(May-July) Southeast Asia in Southern California: Events Calendar

Friday, May 11th, 2012. Filed under: Happenings

Courtesy of UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Presentations, Conferences, Performances, Festivals, and More…

Films and Exhibitions below


Monday, May 14, 2012
Allos: The Story of Carlos Bulosan

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Doors open: 6:00pm

Show starts: 6:30pm

Followed by discussion and reception

University Park

Cal Poly Pomona

3801 West Temple Avenue

Pomona, California 91768

Free and open to the public but parking is $5.


This one-man production by Wes Gabrillo depicts the life of Carlos Bulosan, a writer and poet who immigrates from the Philippines to escape poverty and colonialism. Upon arriving to America in hopes of opportunity and freedom, he faces new obstacles, and searches for a way to fit into American society.


Production by: Mezçlão; Hosted by: Pilipino American Studies Kollective

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Reciprocity and/as Vengeance:
Art and Cultural Patronage in the Philippines during the Marcos Years

4:00 – 5:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall (10th floor)

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Web announcement here.


Book talk by Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Author of Institutions and Icons of Patronage: Arts and Culture in the Philippines during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986


Based on primary documents and interviews, Baluyut’s book, Institutions and Icons of Patronage: Arts and Culture in the Philippines during the Marcos Years, 1965-1986, seeks to understand the politics and aesthetics of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ rule through the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine High School for the Arts, and the National Museum of the Philippines.


Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA. She has taught art history, theory, and criticism at the Institute of American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and other colleges and universities in the United States, including the California State University, San Bernardino, from 2006 to 2011 as Assistant Professor of Art.


Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


Saturday, May 26, 2012
UCLA Samahang Pilipino Culture Night

6:00 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Royce Hall

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Web announcement here.

Free and open to the public but tickets required.  Those with a UCLA ID can pick up 2 tickets apiece at the Central Ticket Office the preceding week.  All others should contact Samahang Pilipino.


Annual Culture Night by UCLA’s Samahang Pilipino.  Philippine and Filipino American drama, music, dance, martial arts, and much more.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012  
The Ethos of Rice:

The Ethics behind the Traditional Culture of Rice and its Production in the Philippines

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

3400 Boelter Hall

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement here.


Colloquium with Prof. Jeannette L. Yasol-Naval, Department of Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman


This talk will share the results of a study on the ethos of rice which explores the ethical and cultural dynamics of rice in the Philippines. It has revealed a valuation of rice and its production that transcends the economic and technological significance of the crop. It shows that rice is an embodiment of a unique farmer-land relationship, an investment of time, faith, taste and a wide gamut of valuations. Rice is a way of life; it gives the farmers a sense of community, fulfillment and completeness. It is an extension of themselves and the foundation of their families. The study likewise reveals a unique environmental ethics that recognizes the farmers’ strong affinity with the land.


Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the current Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her research interests are in the areas of applied philosophy, particularly Environmental Ethics and Pilosopiyang Pilipino (Filipino Philosophy). Recent publications include a number of articles and two books: Pamimilosopiya: Mga Pagdulog at Konsepto sa Pilosopiya (Approaches to Philosophy) published by the U.P. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino in 2011, and From Kapre to Ecological Conscience: The Holistic Perspective of Environmental Ethics (Kasarinlan , International Publication  of the U.P. Third World Studies Center).  Dr. Yasol-Naval is currently doing research on Food Ethics and the Feminization of Agriculture.


Sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.


Sunday, June 3, 2012
Cambodian Inland Fisheries and Newly Found Species

1:00 PM

UCC Plaza

2338 E. Anaheim St.

Long Beach, CA 90804

Tel. 562-856-1254

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement at http://coastfishclub.com/ncms/.


Lecture by Dr. So Nam, Director, Inland Fisheries Research & Development Institute of Cambodia


Selected recent scientific research papers co-authored by Dr. So Nam:  (2012) “Trading off fish biodiversity, food security, and hydropower in the Mekong River Basin;” (2011) “Fisheries Management and Development in Tonle Sap Great Lake, Cambodia;” (2011) “Fisheries Resources in Cambodia: Implications for Food Security, Human Nutrition and Conversation;” (2010) “Market Channel and Trade of Fermented Small-Sized Fish Paste in Cambodia:” and (2010) “Aquaculture for the Poor in Cambodia – Lessons Learned.”


Sponsored by the COAST Tropical Fish Club.


Sunday, July 8, 2012
Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines – A Celebration of Global Filipino Music

7:00 PM

Hollywood Bowl

2301 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90068


Website: www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/performance-detail.cfm?id=4846

Tickets range from $17 – $148


Artists: Apl.de.ap With Members of The Black Eyed Peas – Will.i.am & Taboo, Ogie Alcasid, Dessa, Harana Kings, Kayamanan Ng Lahi, Legaci, Martin Nievera, Jeremy Passion, Philippine Chamber Singers – Los Angeles, Rondalla Club of Los Angeles, Sandwich, Nicole Scherzinger, Lou Diamond Phillips, co-host; Vanessa Hudgens, co-host; Jo Koy, co-host; Anthony Valadez, host.




