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January 2022

Art, Identity, and Power: An Evening with MC Rocky Rivera and Muralist Audrey Chan

January 21 @ 7:00 pm
USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, ca 91101

Join explosive San Francisco rapper and activist Rocky Rivera, acclaimed Los Angeles–based artist and educator Audrey Chan, and USC professor and poet Adrian De Leon (moderator) for an uplifting conversation about social justice, feminism, and using art to empower diasporic communities. This inspiring discussion will lead up to an inspiring performance by Rivera. After the discussion and concert, the audience is invited to meet Rivera at a book signing, take part in a walk-up print workshop by Self Help Graphics, and enjoy…

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Ku’er Worlds: Queering Chinese American Identities in Art and Film

January 27 @ 7:00 pm
Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA), 900 West 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Join some of today’s most exciting artists and filmmakers for a critical, surreal, experimental, and beautifully open exploration of LGBTQ communities and their allies within AAPI cultures. Ku’er, a Chinese slang word for “queer” especially popular in Taiwan, plays on the colloquial term “cool kids,” and encapsulates the subversive spirit of this evening of short films, video art, and lively discussion by Chinese and Chinese American artists who illuminate intersectional identities and shatter constrictive norms attached to gender, sexuality, and…

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Ku’er Worlds: Art and Filmmaking Workshop

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 3550 Trousdale Parkway,
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Following “Ku’er Worlds: Queering Chinese American Identities in Art and Film,” USC students are invited to join acclaimed filmmakers Andrew Thomas Huang, WangShui, and Hao Wu for a hands-on workshop exploring issues related to storytelling, LGBTQ identities, AAPI identities, and cross-cultural exchange, assisted by USC professor Jenny Lin and USC Chinese Studies librarian Tang Li. After sharing their art, experiences, and processes, the artists will lead students through a brainstorming exercise to identify the issues, concerns, and causes that matter…

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April 2022

Borrowed Recipes: Migrant Food Worlds of the Silk Roads

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 3550 Trousdale Parkway,
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Many of the foods we enjoy in Los Angeles arrived via long journeys along the ancient Silk Roads, and are the result of countless exchanges between cultures in East and Central Asia, Persia, Western Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Join us for a conversation about these often hidden—and delicious—culinary histories moderated by science writer Nicola Twilley of the podcast Gastropod, chef Bughra Arkin of Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine, food archaeologist Farrell Monaco of the blog Tavola Mediterranea, food historian Joseph…

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South of Expo: Art, Artists, and Cultural Spaces Since the 1960s

April 29 - April 30

A dynamic series of events will explore the history and future of art, artists, activism, and cultural organizations in South Los Angeles. The program will feature a keynote by renowned art historian and curator Kellie Jones, roundtable discussions with artists and scholars, lunch and exhibitions at the California African American Museum (CAAM), and a dinner and performance at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. For more info click HERE

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