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Asian Culture Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Year Events

Red Heroine, A Silent Film Showing Accompanied by a Live Music Performance

Sponsored by IU Asian Culture Center, Union Board, and Department of Communication and Culture
Date: Monday, September 15, 2008
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union, and Department of Communication and Culture

The Devil Music Ensemble is offering a live music performance with an amazing and virtually unknown classic silent Chinese Kung Fu film called Red Heroine (directed by Wen Yimin 1929). The performance consists of a projection of this amazing film accompanied by a new original soundtrack performed live by the DME. This film is the only feature length Chinese martial arts film from the silent era that still exists in its entirety! The score created by the DME will be the only modern score to be written specifically for this film!
This performance gives students the opportunity to see an extremely rare film from the silent era given new life with a brand new score by the DME. The event highlights issues of cultural difference in relation to gender, cultural traditions of music, the roots of martial arts cinema, and the traditional/updated combination of live music with silent film.

About the film
starring Fan Xuepeng and directed by Wen Yimin 1929 Episode six of RED KNIGHT-ERRANT a.k.a. RED HEROINE, the only surviving episode of the 13-part serial, is also one of the few complete and earliest extant silent martial arts films. This a prime example of the Wuxia pain (errant knight swordplay genre) often based on published novels or serials. A band of outlaws raids a village and kidnaps a maiden, causing the death of the young woman's grandmother. The captive maiden is rescued by a mysterious Daoist hermit and reemerges three years later as a full-fledged warrior, flying to the sky to revenge her grandmother's death. While generously sprinkled with anachronisms and prurient incongruities (imagine a bandit's harem of beauties in bikinis!), the film remains a robust telling of a young woman's transformation from abject victim to resolute warrior.

Moon Festival
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2008
Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Venue: Dunn Meadow (7th and Dunn)
Come join Asian Student Union's member organizations celebrate Moon Festival. Sample free food and performances to learn how many different countries celebrate this holiday. Co-hosted by Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Hong Kong Student Association, Japanese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Malaysian Student Association, Singapore Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association & Vietnamese Student Association

ACC 10th Anniversary Celebration
Date: October 3, 2008
Social hour at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hosted by APAFSC (by invitation only)
Venue: Faculty Room, University Club at Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington
ACC 10th Anniversary Banquet at 7 p.m. and Dance at 9 pm till midnight
Venue: Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union
We would like to honor the many faculty, staff, community members, and students who helped make this Center a treasured resource for everyone. Today, we are asking for your support to make this celebration happen. Your contribution in the form of purchasing banquet tickets would make a crucial difference! You may reserve your dinner tickets online at Additional information about the celebration can also be found on this website. We look forward to celebrating with you!

EK Kulintang Concert
Presented in partnership with Latino Cultural Center, Latino Studies, Asian Student Union, and the Percussion Dept of the School of Music
Date: Friday, October 10, 2008
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: IMU Gallery (By Starbucks Coffee Shop)
Description: ELECTRIC KULINTANG featuring Roberto Rodriguez - laptop electronics, cajon la peru, drums and Susie Ibarra on acoustic and electric kulintang, voice, drums. More info on
Eight small round gongs lie horizontally in a rectangular box and shimmer to the touch of soft wooden sticks. The sound is intricate, playful, liquid, the tuning flexible and untethered to a specific scale. Now hand drums weave in, offering a loose countervailing beat. A laptop beams loops and samples from field recordings: traditional music groups, children at play, street noise, a call to prayer taped off a hazy transistor radio.

This is the soundscape of Electric Kulintang, the venture of wife-and-husband team Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez that conjugates her Filipino and his Cuban cultural heritage with the experimentalism of the New York improvised music scene they inhabit. Deeply rooted yet entirely new, it is one of those refreshing projects that ushers the listener into a total sonic experience just past the edge of the familiar, in the process subjecting the superannuated concept of ‘‘world music’’ to some much-needed creative destruction. - Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe

ACC’s Over a Cup of Tea presents: The Grace Lee Project
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Time and Venue: TBA
Description: Join us for a screening and conversation with filmmaker, Grace Lee about her documentary, the Grace Lee Project:
“When Korean American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. Once she left the Midwest however, everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace Lee." But why did they assume that all Grace Lees were reserved, dutiful, piano-playing overachievers? The filmmaker plunges into a highly unscientific investigation into all those Grace Lees who break the mold -- from a fiery social activist to a rebel who tried to burn down her high school. With wit and charm, The Grace Lee Project puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question, "What's in a name?"

February, 2009
ACC’s Over A Cup of Tea presents: “The Year of Michi Weglyn”

March 5, 2009
Lecture and Performance by Magdalen Hsu Li
Magdalen Hsu-Li is an internationally acclaimed bi, feminist, Asian American, musician, visual artist, speaker, and cultural activist who is redefining the female musician and smashing the ceiling in the American music industry. She has been called a one woman dynamo of talent, her music described as "exquisitely furious, beautiful, & exciting" by Performing Songwriter Magazine, "sweet, melodic, & real" by the New York Times, "an achingly gorgeous collection of piano based rock recalling the finest moments of Tori Amos or Ben Folds Five" by Yolk Magazine and a sumptuous feast for the ears by Curve Magazine. A Magazine says "her blend of hard-grounded folk and sweet siren lyrics makes an enduring impression upon the American music scene her distinguishing factor is her cool, edgy, sound and courage to be sensitive, tender, and feminine. As she carves her identity as an artist in an industry where Asian women are not thought of as musical powerhouses or innovators - Magdalen is a rare force with which to reckon."

April, 2009
ACC’s Over A Cup of Tea presents “A Conversation with Jenny 8 Lee, Author of Fortune Cookie