Asian Cinevision and the 36th Annual Asian American Film Festival co-organized the 2014 Asian and Asian American Film Series. The film screenings take place on Monday nights at the Powell Family Cinema at the Center for Film Studies. The most recent film, “An Unbounded Romance,” screened on Feb. 24 and was followed with a discussion moderated by, from left, Marguerite Nguyen, assistant professor of English; Stéphanie Ponsavady, assistant professor of French; Miri Nakamura, chair and assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, assistant professor of East Asian studies; and Amy Tang, assistant professor of American studies and English.
Stéphanie Ponsavady and Miri Nakamura discuss “An Unbounded Romance.” Most films are followed by a Q&A session with Wesleyan faculty or film directors. By showcasing new and provocative representations of the Asian diaspora from a range of national perspectives, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Czech Republic and the United States, the event seeks to build the presence of Asian and Asian American studies on campus. It also fosters connections and dialogues about race, nation, identity, hybridity and migration across the interdisciplinary fields of East Asian studies, English, American studies, romance languages and literatures and film studies.
Miri Nakamura and Amy Tang speak about the film. The series is sponsored by Wesleyan Academic Affairs, the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Film Studies, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Department of English, and the Asian American Student Collective. The selected films explore a broad range of contemporary topics including: mixed race identity in Japan; inter-ethnic affiliations and divides in Singapore; the anomie of modern urban life; and themes of childhood, displacement, loss and longing. (Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)