Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies Jun Okada’s book Making Asian American Film and Video: History, Institutions, Movements was published this spring by Rutgers University Press.
From the Rutgers website:
Making Asian American Film and Video explores how the genre has served as a flashpoint for debates about what constitutes Asian American identity. Tracing a history of how Asian American film was initially conceived as a form of public-interest media, part of a broader effort to give voice to underrepresented American minorities, Okada shows why this seemingly well-intentioned project inspired deeply ambivalent responses. In addition, she considers a number of Asian American filmmakers who have opted out of producing state-funded films, from Wayne Wang to Gregg Araki to Justin Lin.
Okada gives us a unique behind-the-scenes look at the various institutions that have bankrolled and distributed Asian American films, revealing the dynamic interplay between commercial and state-run media. More than just a history of Asian Americans in film, Making Asian American Film and Video is an insightful meditation on both the achievements and the limitations of institutionalized multiculturalism.
The SUNY Geneseo Lamron published an interview with Prof. Okada in April.
The tenth annual Genesee Valley Peace Poetry Reading will be held this Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. Over 1,500 area students in grades K-8 submitted poems on the theme of peace for this year’s Peace Poetry contest, and over 60 of those students were selected as winners. They’ll read their poems on stage and receive prizes. Cuteness is guaranteed.
The event is free and open to the public.
According to English professor Dr. Rob Doggett who has run the Geneseo contest since its inception, “The goal of the contest is to give students the opportunity to reflect creatively on the theme of peace at a time when so much of what they encounter in the media is dominated by images of violence.”
Professor Doggett, aided by student judges and organizers at SUNY Geneseo, has grown this event into a major feature of the community calendar within the Genesee Valley: a Mother’s Day celebration at which contest winners read their poems to an audience that includes family, teachers, and area residents.
“I honestly feel that this contest can help change the lives of students because it helps them to discover a talent that they didn’t know they had,” says Doggett. The contest has helped thousands of young people explore, reflect on and communicate about large ideas that shape their daily lives: What does peace mean to them? What brings them peace in their lives? How might young people help to create a more peaceful world? At times the students’ poems deal with domestic strife, or loved ones in war zones; at times they elegize hunting trips or calm moments with friends. The Peace Poetry Contest sparks conversations on all these topics, with the presentation chapbook a memorial for students to take home—and an inspiration to their peers.
Our previous post listed winners of the 2015 writing awards in English and Africana/Black Studies.
We’re also pleased to announce this year’s winners of the English department’s scholarships and graduating senior awards:
- Natalie Selser Freed Memorial Scholarship: Meghan Barrett
- Rita K. Gollin Senior Year Scholarship for Excellence in American Literature: Jeremy Jackson
- Rita K. Gollin Junior Year Scholarship for Excellence in American Literature: Thomas McCarthy
- Hans Gottschalk Award: KiayaRose Dilsner-Lopez
- Joseph M. O’Brien Transfer Scholarship: Sarah Smith
- Don Watt Memorial Scholarship: Kristen Druse
Graduating Senior Awards
- William T. Beauchamp Literature Award: Christina Mortellaro
- Patricia Conrad Lindsay Memorial Award: Sean Neill
- Calvin Israel Award in the Humanities: Rebecca Miller and Liam Cody
- Joseph M. O’Brien Memorial Award: Harrison Dole
We’ll be celebrating winners of scholarships, graduating senior awards, and writing awards today at 2:30 p.m. today in the Walter Harding Room, Welles 111.