May 8, 2013 6:30pm to May 17, 2013 10:00pm
Asian American Author Series @ InfoUSA Centers
Our featured author, Shawn Wong, will be speaking at our American Cultural Centers while in China. He will be at InfoUSA@BFSU on May 8th and at InfoUSA@NENU on May 10th. Shawn Wong is an author and Professor of English at the University of Washington where he has been on faculty since 194. Wong, himself a Chinese American, is among the pioneers of Asian American literature during its major emergence in the 1970s. Wong’s first novel, Homebase, was published in 1979 and won him the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the 15th Annual Governor's Writers Day Award of Washington. His second novel, American Knees, was published in 1995 and adapted as an independent film by IFC Films in 2006 titled Americanese. The talks at the InfoUSA centers will include a film viewing of Americanese, a romantic drama featuring the break-up of a Hapa (mixed Asian decent) couple and that explores the links between love, memory, and cultural differences in the lives of contemporary Asian Americans, written and directed by Eric Byler and produced by Lisa Onodera.
Institute of American Society and Culture (IASC)
The second Institute for American Society and Culture (IASC) will be held from May 11-17 at Fudan University's Center for American Studies. The lecturers will be American professors Mark J. Rozell and David Hackett.
Rozell is a Public Policy Professor at George Mason University and an expert on American politics. He is the author of nine books and editor of twenty books on various topics pertaining to the U.S. government, including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections. Rozell writes frequent op-ed columns in such publications as Roll Call, USA Today and Politico. He is often asked to comment about his areas of expertise for television and in publications such as The Washington Post and Time Magazine.
Hackett is an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Florida with expertise in American Religious History and the Sociology of Religion. His first book, The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order received the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church. He is currently exploring the relationship between men’s religious lives in Freemasonry and their participation in organized religious life in The Uses of Freemasonry in American Culture. The second edition of his edited reader Religion and American Culture was published in 2003. Dr. Hackett’s personal memoir on the relationship between contemplative Catholicism and Zen Buddhism, The Silent Dialogue: Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk, was published in 1996