Thursday, May 10, 2012
40 years of silence: An Indonesian tragedy

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Interdisciplinary South Building 1128, Screening Room

University of California, Riverside

900 University Avenue

Riverside, CA 92521

Free with RSVP TO www.iamfa.com

Directions to UC Riverside: map.ucr.edu/imap/index.html

Film website: www.40yearsofsilence.com


Film screening of a documentary film by Robert Lemelson

Followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker: Robert Lemelson, Historian: Baskara Wardaya, and Moderator: Henk Maier


Directed by anthropologist Robert Lemelson and edited by two-time Academy Award winner Pietro Scalia, “40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy” is a moving feature length documentary film about one of the most horrific chapters in Indonesia’s history.  In one of the largest unknown mass killings of the 20th century, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were secretly and systematically killed in 1965-1966, when General Suharto began a bloody purge of suspected communists throughout Indonesia.


Over time, the survivors and their families attempt to find ways to deal with a tragedy that was not openly recognized by their neighbors, government or the world. Through their stories, the audience will come to understand modern-day Indonesia’s potential for retribution, rehabilitation and reconciliation within this troubled historical context.  The characters’ narratives illustrate that such violence creates tears in the social and political fabric of society, which can take generations to heal.


Saturday, May 12, 2012
The End/Beginning (Cambodia)

12 noon

Hope and Freedom Film Festival

Art Theatre

2025 East 4th Street

Long Beach, CA 90814

(562) 438-5435

Web announcement at hopeandfreedomfilmfestival.org/index.html


Film Screening followed by Q&A with writer/narrator Sophal Ear, Ph.D.


On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh. The war was over but instead of celebrating the end of the conflict, all citizens of the capital were ordered to evacuate their homes. Life was perilous. This film captures the story of a family’s harrowing escape from Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. A journey through Cambodia, Vietnam, France, and America unfolds. Sometimes the end is the beginning of something precious. Hope may be fragile but the human spirit is strong and fearless.  Director: Angeline Swee


Through Sunday, May 20, 2012
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

In addition to these feature-length films from Southeast Asia, the Festival will be screening numerous other Asian films, Asian American films, and short films from Southeast Asia.

Various venues and ticket prices

Website: asianfilmfestla.org/2012/


ARISAN! 2 (Indonesia)

6:45 PM

Tuesday, May 15

CGV Cinemas 2


Directed by: Nia Dinata 2011


Eight years have passed since Arisan!, and much has changed in the lives of the five best friends. A fusion between drama and comedy, this sequel is a witty combination of whimsy and wisdom.



BLOOD LETTER (Thien Menh Anh Hung) (Vietnam)


7:30 PM

Saturday, May 12

Directors Guild of America 2


9:30 PM

Tuesday, May 15

CGV Cinemas 3


The latest feature by longtime Festival artist Victor Vu is a rollicking action epic featuring fight choreography by Johnny Tri Nguyen (THE REBEL). In this revenge drama, Nguyen Vu is the sole survivor of his family who was executed by the empress of Vietnam. Upon discovering that his family may have been framed for crimes they did not commit, he sets out on a path for revenge.



COMRADE ORYANG (Ka Oryang) (Philippines)


6:45 PM

Monday, May 14

CGV Cinemas 2


Directed by: Sari Dalena 2011


A young woman witnesses the beginnings of a revolution during Martial Law. Skeptical at first, she slowly becomes a part of the rebel movement fighting the dictator Marcos. Guilty by association, Oryang is captured and detained while serving on a medical mission in the rural Philippines. Oryang becomes a witness to the systemic human rights atrocities the military used against political detainees. What complicates her experience is that when she is captured, she is with child. She must steel herself so that she and her unborn baby can survive the horrendous conditions they find themselves in, where psychological, physical, and sexual torture looms as an ever-present tool of their captors.



GIVE UP TOMORROW (Philippines)


5:00 PM

Saturday, May 12

Directors Guild of America 2


5:00 PM

Friday, May 18

Art Theatre of Long Beach


Directed by: Michael Collins 2011


On a stormy night in July 1997, two sisters disappear without a trace… Simultaneously a murder-mystery and an exposé of endemic corruption in the Philippines today, Give Up Tomorrow looks intimately at the case of Paco Larrañaga, a student accused of murder on the provincial island of Cebu. The film exposes a Kafkaesque world populated by flamboyantly crooked public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. It’s also an intimate drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry, sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.



GOLDEN SLUMBERS (Sommeil d’or) (Cambodia)


4:45 PM

Tuesday, May 15

CGV Cinemas 3


4:30 PM

Sunday, May 20

Art Theatre of Long Beach


Directed by: Davy Chou 2011


Cambodian cinema flourished in the 1960s, drawing huge crowds to theaters around the country, until the industry was destroyed by the Khmers Rouges in 1975. Of the 400 films produced, only 30 remain today. Almost all the actors were killed during the reign of Pol Pot and only a few of the directors were able to flee the country. Most of the old movie theaters of Phnom Penh have become restaurants, karaoke clubs or squats. Golden Slumbers resurrects the myths and legends of this lost cinema. Through survivors’ stories and the search for remnants of their era in modern Phnom Penh, the film reveals the vital importance movies had for an entire generation, as well as the complex legacy they leave today’s youth to inherit.



