To curb the country’s exploding population, China limits most families to one child, or in certain circumstances, two children. Due to cultural, social, and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China.
The United States is often described as a nation of immigrants, a characterization that erases the history of indigenous people to the formation of the nation. At the same time, many Americans harbor intense fears about "the huddled masses" and "the wretched refuse" from other shores. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Judy Wu, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program, the Ohio State University, will explore the historical origins and contemporary manifestations of how the U.S. became a “gatekeeping” nation.
Dr. Maki Isaka, Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Minnesota, will discuss the history, background and special characteristics of Kabuki, mainly onnagata (female impersonator) where a male plays a female role. Female impersonation has been an important aspect of the kabuki dramaturgy since the seventeenth century to date. The lecture examines how this theatrical gender impersonation has shaped both the concept of femininity and the economy of gender construction in Japan.
This holiday celebration combines the traditional Halloween customs of North America with other fall holiday customs celebrated around the world. This includes the African American “Kwanzaa”; the Asian Indian “Diwali”; the Chinese and Vietnamese “Mid-Autumn Festival”; “Chusok,” the Korean Thanksgiving; the Japanese “Bon” holiday; the Nigerian “Yam Festival”; The Mexican “Day of the Dead”; and the Native American Fall Harvest.
Asian Culture Night 2013…a night of cultural explorASIAN through the performing arts!
Join us for a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the world of the Japanese Kabuki artist at this year’s Asian Culture Night special feature “Kabuki and Onnagata: The Making of a Woman.” Maki Isaka, Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Minnesota, will give a pre-performance introduction. The tradition of employing onnagata, male actors who play women’s roles, began when the Japanese government banned women from the Kabuki stage in 1629.