AAAS Inaugural Lecture Series

Hello Kitty

Kawaii: Fraught Innocence in Asian (American) Commodity Culture

Speaker: Christina Yano, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

February 23, 2017 - 4:30pm | Ahmanson Auditorium

Dr. Yano has undergraduate degrees in Communication (Film) from Stanford University and Musicology (Ethnomusicology) from the University of Michigan. Her graduate degrees are all from the University of Hawai'i, M.A. in Musicology (Ethnomusicology) and Anthropology, and Ph.D. in Anthropology. Her book entitled Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song (2002) analyzed the Japanese popular music genre, enka, as a cultural form that incorporates constructions of emotion, gender, and nation.

(Re)Connecting Asian/American Studies across Transforming Disciplines and Communities 

Speaker: Linda Trinh Vo, UC Irvine

March 21, 2017 - 3:30pm | Malone 112

Dr. Vo received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC San Diego and was a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow. In addition to publishing journal articles and book chapters, she authored Mobilizing an Asian American Community. She is CoChair of the Community Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County; Director of Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project; and Co-Curator of Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories exhibition.

Chinese Cinema with Hollywood Characteristics 

Speaker: Michael Berry, UCLA

April 4, 2017 - 1:00pm | Malone 112

Dr. Berry received his PhD from Columbia University and is the author of several books, including Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers. Michael Berry’s areas of research include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cinema, and popular culture. His work addresses the richness and diversity of Chinese art and culture across mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Sinophone communities. Sponsored by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Asian & Asian American Studies Department