The Transformation of Chinese America: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority and Everything in Between

The UCLA Asia Pacific Center presents the culminating event for ChinaWeek 2019 with a public forum focusing on the ways in which immigration and US-China relations have shaped Chinese American life over time. Scholars and community leaders from southern California will share their research and perspectives on issues such as:

A book talk with Solmaz Sharif

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her debut collection LOOK (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 PEN Open Book Award. In 2017, Sharif was the recipient of the 27th annual PEN Center USA Literary award in Poetry for LOOK. Sharif has published poetry in the New Republic and Poetry, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Talk by Peter Hessler, Writer and journalist

Peter Hessler is an American writer and journalist. He is the author of four acclaimed books about China and has contributed numerous articles to The New Yorker and National Geographic, among other publications. In 2011, Hessler received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in recognition and encouragement of his "keenly observed accounts of ordinary people responding to the complexities of life in such rapidly changing societies as Reform Era China."
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

Anusha Kedhar- Sringaram and the Politics of the Erotic in Bharata Natyam

Anusha Kedhar is an Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. Her research interests include dance and global political economy; yoga in India and the Indian diaspora; and the performance of eroticism and sexuality in Indian dance. Her current book project, Flexible Bodies: British South Asian Dancers in the Age of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press), examines South Asian dance and dancers in Britain at the nexus of neoliberalism and postcoloniality. Kedhar's scholarly writing has been published in Dance Research Journal, The Feminist Wire, and The New York Times.

Israel in 3D Community Conference

In the Y&S Nazarian Center's latest community conference, Israeli and American speakers will explore how the US and Israel have experienced and influenced each other in three key areas: entertainment, religion, and business and technology.

About the Conference
Israel is a nation that has been greatly impacted by America. But the country of 8 million people has also influenced the United States in many ways.


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