Presentations, Conferences, Performances, Festivals, and More…

(Films and Exhibitions Below)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Night Letters: Art and Ambiguity in the Early Years of Soeharto’s New Order (1968-1976)
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Night Letters: Art and Ambiguity in the Early Years of Soeharto’s New Order (1968-1976)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Web announcement:

Free and open to the public.


Colloquium with Jeffrey Hadler, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

This paper is a contextualized, critical reading of a key text in modern Indonesian cultural and political history, the Night Letters (Surat-Surat Malam) by the artist Nashar (1928-1994). The Letters suggest a revisionist intellectual and cultural history of Indonesia between 1968 and 1974, a period that followed the state-sponsored mass murder of as many as one million communist party members and the imprisonment of many more, including leading artists and intellectuals.


Jeffrey Hadler first lived with a Minangkabau family as a high school exchange student in 1985. He studied about literature and Southeast Asia as an undergraduate at Yale and then Southeast Asian History as a graduate student at Cornell. He taught at the State Islamic University in Jakarta in 2000 before joining the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies. His book Muslims and Matriarchs: Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism won the 2011 Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.


Saturday, October 13, 2012
Ream Eyso & Moni Mekhala: Celebrating 10 Years of Khmer Arts

11:00 AM

Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E. Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90803

Free and open to the public but RSVP is required at Limited chair seating will be available to seniors and persons with disabilities. All other guests will be required to sit on the grass of the Museum’s courtyard. Please bring mats and blankets, and be prepared to squeeze in tight with new friends.  Space is limited, and no person or parties will be allowed entrance without RSVP.

Khmer Arts cordially invites you to our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, presented in partnership with the Long Beach Museum of Art.  The event will feature a rare performance of Ream Eyso and Moni Mekhala in Khmer dance ritual, boasting a cast of bejeweled dancers from the Khmer Arts Ensemble (Cambodia) and the Khmer Arts Academy (Long Beach) performing in the round.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the California Arts Council, Long Beach Museum of Art, Devata Giving Circle, Port of Long Beach, Keesal, Young & Logan, and anonymous donors.

 Sunday, October 14, 2012

Making the Gods of Angkor

3:00 PM

Brown Auditorium

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Web announcement:

Free for Southern Asia Council members and Students with ID | $5 LACMA members; $10 general admission | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.

RSVP requested to or 323-857-6528


Dr. Martin Polkinghorne, director of the University of Sydney Robert Christie Research Centre, presents his recent archaeological finds at Angkor in Cambodia that show, for the first time, how the artists created the thousands of sculptures of the gods.


Through Sunday, October 14, 2012
Nan Jombang: Rantau Berbisik [Whisperings of Exile] – Indonesian Dance Drama

8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sat.

3:00 p.m. Sun.

REDCAT is located at 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 in the heart of downtown Los Angeles on the northeast corner of the intersection W. 2nd and Hope Streets. Housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, REDCAT has its own street entrance on 2nd Street. Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before curtain time. Seating at REDCAT is unreserved, and late seating is not guaranteed. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking garage. Enter from 2nd St. and proceed to level P3 for direct access to REDCAT. The evening event rate Monday – Friday is $9 after 4:00pm, $5 after 8pm. $9 flat rate on weekends.

Website: call the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800.

Tickets: $10-25

Revered Indonesian choreographer Ery Mefri brings his acclaimed company Nan Jombang to the U.S. for the first time with an intoxicating work that incorporates coiled bodies, exacting feats of balance and spellbinding control—punctuated by bursts of chanting, clapping and body percussion. Rooted in the spiritual and martial arts traditions of West Sumatra’s Minangkabau ethnic minority, the company—consisting entirely of members of the Mefri family—incorporates elements of modern Western movement, while touching on current issues faced by Minang society. The resulting dance drama, Rantau Berbisik (Whisperings of Exile), resonantly enacts a time-honored rite of passage: the bittersweet journeys of young men who must leave their native villages to seek fortune out in the wider world.


Friday,  October 19, 2012
Diasporas on the Internet: The E-Diaspora Atlas

12:00-1:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public.


Colloquium with Dana Diminescu, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and Institute Mines-Telecom (Paris)


The Atlas includes research on the Hmong diaspora from Southeast Asia.

The e-Diasporas Atlas is a unique experiment in research on diasporas as well as in publishing, a first in the production of scientific findings and their presentation. Over the past twenty years, the use of both Webs 1.0 and 2.0 in migrant communities as well as the use of social-networking platforms  have produced a vast, moving e-corpus, whose exploration, analysis and archiving have never before been attempted. The outcome of the efforts of more than 80 researchers worldwide, the e-Diasporas Atlas is the first of its kind, with some 8,000 migrant websites archived and observed in their interactions. Aimed at mapping and analysing the use of the Web by diasporas and serving as both a source of analysis and a resource for accessing this unique data base, the e-Diasporas Atlas is a hybrid product combining many formats:   (1) A paper version composed of three composite maps, which introduce the reader to graphic representations of some thirty e-diasporas; (2)  a free, downloadable app enabling readers equipped with an iPhone to access articles and videos (3)  a companion website — —  providing a space that makes it possible, in particular, to access personally the e-Diasporas research tools and platform, to manipulate the maps, to cross and compare the data and to move about within the graphs.

Sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, the UCLA Program on International Migration and the Center for European and Eurasian Studies.

 Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vietnamese American Oral History Project Community Reception

5:30 – 8:30 PM

Van Lang Community Hall

14861 Moran Street

Westminster, CA 92683

Free & open to all

Contact Info: Thuy Vo Dang

RSVP suggested by October 20, 2012



The VIETNAMESE AMERICAN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT (VAOHP) at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to formally launch its website and celebrate the efforts of volunteers, narrators, students, and community supporters at a Community Reception. The evening’s program will include distinguished guest speakers, a spotlight presentation of the website, multi-media stations for guests to peruse the website, entertainment, and refreshments. This will be a great opportunity for community members, educators, researchers, and the media to learn about the project.


Thursday, October 25, 2012
UC Pacific Rim Research Fellowship (PRRP) Campus Information Session

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

10367 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement

UCLA campus representatives and Asia Institute staff will answer questions for faculty and students interested in applying for 2013-2014 PRRP grants, including the Faculty Initiative grants, Faculty Research/Planning grants, and Advanced Graduate Student Research fellowships.

For more information about the PRRP  fellowships see


Through Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday – Saturday 8pm | Sunday 3pm

Los Angeles Theatre Center

514 S Spring St

Los Angeles, CA 90014


Tickets: General Price $30 | Students, Seniors $20 | Groups 10 + $20 | $10 Thursdays (Limited number of $10 tickets available). Use code “EDITH” at checkout to receive $5 off General Admission prices (Fri-Sun)


Written by Ralph B. Peña; Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera; Produced by PAE Live! and The Latino Theater Company; Featuring: Maxwel Corpuz, Becca Godinez & Ellen D. Williams


Flipzoids is a funny and highly moving story about three Filipinos navigating through the shifting landscapes of home, desire and loneliness. Set on a deserted beach in Southern California, the play examines what it means to be an outsider. Redford is a 20-something kid that hangs out at beachside restrooms searching for connections; Vangie is a nurse who memorizes the dictionary to sound more American; Aying, Vangie’s mother, struggles with understanding a daughter to whom she has become an embarrassment. Together, they search to understand what it means to be Filipino and/or American – to be a hybrid. Contains partial nudity.


Saturday and Sunday, October 27 – 28, 2012
Annual Concert of Philippine Dances and Music

Saturday 8:00 PM

Sunday 2:00 PM

Joan Kroc Theater

6611 University Avenue

San Diego, CA 92115

General admission is $15, students with ID and seniors 60/over years old are $12. Tickets will be available at the door. Discounted group rate is available to groups of at least 10 (needs to be prepaid). For advanced ticket purchases, please call (619) 286-8029 or(619) 470-6024 or email Read more information about SAMAHAN Performing Arts


The two-hour program of popular Filipino folk dances choreographed for theater performance by Artistic Director, Ruby Pearl B. Chiong, will showcase SAMAHAN’s rich repertoire in vivid and colorful costumes.  Bob Schroeder, the foremost Filipino American flutist and conductor of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), performs a number of favorite Filipino songs, highlighting the Concert.  Other guest vocalists are Mary Paz Vigo, Beth Torres and the Nostalgia Singers composed of Lilli Guenthoer, Jescel Esteban, Rose San Pedro and Tess Rivero.  Elegant Maria Clara and exhilarating rural dances are performed with the lively music of the Samahan Rondalla under the direction of Frederick Embalsado.


The BIBAK San Diego youth group will be presenting ethnic dances and music as traditionally performed by their ancestors in the Cordilleras in the Northern Philippines, such as, Ballang-bang, An-aninit and Salisid.  Southern Philippine tribal dances are all performed with live music accompaniment by the Samahan Kulintang Ensemble also known as the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble. The ensemble is one of the very few kulintang ensembles that play the authentic music of the Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausog and Sama tribes of Mindanao in the U.S.  Most of the current members of the kulintang ensemble studied Maguindanao and Maranao music with Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan, Master Artist/Teacher of Kulintang Music and Bernard Ellorin, UCLA and Univ. of Hawaii Ethnomusicology graduate and co-founder of the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble.

Sponsored by the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center.


