“Next Chapter”: AZN Zine’s Second Issue

AZN Zine released its second issue, “Next Chapter,” in December. This new publication strives to connect and empower global Asian communities by serving as a space for Asian creators to share their work. The issue contains poetry, short stories, photography, music, and artwork that “[center] on how growth is necessary to move on to the next chapter.”  Click here to read AZN Zine’s second issue, “Next Chapter.”Click here to read AZN Zine’s first issue, “Outsider.”

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1882 At: “Asian Americans on Celluloid” Launch

On November 14, the Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC) launched “Asian Americans on Celluloid” at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. This film timeline gives students a fun way to learn how Asian American representation and experiences have changed over time.  The initial release contains 20 viewing guides and four introductory essays on Asian American filmmaking eras. MAARC intends to expand it to 45 films over the next year. Eric Hung, MAARC Executive Director and Co-Founder, and Irene Chien, Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg…

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“Ethnic” Food and the Cultural Legacies of Orientalism

Links to this week's readings can be found at: https://linktr.ee/1882WeeklyReadings This week, we're looking at the messy intersections of food and culture with hopes of untangling the ways in which Orientalist tropes often reappear in disguise as multiculturalism. Can food truly act as a space for unproblematic cultural exchange? How can we create a vision of multiculturalism that centers not only the food itself but the people who make it?  Readings: Anthony Bourdain (articles linked above) — In an era in which the hunger for “culturally authentic”…

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07.30: Orientalism, Part II — “Scientific Orientalism”

Notes and questions for Part I of Said's Orientalism can be found here. You can register for our upcoming Book Chats at: https://linktr.ee/1882foundation In Part II of Orientalism, Said continues with his description of the historical underpinnings of Orientalist thinking, shifting his attention to the modern foundations of Orientalism in 18th-century Europe. As Europe / the West progressed technologically, Said explains that Orientalists began viewing Asia as a place which could regenerate Europe spiritually. Orientalism in the 1800s thus introduced a new philosophical development: the Orient as…

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July 23 Weekly Book Chat Update: Notes / Readings on Returning Home

Following last week's discussion of Orientalism, we're shifting our focus to the idea of homeland — as culture, as concept, as a real or imagined place. In an era where xenophobia and racism reign and mass consumption has reduced “culture” to a corporate buzzword, the question we want to focus on this week is: what does a meaningful connection to homeland look like?  “Here on the earth where bones are buried, the question remains: if the birds of history alight by a ritual of body…

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July 16 Weekly Book Chat Update: Notes on “Orientalism”, Chapter I

Our first book for our Weekly Book Chats is Orientalism, by Edward Said. You can find the registration link for the Book Chats here: https://linktr.ee/1882Foundation under "Weekly Book Chat Registration"   Why we chose this book:  Said’s Orientalism paved the way for modern studies of colonialism. Using the term “Orientalism” to refer to depictions and fabrications of the “East” by Western colonial powers such as the late British empire, Said outlined a theory of cultural imperialism, arguing that Western depictions of “Eastern” culture were driven by a false…

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