Oct. 16, 2014 - Gish Jen - As part of the Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, acclaimed Chinese American author Gish Jen read from her latest novel, "World and Town" (winner of the 2011 Massachusetts Book Prize in fiction). Jen is also the author of "The Love Wife," "Mona in the Promised Land," and "Typical American;" the short story collection "Who’s Irish;" and "Tiger Writing," a collection of essays based on her Massey lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University.
October 2-3, 2014- The Southeast Asian American Studies Conference took place at the University of Minnesota. The theme for the conference was “The States of Southeast Asian American Studies.” UMass Lowell CAAS faculty presented in two sessions, including the closing plenary, an interactive session on Southeast Asian Americans in New England.
Sept. 24, 2014 - "Year Zero" UMass Lowell Night at MRT
During its production of "Year Zero," a play about Cambodian American youth, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre hosted a UMass Lowell Night for students, staff, and faculty. The event included a pre-show reception and a post-show discussion with the cast and crew. Co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies, English Department and Theatre Arts program.
May 3, 2014 - Cambodian Workers Speak Out
Labor leaders from Cambodia visited the Lowell Elder Care Center to talk about organizing for garment workers’ rights in the face of poverty wages, dangerous working conditions, and brutal repression. Cosponsored with Family Unity Network, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA), and Massachusetts Jobs with Justice.
April 24, 2014 - Screening of "Cambodian Son"
CAAS co-sponsored the Lowell screening of "Cambodian Son," a documentary about poet Kosal Khiev and the deportation of Cambodian Americans. The screening and discussion of immigration and deportation issues took place at Pailin City Restaurant (6 Branch Street, Lowell, MA). Co-sponsors included UMass Lowell Department of Sociology, Family Unity Network, CMAA, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, Alliance for Secular and Democratic South Asia, Asian American Resource Workshop, and United Teen Equality Center. Learn more about the film on the Cambodian Son website.
April 3, 2014 - Celebrate Cambodian Arts
An all-day festival honoring Cambodian arts and culture. The day included a poetry reading by Cambodian poet Tararith Kho (UMass Lowell Cultural Studies); a workshop on post-traumatic stress in refugee cultures, led by CAAS professors Khanh Dinh and Ivy Ho (Psychology); an exhibit of ceramics and sculpture by Master Ceramicist Yary Livan; and a performance by Angkor Dance Troupe and Flying Orb, with specialist guests UMass Lowell World Music Ensemble. Angkor Dance Troupe premiered “Apsara Dancing Stones.” Cosponsored with Angkor Dance Troupe; Flying Orb Productions; UML Departments of Music, Cultural Studies, and English; Center for Arts and Ideas; and Cambodian American Student Association. Read about the event in this article from the Lowell Sun.
March 4, 2014 - “We Will Not be Moved: Southeast Asian American Interventions on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debates” a lecture by UMass Boston Professor Loan Dao
Prof. Loan Dao is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at UMass Boston. She spoke on Southeast Asian American youth activism and their contributions to recent debates on immigration. Cosponsored with the Work, Labor, and Society Program.
Oct. 3, 2013 - “Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream,” a lecture by Tufts Prof. Pawan Dhingra
Prof. Pawan Dhingra, Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tufts University, discussed his latest book, Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream. Professor Dhingra specializes in studies of the Asian American and Indian American communities, cultural identity, and entrepreneurship. Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream explores the accomplishment and marginalization of the Indian Americans who own about half of the motels in the U.S., and most hail from the same region in India.