Saturday, November 3, 2012
Filipino Religious/Christmas Concert

7:30 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

1292 W. Santa Cruz Street

San Pedro, CA 90732

General Admission $15.00 / At the Door $ 20.00 / Benefactor $100.00 (2 tickets) / Sponsor $75.00 (2 tickets). Tickets available at the Parish Office (310) or call (310) 514-9139.


Aside from western compositions, Filipinas Chorale and The Cherubs will sing Filipino classic works. Filipinas Chorale will sing “Kumukutikutitap” by Ryan Cayabyab; “Payapang Daigdig” medley by Philippines’ National Artist for Music, Felipe P. de Leon; “Gising Na” by another Philippines’ National Artist for Music, Lucio Sa Pedro; and “Pasko ay Sumapit” by Levi Celerio.  The Cherubs will sing “Himig Pasko” by Serapio Ramos and “Maligayang Pasko” by Sister Anunciata, SPC.


Sponsored by the Filipino Community of Holy Trinity Parish to benefit a permanent memorial in honor of Fr. Rolly Pineda Jardiniano.

 Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thai Treasures in the Norton Simon Collection

1:30 – 2:00 PM, and

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Norton Simon Museum of Art

411 W. Colorado Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91105-1825


Admission Fees: Adults $10.00; Seniors (ages 62 and above) $7.00; Children (ages 18 and under) Free; Students with valid I.D. Free; Museum Members Free; Active Military Personnel with valid I.D. Free.

Meets in Entrance Gallery | Talk is free with admission | No reservations needed

Web announcement:


Join a Museum educator for a focused 20-minute discussion of artwork and exhibitions.



 Friday, October 12, 2012

Los Angeles Premier:
“The Bladed Hand” – A Documentary on the Global Impact of Filipino Martial Arts

7:30 PM

The Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

244 South San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, California 90012

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online through October 11th only.  Portion of the proceeds goes to the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association to assist in programming year-round events from professional networking, mentorship, scholarship, social, community service, and leadership.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Chair, Steffi Yutan, via email:


Online film trailer at


Filmaker Jay Ignacio strives to preserve the legacy of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) in his documentary “The Bladed Hand”. The film is an expose on the FMA as a global phenomenon, which, for at least 30 years now, has been considered the most effective weapon-based fighting system both by Military and Law Enforcement systems. FMS has also been the martial art of choice for Hollywood’s top fight choreographers such as Jeff Imada (The Bourne Identity, The Book of Eli, Lethal Weapon), Robert Alonzo (Mission: Impossible 3) and Jon Eusebio (The Bourne Legacy). FMA was first introduced to Hollywood in 1973 by Bruce Lee in the film “Enter the Dragon” after he learned it from the famed master himself, Dan Inosanto.


Question and Answer session with director Jay Ignacio immediately after the screening.


Sunday, October 14, 2012
Myanmar (Burmese) Film Festival of Los Angeles

1-6 PM

Downtown Independent Theater

251 S. Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Admission: $8 ($6 for students and seniors with ID; Children under 13 free)


Web announcement:


The Network of Myanmar American Association, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Myanmar Film Festivals in the United States, invites you to the 5th Annual Myanmar (Burmese) Film Festival of Los Angeles.

The following five documentary films have been selected for 2012 MFFLA:

Chinlone Magic Circle – short film

DVD |45 min | Burmese w/English subtitle | 2011; Director: Kyi Soe Tun; Producers: Htin Myaing & Win Win Kyi; Dir. of Photography: Soe Than; Starring: Kaung Khant and Toe Myat Noe Wai


A young soccer fan shunned the traditional ‘Chinlone’ sport. He discovers joy and beauty of playing Chinlone and discovers the many parallels of failing in love with a girl of his dreams and his love for the Chinlone sport.

Nargis – When Time Stopped Breathing; documentary

DVD | 90 min | Burmese w/English subtitle | 2010; Director: The Maw Naing and Pe Maung Same; Producer: Lindsey Merrison; Camera: Tin Win Naing, Thaiddhi and Pe Maung Same; Sound: Kyaw Myo Lwin, Myo Min Khin and Shin Daewe; Project Mentor: Ulrike Schaz


It only took Cyclone Nargis 13 hours to ravage the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma in May 2008. During this time, the destructive natural force claimed the lives of 140,000 people, while almost two and a half million were left without a roof over their heads. A week after this catastrophe, a group of Burmese filmmakers set out for the affected areas. Once they got there, they began filming a lyrical and very humane account of the actual situation that prevailed. In the middle of razed villages full of fallen trees, the filmmakers encountered those who were fortunate enough to survive the disaster.

I Am Myanmar – One Voice; short subject

DVD |15 min | English | 2012; Executive Producer: Marlar Tun; Producer: FireRock Productions; Dir. of Photography and Sound: Benoit Schaack; Starring: Zarganar, Dr. Tin Maung Maung Than and Oliver Esser Soe Thet

I am Myanmar and this is One Voice. One voice, that speaks of one heart, one vision, and one future Dedicated to my parents, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to U Win Htain who called for a One United Voice.


