International Writers to read in Main Library, Oct 29

The International Writing Program will bring their Friday evening reading to the UI Main Library on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Ms. Yong Mee Cho from South Korea and Ms. Lai Chu Hon from Hong Kong will read from their work. Ms. Cho is the author of four poetry collections and the recipient of the 2005 Kim Dal Jin Literary Prize. Ms. Hon is the award-winning novelists and her most recent work, “Grey Flower,” was selected as Top 10 Chinese Novels World-wide for the year 2009. More detailed biography of the authors are available at:

Friday, October 29th
5:00 to 6:00 PM
Main Library, Second Floor North Study Lounge (rm 2001)
Library floorplan (pdf)

Refreshments will be served.

The “City of Literature: Literary Life in Iowa City” exhibit will be on display in the North Exhibition Hall through the Mid-November.

Film Screenings for Asian Pacific Heritage Month

The Asian American Coalition is screening “Finishing the Game” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” this weekend to celebrate the Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Free Movie Screening at 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB)

“Finishing the Game” Director Justin Lin, 84 minutes   Friday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
Bruce Lee’s shocking death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes from his unfinished Game of Death. Undeterred, studio executives launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is.

If you are interested in finding Bruce Lee films in the library, please try Author Search in InfoHawk Catalog. If you are interested in learning more about Bruce Lee, try Subject Search with his name.

“Tie A Yellow Ribbon” Director Joy Dietrich, 86 minutes   Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 PM
The feature-length narrative film TIE A YELLOW RIBBON gives a rare view into the emotionally complex interior of a young Asian American woman, a Korean adoptee who needs to come to terms with her damaged past.

If you are interested in learning more about themes from this movie, you may want to try Subject Headings such as Intercountry adoption, Interracial adoption, Korean Americans, Adopted children, etc. for your search. You may be also interested in reading Prof. Sonia Ryang’s Writing Selves in Diaspora: Ethnography of Autobiographics of Korean Women in Japan and the United States (Main Library DS832.7.K6 R938 2008).”

Please contact Sunny Bounyalath at if you have questions about attending the events.

Portrayal of Asian American Men in Mainstream Media – Apr 16

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian American Coalition & UI Cultural Centers presents Dr. William Ming Liu on “Asian American Masculinity: The Portrayal of Asian American Men in Mainstream Media.”

Date: Thursday | April 16th, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Asian Pacific American Cultural Center 223 Lucon Drive  319-335-2719

Dr. Liu is the Program Director for the Counseling Psychology Program. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. At the University of Maryland, he founded the Asian American Studies Program and was the advisor to the Asian American Student Union. He has taught Introduction to Asian American Studies, Asian American Masculinity, and Asian Americans in Media. He was also the conference chair for the East of California, Asian American Studies Conference while at UM. He currently researches and publishes in the areas of poverty and masculinity, and has a forthcoming edited book on Asian American masculinity. He is the associate editor for the Psychology of Men and Masculinity as well as several other research journals.

UI professor Jennifer Feeley recommends the following books and films to those who are interested in this event. Feeley joined the Dept. of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature in Fall 2008 and has been teaching courses like “Asian Humanities China”, “Transnational Chinese Cinemas”, “Modern Chinese Writers”, and “Seminar in Chinese Fiction: Modern and Contemporary Urban Literature and Culture.”


  1. Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America by David Eng
    Main Library E184.O6 E53 2001
  2. Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity by Daniel Kim
    Main Library PS3553.H4897 Z74 2005
  3. Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity by David Mura
    Main Library E184.J3 M7844 1996
  4. Chinese American Masculinities: From Fu Manchu to Bruce Lee by Jachinson Chan
    Main Library P94.5.C57 C48 2001


  1. The Slanted Screen (Location Main Media Services Video record 26678 DVD ) is probably the best film for this purpose.
  2. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle dir. Danny Leiner.  (Again, a fiction film, but the Asian American male leads are atypical.) Location Main Media Services Video record 16509 DVD
  3. Any Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan film.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information or directions, please contact Hien Luong ( or Lilly Chen (

Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Though the U.S. Census Bureau notes that only a little more than 1.6% of the population in Iowa claim Asian, Pacific Islander heritage, interest and support of Asian and Pacific Studies is well alive at the University of Iowa.

