Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event With U.S. Fulbrighter William Henry Issel

The film screening & discussion on May 16, at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center, was the second event in our U.S. Heritage Film Club that celebrated the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This time around we watched the acclaimed indie film Gook (2017), directed by Justin Chon. The film is set against the first day of the 1992 Rodney King riots in L.A., and explores issues such as racial representation, ethnic tensions, interracial friendship, racial and ethnic struggle. After historically and culturally contextualizing the film, our guest speaker, historian and professor William Henry Issel, Fulbright Scholar (San Francisco State University), shared his own experience growing up within a racially and ethnically diverse community that had to face consequences of political and economic decisions. Professor Issel then invited the participating students to share their thoughts on the film and on the implications of the film’s discourse. The conversation also touched upon the issue, among others, of the generational divide in a context of racial conflict, but it nonetheless ended on a note of hope, drawing upon one of the film’s messages.

Fake or Truthful

Professor Esther Thyssen, currently a Fulbright Scholar at the American Studies Department at the University of Bucharest, recently went to Timișoara to give a talk at the University of the West. The talk was attended by faculty in American Studies as well as masters students in American Studies. The title of the talk was "Fake or Truthful: Circumstances in Social Practice Art since the 1990s."

On Native American History in Iași

On April 26, 2018, Fulbright ETA Courtney-Sophia Henry spoke to American Studies Masters students at "Alexandru Ioana Cuza" University in Iași. The talk was for a joint class between Literature and Religion: Early Christianity in Early American Literature and Its Legacy, and American Linguistics. Audience members learned about Native American history and religion, and how it contrasts with other theologies. Ms. Henry, who is from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (Ojibwe), shared information on some of the traditional teachings and spirituality of her tribe, as well as the historical background of these practices in the United States.

The Manole Complex

Professor Thomas J. Cousineau, Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest in 2014-2015, recently visited Romania and made a presentation on "The Manole Complex: Staging Movement in WAITING FOR GODOT" at the "Temporalities of Modernism" Conference hosted by the English Department at Babeș-Bolyai University. A few days later, Professor Cousineau conferenced at the National Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event Featuring U.S. Fulbrighter Chealin Won

On Wednesday, May 9, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center hosted a cultural event as part of the Pacific American Heritage Month. The event opened with a screening of the indie film The Motel, directed by Michael Kang, which tells the story of a young boy going through the pains of growing-up, trying out different identities. The screening was followed by a discussion led by our guest speaker, Chealin Won, Fulbright ETA. After engaging the audience – mainly university and high school students – in a short interactive exercise, meant to settle some of the identity and heritage themes explored by the film, Chealin shared her personal perspective on Korean-American identity, touching upon issues such as growing up in two worlds, navigating cultures and negotiating culture-specific norms, models of masculinity-femininity across cultures, class differences, (inter)ethnic stereotypes. Chealin also talked about ethnic identity in the academia, the hits and misses of living inside a new language, and the role and impact one’s own ethnic community has in helping the individual adjust to new norms and customs.
Many thanks to Chealin Won for a fruitful and lively discussion, and for joining us in this event!

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