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First Saturday East Asian Program Series - Fall 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:30am

The Portland State University  Institute for Asian Studies is pleased to partner with the First Saturday PDX: East Asia Program Committee to host

First Saturday: an East Asian Program Series

A monthly program featuring lectures on art, architecture, gardens and historical culture of China and East Asia, highlighting connections with the Pacific NW.

DATE: Every first Saturday of the month.   |   TIME: 9:30 - 11:00am

Lectures are FREE and open to public.

Fall 2014   SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 13, 9:30-11:00am   |    Location:  PSU College of Urban Affairs Bldg, Rm 250

Presenter:  Ms. Maihwa Frances Li
Topic:  Distilling the Essence of Chinese Poetic (Literati) Gardens.
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Learn about the design elements of Chinese classical gardens and how they reflect layers of meanings reflecting Chinese thought, culture and refinement. 

Painter and educator, Maihwa Frances Li was born in Shanghai, China, grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, has resided in Missouri and New York and now calls Portland, Oregon home.  Trained in both traditional Chinese-style and Western-style painting, Ms. Li, has taught in upstate New York and regularly teaches Chinese brush paiting in Portland.  She is also a regular volunteer with the Portland LanSu Chinese Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the Portland Art Museum.  

Saturday, October 4, 9:30-11:00am   |    Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 338

Presenter:  Dr. Juwen Zhang,  Willamette University
Topic:  Folklore, Asian American Identity, and Cultural Heritage
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Cultural heritage not only encompasses monuments and objects, but also non-physical aspects of a particular culture (Intangible Culture Heritage, ICH) often maintained by social values and practices, traditions, customs, expressions, and beliefs which are passed on between generations. While often fragile, intangible cultural heritage is important in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. An understanding of the ICH of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life. The safeguarding of cultural intangibles includes the study of folklore, which is the focus of this presentation. 

What is folklore? Who are the folk? How can folklore be essential to Asian American Identity? Why is cultural heritage widely talked about nowadays? What ICH is being transformed cross-culturally in the USA and why is cultural sustainability becoming a hot topic? Through this program, Dr. Zhang will attempt to answer these questions by linking those ideas to our own everyday practices. 


Saturday, November 1, 9:30-11:00am   |    Location: TBA

Presenter:  TBA
Topic: TBA

Saturday, December 6, 9:30-11:00am   |    Location: TBA

Presenter:  TBA
Topic: TBA

The PSU College of Urban Affairs is located at  between 5th & 6th Avenues, Portland (on the Streetcar and Yellow and Green MAX lines.

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