HEADSHOT (Thailand)


9:30 PM

Saturday, May 12

CGV Cinemas 3


Directed by: Pen-ek Ratanaruang


A return to the crime genre for Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang (6IXTYNIN9, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE), HEADSHOT is a noir-laced thriller about a hitman who is shot in the head and wakes up to find that he sees everything upside down.



SONGLAP (Malaysia)


5:30 PM

Sunday, May 13

CGV Cinemas 3


Directed by: Fariza Azlina Isahak, Effendee Mazlan 2010


Set in the metropolitan world of Kuala Lumpur, SONGLAP follows the story of two brothers – AM (Shaheizy Sam) and AD (Mohd. Syafie Naswip) who work for a baby trafficking syndicate run by an elderly woman nicknamed MAMA. Employed as couriers to deliver the babies to couples who have bought them, the two brothers soon find themselves at a crossroad when the desire to escape their dismal existence begins to pull them apart. Will their bond survive the ultimate test in the face of betrayal? Or will temptation lead them to the point of no return?



TWO SHADOWS (Cambodia)


2:30 PM

Sunday, May 13

CGV Cinemas 2


4:00 PM

Saturday, May 19

Art Theatre of Long Beach


Directed by: Greg Cahill 2011


Long Beach hipster wannabe Sovanna receives a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive. Ditching her dead-end lifestyle and alcoholic father, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. With guidance from a quirky motorbike driver named Munny, Sovanna launches her search into the dark corners of Cambodia. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.





2:30 PM

Sunday, May 13

Directors Guild of America 2


Directed by: Sasha Friedlander 2012


WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL follows four of the nearly 500 sulfur miners working at Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in Indonesia. This intimate portrait chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, the miners search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.




Thursday, May 17 – Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Young Thai Artists Art Exhibition

Royal Thai Consulate General

611 N. Larchmont Blvd, 2nd Fl

Los Angeles, CA 90004

Free and open to the public.

Exhibition hours:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more info: 323-962-9575 ext 227 or sedtawut.c@thaiconsulate.org

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m.  Also free and open to the public.


Extraordinary works of visual art from Thailand.


Through July 22, 2012
The Way of the Elders: The Buddha in Modern Theravada Traditions

Ahmanson Building, Level 4

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax)

Los Angeles, California 90036

Tel 323-857-6000

Exhibit website: lacma.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/highlights-of-the-way-of-the-elders/

Museum website: www.lacma.org/

General admission: Adults: $15; Seniors (62+ with ID): $10; Students (18+ with school ID): $10; Children (17 and under): Free


Theravada, or “The Way of the Elders,” is the school of Buddhism practiced today in Sri Lanka and much of Southeast Asia. Central to Theravada worship is the historic Buddha, Shakyamuni (circa fifth century BC). Shakyamuni was born after numerous rebirths, which are recounted in jatakas, or birth stories, the last ten of which are of paramount importance. These ten are depicted over and over on manuscript pages, textiles, and monastery walls. The last of these popular stories is the one concerning the Buddha’s final life as Shakyamuni, the lifetime in which he reaches enlightenment. Works in this exhibition illustrate a range of media produced in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand from the eighteenth century to the present. They represent the Buddha in a variety of forms, as figures in his previous births, as the Buddha with monks and lay worshippers, and as symbols, such as the Buddha’s footprints. Contemporary Southeast Asian artists continue to draw inspiration from traditional Buddhist imagery, as in a painting by the Thai artist Kamol Tassananchalee which will be on view as part of this exhibition.


Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism

Free ONLINE exhibit presented by the Pacific Asia Museum at www.pacificasiamuseum.org/buddhism/index.htm.

Sections include:
– The Perfected One: The Buddha
– Buddhist Places
– Compassionate Beings: Bodhisattvas, Deities, Guardians, Holy Men
– Signs, Symbols, Ritual Objects

There is quite a bit of information about Buddhism in Southeast Asia, especially in the “Buddhist Places” section.

Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA Campus
Museum admission is free.  Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online.

Los Angeles museum-goers at last have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, which will feature approximately 250 of the finest objects from the Fowler’s collections in a long-term exhibition that celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works of art play in peoples’ lives.

Although they are scattered throughout the exhibit, there are a number of artifacts from Southeast Asia (Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia) including ancestor figures, puppets, masks, and other sculptures.  There is also a five-minutes film on Indonesia: “Sisilia Sii, Weaver” which focuses on ikat weaving techniques on the island of Flores.
Directions to UCLA and maps of the campus are available at www.ucla.edu/map/.

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

11274 Bunche Hall

P.O. Box 951487

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Telephone: 310-206-9163

Fax: 310-206-3555

Email: cseas@international.ucla.edu

Website: www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/

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