Spring 2015 Events

Chinese Language Dining Table

January 20, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Japanese Language Dining Table

January 22, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

January 27, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

January 29, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

February 3, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

February 5, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

February 10, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

February 12, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

February 17, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

February 19, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'A Touch of Sin' - with Shu-chin Tsui

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February 19, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. This daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. 

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (China, 2013) and presented by Shu-Chin Tsui, professor of Asian studies and cinema studies, A Touch of Sin is the winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, and an official selection of the 2013 NYFF. 

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students. 

The public is welcomed at no charge and tickets are not required.

The 2nd Annual World Cinema Festival is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Latin American Studies Program, the Asian Studies Program, the African Studies Program, the Russian Department, the German Department, the Romance Languages Department, the English Department, MacMillan House, the Bowdoin Film Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.

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Chinese Language Dining Table

February 24, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Sri Lanka Tea & Culture Night

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February 25, 20156:00 PM – 7:30 PM
30 College Street, Great Room

Tea and food are two staples of Sri Lankan culture. Come taste traditional foods of Sri Lanka and hear stories about living in Sri Lanka from students, faculty, and staff of the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program. Brought to you by the ISLE Program and the Bowdoin International Club.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

February 26, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

March 3, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Ido Misato: "Creating Gilded Spaces: Kaisho and the Gilded Folding Screens"

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March 3, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

In her presentation, Ido Misato explores the meaning of spaces defined by gilded folding screens.A gilded folding screen is a screen for which gold is used as the background, and on which in many cases flowers and/or birds with seasonal landscape are depicted. It was regarded as an important gift and export from Japan to China and Korea; although the form of the folding screen itself originated in China, the gold background was unique to Japan.

Unlike pictures on room partitions, which are architecturally fixed, folding screens are generally portable, which enabled them to create a temporary space as the occasion demanded. Folding screens functioned as borders between interior and exterior spaces and in ritual spaces. Above all, the glittering and gorgeous surface of the gilded screens was suitable for and, indeed, could create extraordinary spaces for religious rituals. The space enclosed by the gold screens could be transformed into an ideal space, if just for a passing moment.

Sponsored by: The Annie Talbot Cole Fund, the Asian Studies Program, and the Art History Department

Misato is the project assistant professor at the Institute of Advanced Study of Asia at the University of Tokyo. She is currently a visiting fellow in the department of East Asian studies at Princeton University.


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Japanese Language Dining Table

March 5, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

March 24, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime heldweekly in the Thorne Dining Commons,Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in acasual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meetother Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the localcommunity. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level,but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students fromChina or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if youare interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Film Screening and Discussion with Toru Shinoda: 'Hafu,' and "What Does it Mean to be Japanese"?

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March 25, 20156:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan; some visible, others not. The film Hafu explores the intricacies of the multicultural experience in modern day Japan as it follows the lives of five "hafus"-the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese-in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. It examines the issues of race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity within this new community to answer the question of what it means to be hafu, to be Japanese, and ultimately, what all of it means for Japan. 

Narrated by the hafus themselves, the viewer is guided through a myriad of experiences that are influenced by upbringing, family relationships, education, and even physical appearance. As five unique life stories become interwoven, audiences discover the depth and diversity of hafu personal identities. 

The screening will be followed by a student panel discussion moderated by Professor Toru Shinoda, faculty of social sciences at Waseda University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. 

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Japanese Language Dining Table

March 26, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

March 31, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

April 2, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Namiko Kunimoto: "Artist Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"

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April 7, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

After Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II, Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation, bringing drastic changes. Japan was disarmed, its empire dissolved, its form of government changed to a democracy, and its economy and education system reorganized and rebuilt. By the 1950s, a former enemy became a Western ally, and parts of American culture became part of the Japanese landscape. This was not, however, an era of unadulterated “influence” from the West, nor a simple abandonment of domestic politics for a new devotion to transnationalism. This was a time that was ambivalent and uncertain, challenging and rousing. To be an avant-garde artist in this context meant that one aimed for lofty ideals: to restructure one’s own sense of place in the world, through art and for art. 

Artist Nakamura Hiroshi's work in this period was influenced by the American military occupation of the Japanese town of Sagawa, and the conflicts between the townspeople and soldiers. His paintings came to represent the genre of Reportage Painting, in which young artists expressed Socialist concerns through their art in a style combining Social Realism and Surrealism. 

Dr. Namiko Kunimoto, assistant professor of art history at Ohio State University, is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in gender, urbanization, photography, performance art, transnationalism, and nation formation. She will examine how Nakamura Hiroshi used representation to interrogate the inter-relationship of artistic status, politics, and selfhood. 

Sponsored by The Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund and the Departments of Art History and Asian Studies.


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Chinese Language Dining Table

April 7, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

April 9, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

April 14, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

April 16, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

April 21, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

April 23, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

April 28, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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Japanese Language Dining Table

April 30, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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Chinese Language Dining Table

May 5, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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