Burmese Butterfly – documentary

DVD | 12 min | Burmese w/English subtitle | 2011; Director: Hnin Ei Hlaing, Yangon Film School; Producer: Yangon Film School; Editor and Sound: Hnin Ei Hlaing; Camera: Khin Khin Hsu and Su Su Thaing Win

Twenty-one-year-old hairdresser Phyo Lay looks back on a turbulent childhood and adolescence and describes how difficult it is to come out in Myanmar. A rare glimpse into the emergent gay community in this hitherto isolated country.

A Life in Blue – short documentary

DVD | 7 min | Burmese w/English subtitle | 2012; Director: Yasmin C. Rams; Producer: Yasmin C. Rams; Camera: Tin Win Naing; Production: Lokanat Productions


In the Thai town Mae Sot, close to the Myanmar border, there are hundreds of factories with thousands of women working and living in them. The huge majority of these workers are Myanmar women and girls. They produce cloth for big companies such as Tommy Hilfiger.



Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2012
Images of Viet Nam 1969-1970

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Nguoi Viet Daily News

14771 Moran Street

Westminster, CA 92683

Free and open to the public.

For additional information contact: www.mburrphoto.comm.burr@verizon.net562.439.5753


A Photographic Exhibition by Viet Nam Veteran Michael Burr. Images are black & white silver-gelatin prints depicting daily life on the streets of Sai Gon and environs.


Through Friday, October 26, 2012
UGAT: Filipino American Roots

Bridge Gallery East

Los Angeles City Hall

201 N. Man St., 3rd Floor

Los Angeles, CA  90012

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Free and open to the public.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bridge Gallery at 11:30 a.m. on October 12.

A dozen of Southern California’s top Filipino American artists will feature some of their best creations at the Los Angeles City Hall’s Bridge Gallery East from Oct. 2 to 26 in an exhibit titled, “UGAT: Filipino American Roots.”  The exhibit is part of the celebration of Filipino American History Month organized by the Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees (LAFACE), which is headed by Cora Aragon Soriano.


Eliseo Art Silva, one of the artists and the exhibit’s main curator, said the show “represents a wealth of creative endeavors that reflect the rich diversity of the Filipino American community. . . . It is an exhibition where a multiplicity of artistic languages and media invite translation, interpretation and engagement,” said Silva, who created the landmark mural in historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles.

The artists are (in alphabetical order): Jun Aquino, Vics Magsaysay, Rafael Maniago, Maryrose C. Mendoza, Mat Relox, Manila Ryce, Rodolfo Samonte, Joseph Santarromana, Bienvenido “Boi” Sibug, Eliseo Art Silva, Magoo Valencia andReynaldo Zipagan. Exhibit curators are: Silva, Santarromana, and Nimfa Rueda.

November 2, 2012 through March 24, 2013
Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia

Focus Gallery

Pacific Asia Museum

46 North Los Robles Avenue

Pasadena, California 91101

(626) 449-2742


Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia will provide visitors a chance to experience the connections between art and ritual in the lives of Indonesians through objects created for a range of uses. Rituals remain an integral part of everyday life in many regions of Indonesia, and objects such as finely woven textiles and elegantly prepared knives carry great significance in both ceremony and performance. This exhibition will illuminate those meanings along with a focus on the extraordinary craftsmanship embedded in each object.


December 2, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Cambodian Shop Signs from the Collection of Joel Montague

UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095



Under the brutal Khmer Rouge rule from 1975–79, Cambodia’s cities were systematically emptied of their population, commercial activity ground to a halt, and even the use of currency was prohibited. This genocidal reign was finally brought to an end by the occupation of Cambodia by Vietnamese military forces, who instituted a state-controlled economic system that continued to severely limit private economic activity.

Only with the implementation of the United Nations Transitional Authority in 1990 did private commercial activity begin to revive. Remarkably, Cambodia’s re-populated urban environments came alive with hand painted signs advertising myriad small businesses and personal services. Painted on sheets of metal by commercial artists in tiny makeshift studios and storefronts, the signs bore lively representations of everyday goods or services—car parts, foodstuffs, tailored clothing, medical and beauty services, musical performers, and more. Today these signs provide a window into the brief period when private enterprise bloomed but had not yet come under the sway of international business interests and mass-produced advertising.


Massachusetts-based collector Joel Montague amassed a collection of this ephemeral art in the 1990s and has recently donated this selection of twenty-two of the best hand-painted signs to the Fowler Museum.


Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism

Free ONLINE exhibit presented by the Pacific Asia Museum at

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.
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