Thursday, February 09, 2006

Awesome Symposium Coming Up: Beauty & Power In the Filipino/American Communities - UCB 2/18

Featuring Performances & Readings by po' bloggers Barbara Jane Reyes, Jean Vengua, Veronica Reyes, and presentation by Shirley J. Lim. Go to Barbara Jane's blog to read about it. I wish I could go to this. Interesting to read their remarks about this particular type of nausea, since it's really what I suffer from in reality -- ha, right now; and how tied this is to particular kinds of research -- into the True Heart of Darkness at the intersection of Power, Class & Race in America and how that's engendered in our bodies. The worst of it happening when I was researching conditions for women in the Deep South at the turn of the last century for the Memphis Minnie screenplay. Rape, the underside of lynching. And then dealing with how one's own body and mode of being is coded by this unspoken herstory. And that, may take a lifetime to play out completely. Como me da asco.
filipina/o beauty

Saturday, February 18, 2006
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
370 Dwinelle Hall
UC Berkeley

Refreshments will be served at 12:00pm.

Noël Alumit
Veronica Montes
Barbara Jane Reyes
Jean Vengua

Shirley J. Lim, SUNY - Stony Brook
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, San Francisco State
Elizabeth H. Pisares
Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez, University of San Francisco
Joanne L. Rondilla, UC Berkeley
Roland Tolentino, University of the Philippines

A meeting with performance artists, writers, poets, and academics, Beauty and Power in Filipino/American Communities examines how Filipino/American communities are affected by notions of beauty — how are these notions internalized, embraced, and subverted? What does it mean to talk about beauty in the context of the global circulation of stereotypes of Filipinos/as — as prostitutes, servants, domestic workers, caregivers, and exploitable labor? This one day conference will include discussions about pageants, rituals, body type, skin color, etc.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Critical Filipina/o Studies Working Group

Asian American Studies Program * Beatrice Bain Research Group * Center for Race and Gender * Center for Southeast Asia Studies * Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures Department of Ethnic Studies * Department of Gender and Women's Studies

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