April Friday, March 8, 2013
Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

CCC Comunidad

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr.

La Jolla, CA 92093

Free and open to the public.

Questions or concerns? Feel free to contact Gail M. Gutierrez at gmgutier@ucsd.edu

Book Talk with Lucy Burns

Meet Professor Lucy MSP Burns, author of Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire (NYU Press, 2012).Puro Arte focuses on Filipino/American performance within the on-going history of US-Philippine imperial relations. Professor Burns will discuss the inspiration for her book and how she brings together various corporeal icons mis/recognized as Filipino in the U.S., Philippines, and a larger global context.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Troubled Ocean: Filmmakers Imagine the Pacific (Philippines)

12:00 – 9:00 PM

Norris Cinema Theatre, Frank Sinatra Hall

University Park Campus

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Questions and RSVPs can be sent to Viet Nguyen at vnguyen@usc.edu.


In a one-day festival, screenings and discussions with filmmakers John Sayles and Vilsoni Hereniko, scholars Viet Nguyen and David Kang and members of the community will address themes of the Pacific. The juxtaposition of three films dealing, respectively, with the Philippines, Fiji and Korea will connect seemingly disparate times and places of the Pacific under a common history.


12:20 PM: The Land Has Eyes

Directed by Vilsoni Hereniko, Fiji, 87 minutes


2:15 PM: Amigo

Directed by John Sayles, 124 minutes

Renowned independent filmmaker John Sayles will present his film Amigo, the first American feature film to tackle a crucial but forgotten chapter in American history—the American colonization of the Philippines, which cost one million Filipino lives and was as divisive to Americans as the Vietnam War.


4:30 PM: Panel Discussion and Reading with John Sayles and Vilsoni Hereniko. Moderated by Professor Viet Nguyen. John Sayles will also read from his novel A Moment in the Sun, about the Filipino struggle against the American colonial presence.


5:15 PM: Reception, Queen’s Courtyard


6 PM: Sunny

Directed by Lee Jun-ik, 126 minutes

A big-budget Korean epic about the Korean participation as an American ally in the Vietnam War, little known to Americans but fundamental to the transformation of South Korea. A panel discussion with Korean war veterans moderated by David Kang of the Korean Studies Center will follow the screening.