When the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies was founded at Iowa in 1986, substantial support was directed building library collections necessary for research, teaching and learning. Today the Libraries’ East Asian collection is directed by two full-time area studies librarians (one in Chinese studies and one in Japanese studies). The East Asian collection is one of the largest in Iowa and ranks about the middle of our peer institional libraries in the CIC.

To celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Asian American Coalition has invited Cyndi Chen, the Division Administrator for the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage, Department of Human Rights (CAPI) to campus. Ms. Chen is the first administrator for this office and is the first Asian immigrant to serve as an administrator in the state government of Iowa. 

She will be speaking about the issues and concerns facing Asian Pacific Islanders in Iowa.

Tuesday, April 7, 6:00pm-7:00pm
101 Becker Communication Studies Building

Refreshments will be served.

Have a Taste for the Exotic? Check out Special Collections Exhibit about Asian Food

To celebrate the upcoming Asian Pacfic Heritage Month, Special Collections has collaborated with the Asian American Coalition (AAC) to create a display of cookbooks from the Szathmary Collection.

The exhibition showcases ten Asian countries: Malaysia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Japan, Korean, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, and China. AAC members added their own personal momentos and souvenirs to the exhibition, as well as artifacts from the Thompson Travel and Ethnic Art Artifacts.

  • Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson.
  • East Meets West Cuisine: An American Chef Redefines the Foodstyles of Two Cultures by Ken Hom (China).
  • Discovering Korean Cuisine: Recipes from the Best Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles, Allisa Park editor.
  • Simple Laotian Cooking by Penn Hongthong.
  • Indonesian Regional Cooking by Sri Owen.
  • Filipino Cuisine: Recipes from the Islands by Gerry G. Gelle.
  • Cracking the Coconut: Classic Thai Home Cooking by Su-mei Yu.
  • The Best of Nicole Routhier (Vietnam)
  • Cook Malaysian by Lee Sook Ching.
  • Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian food, with more than 200 recipes by Suvir Saran and Stephanie Lyness.

Asian American Coalition (AAC) is an umbrella organization which is dedicated in building a stronger Asian American community both on and off campus. Asian Pacific Heritage Month (APAH) located in April, is a month-long event promoting and celebrating Asian awareness and culture.

Exhibition Planning: Lilly Chen and the Asian American Coalition
Installation: Lilly Chen, Chiaki Sakai, Greg Prickman and the Asian American Coalition
Special Thanks: Greg Prickman, Kathy Hodson and the Special Collections.

Japanese Film Collection

Eight Below, The Magnificent Seven and Shall We Dance?. What do these titles have in common?

They are all films were first developed by Japanese filmmakers and later remade for American audiences.

Eight BelowAntarcticaIn the 1983 movie, Nankyoku Monogatari or Antarctica, two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica. Ushioda and Ochi eventually leave Antarctica, only to return to search for the dogs inadvertently marooned there. In 2006, Walt Disney Pictures released Eight Below. Both films were loosely based on a 1958 Japanese expedition to the South Pole.

The Magnificent Seven

7 SamuraiShichinin no samurai or Seven Samurai is a 1954 film about a village of farmers that hire seven samurai warriors to combat bandits who return after the harvest to steal their crops. The Magnificent Seven is a 1960 Western with many of the same scenes and even some of the same dialogue.

Shall We Dansu? was released in Japan in 1996. It is the story of an unhappy accountant who secretly begins taking ballroom dance lessons. The film was very popular and won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture. The American remake Shall We Dance? did not receive as much critical acclaim.

Interested in other films that were originally created in East Asia and remade into motion pictures in the United States, check out this selected bibliography. You can also learn more about the Japanese Collections in the UI Libraries and contact the Japanese Collections Librarian.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) is hosting a number of events including a screening of the film entitled “Better Luck Tomorrow” on Thursday night in the Adler Building at 7 p.m. For more information about the events contact APACC President, Ben Mai.