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April 10th-April 15th: All events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted!
Monday, April 10th
12:00pm Iran: An Ancient Civilization Amir Marmarchi, Department of Economics and Elahe Javadi, School of Information Technology, 129 Center for Visual Arts
5:00pm Japanese Tea Ceremony Chado Jennifer Gunji, Japan House (Urbana), East Lounge (Third Floor), Bone Student Center
Tuesday, April 11th
12:00pm Korean Alphabet Design and Historical Context: Write Your Name in Hangul and Take a Photo! Alice Lee, School of Art, Kong Room, Vrooman Center
6:30pm The Battle for Human Rights in North Korea: Is There Any Hope for Change? Suzanne K. Scholte, Defense Forum Foundation (Washington D.C.), Escalante Room, Vrooman Center
Wednesday, April 12th
6:00pm Asian Film Festival: The Color of Paradise (Iran) Normal Theater (suitable for children)
8:00pm Asian Film Festival: How to Win at Checkers Every Time (Thailand) Normal Theater
Thursday, April 13th
10:00am Vietnam: From Lotus Pond to Dragon Land Tuyen Tonnu, School of Music, 148 Fell Hall
4:30pm Vietnamese Cooking Class Tuyen Tonnu, School of Music, 106 Schroeder Hall
Friday, April 14th
5:30pm Dinner & Show: Indian Cuisine & "Harvest" play by Manjula Padmanabhan Center for Performing Arts
This event requires an RSVP. Contact AsiaConnect Vice President Archana Shekara email@example.com for information.
Saturday, April 15th
1:00pm Asian Film Festival: The Boy and the Beast (Japan) Normal Theater (suitable for children)
7:00pm Asian Film Festival: Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (Vietnam) Normal Theater
Friday, February 10th 12pm-1pm Escalante Room, Vrooman Center
Friday, February 3rd 1pm-2pm Watterson Private Dining Room
Friday, February 3rd 12pm-1pm Watterson Private Dining Room
Welcome-back Potluck - Friday, September 9, 2016 5:30-7:30pm SFHB Atrium. Family members are welcome to this event.
The 2016 AsiaConnect Film Festival will be held at Normal Theater on Thursday - Sunday, April 14-17, 7pm. Admission is $7 for general public but the first 50 students with student ID will be admitted free.
Treeless Mountain (dir. So Yong Kim, 2009) [South Korea]—Dist. Oscilloscope PicturesRT 87/72 Imdb 7.2 89min
A portrait of a young girl coming to terms with loss and abandonment, Six-year-old Jin and her younger sister Bin live on the edge of disaster, but they are not aware of it. In the small apartment where they reside with their single mother, the menacing sounds of the outer world disturb their precarious cocoon. One day, their mother packs all their belongings. For Jin, the days of going to school are over. Mommy is gone, leaving her and Bin in a hostile home with their alcoholic Big Aunt and a piggy bank to slowly fill with coins. Once the bank is full, their mother will be back.
Queen (2014, Vikas Bahl)-Dist. Viva Entertainment [India], Imdb 8.4, 146 min.
It is the story of a simple Delhi based girl whose life changes unexpectedly. Rani (KanganaRanaut), a simple middle class, conservative girl has her dreams shattered when her to be husband leaves her stranded at the altar. Rani then decides to go on the honeymoon - the one she's always been planning - by herself. The girl who's never left her house alone now goes to Paris and Amsterdam on her own. What follows is a fun, quirky journey of Rani who discovers herself, while exploring the unknown.
Okuribito /Departures (2009, Yojiro Takita) [Japan] – Regent Releasing, Imdb 8.1; RT 81/92, 132min.
Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a talented musician, but when his orchestra is abruptly disbanded, he suddenly finds himself without a source of steady income. Making the decision to move back to his small hometown, Daigo answers a classified ad for a company called "Departures," mistakenly assuming that he will be working for a travel agency. Upon discovering that he will actually be preparing the bodies of the recently deceased for their trip to the afterlife, Daigo accepts the position as gatekeeper between life and death and gradually gains a greater appreciation for life. But while Daigo's wife and friends universally despise his new line of work, he takes a great amount of pride in the fact that he is helping to ensure that the dead receive a proper send-off from this state of being.
Coming Home (2014, Zhang Yimou) [China]- Dist. Sony Pictures Classics, Imdb 7.2 RT93/83, 110min.
Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return.
The 2015 festival was held on April 9, 10, and 11 at the Normal Theatre.
Shadow Magic [China, 2000]
7pm, Thursday, April 9
It's a historical drama about the introduction of motion pictures to China during the beginning of the 20th century.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring [Korea, 2003]
7pm, Friday, April 10
It is Buddhist, but it is also universal. "It takes place within and around a small house floating on a small raft on a small lake, and within that compass, it contains life, faith, growth, love, jealousy, hate, cruelty, mystery, redemption ... and nature. Also a dog, a rooster, a cat, a bird, a snake, a turtle, a fish and a frog." [Roger Ebert]
The Lunchbox [Indian, 2013]
7pm, Saturday, April 11
Middle class housewife is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her neglectful husband at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. [RT]
The Tale of Princess Kaguya [Japan, 2014]
7pm, Sunday, April 12
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata. [RT]
This event is made possible by the generous support of Beyond Normal Films Cinema Arts Project, Downs Automotive, Inc., McLean County India Association, Normal Theater, Office of the President, Dr. and Mrs. SJ Chang, Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Crossroads Project, Department of Politics and Government, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, MECCPAC, Dean of Students Diversity Initiative, Office of International Studies and Programs, and Office of the Provost.
Pictures from the events are at
The 2014 festival was held on April 9, 10, and 11 in Caterpillar Auditorium (Room 139) of State Farm Hall of Business.
The 2013 festival was held on April 17, 18, and 19 in CVA 151 featuring the following three cinematically acclaimed films:
The event was made possible by the generous support of School of Theatre and Dance, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Center for Teaching, Research, and Technology, Honors Program, International Studies/Linkages, Crossroads Project, and MBA Program.
AsiaConnect Cultural Colloquia offers lectures, seminars, workshops, and panels that address various issues related to the culture of Asia in a broad sense, encompassing history, languages, politics, religions, economy and business, education, sciences, arts, literature, journalism, laws and ethics, music, movies and dramas, sports, folklore, and pop culture. Speakers and presenters will also address relevant intercultural issues as in the context of Asian culture in America and in the world.
The presentation materials from the previous colloquia are available in our Documents page.