Asian Studies


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THESE SHOES WEREN'T MADE FOR WALKING

Women's Studies  Sociology  Cultural Studies  Asian Studies 

Filmmaker Paul Lee explores the lives of four generations of Chinese women in his family, using their shoes-from the four-inch silk sandals made for his great- grandmother's bound feet during the Ching Dynasty to the Italian leather pumps of his career-minded sister-as a reference point for the cultural and social forces which have shaped their lives.

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PURE CHUTNEY

Asian Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

Explores the Indian community in Trinidad, outlining the events and accidents of history that constitute this example of the Indian diaspora, and interviewing various Trinidadian- Indians about the hybridity of their culture and their relationship, if not preoccupation, with India.

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LANDMINES OF THE HEART

Sociology  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines Cambodia today, a country struggling to overcome the legacy of more than two decades of civil war and the genocide which left two million dead in the 'killing fields' of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge.

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DHARAMSALA: TIBET IN EXILE

World History  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Political Science  Asian Studies  Directed by Women 

Tibetans in exile discuss the discrimination and human rights abuses their people suffer from the occupying Chinese government. These interviews, filmed in the U.S. and in a Buddhist monastery in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's government in exile in Northern India, are blended with historical footage of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet, surveillance footage of the brutal Chinese suppression of a major protest by Tibetan monks in 1988, and contemporary footage and photos of life in Dharamsala, the second home for Tibetan refugees.

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ABORTION: STORIES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH

Asian Studies  Health  Irish Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Each year, an estimated 30 to 55 million women throughout the world obtain induced abortions. More than half of these abortions are illegal and an estimated 84,000 of them result in death. This cross-cultural survey shows how abortion transcends race, religion and social class, and how differences in the practice and perception of abortion are mainly in the degree of secrecy and danger accompanying it.

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THIS BLOODY, BLUNDERING BUSINESS

American History  American Studies  Asian Studies  Political Science  World History 

Examines the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish American War. A silent movie format with lively ragtime piano music is combined with a dramatically understated narration and excerpts from `newsreels' of the period to reveal the nature of American attitudes toward Third World peoples and cultures.

THE USA VS. TOKYO ROSE
THE USA VS. TOKYO ROSE

American History  Asian Studies  Sociology  World History 

Tells the little-known story of the Justice Department's postwar pursuit and conviction of Japanese-American Iva Toguri for what it deemed treasonous radio broadcasts during WWII.

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THE TEARS OF PELELIU

American History  Asian Studies  Peace & Conflict  Sociology  World History 

Where The Thin Red Line leaves off, The Tears of Peleliu picks up some fifty years later, as it follows five American WWII veterans as they meet their former Japanese adversaries on the bloodiest battlefield in the history of warfare. The residents of Peleliu, a tiny island in the South Pacific, regard with some trepidation the return of the men who destroyed their island.

MOTHER'S JOURNEY, A
MOTHER'S JOURNEY, A

Asian Studies  Family Relations  Psychology & Psychiatry  Women's Studies 

Chronicles the experience of 46-year-old Suzanne, an unmarried American woman who, desiring to create a single-parent family of her own, adopts a baby abandoned on the streets of China in the wake of that country's notorious population laws. Her emotional ordeal illuminates both the joys and problems involved in adopting foreign children and in being a single parent.

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TAI KI

Anthropology  Asian Studies 

Documents a sea adventure designed to test the theory that the ancient Chinese could have sailed from Southeast Asia and arrived in Mexico or South America, predating voyages of Western mariners.

BONTOC EULOGY
BONTOC EULOGY

American Studies  Anthropology  Asian Studies  Sociology 

This docudrama examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, focusing on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological "specimens" in the notorious Philippine Village exhibit.

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PROFITS FROM POISON

Asian Studies  Environmental Studies 

Shows how pesticides and other man-made chemicals which have been found harmful and therefore banned from use in developed countries are still being sold and used in Third World nations.

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NEPAL AT RISK

Asian Studies  Environmental Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines environmental problems in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, where population growth, inequality of resources, and increasing tourism have combined to threaten environmental disaster for the Himalayan kingdom once touted as "Shangri- La."

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AS SEEN BY BOTH SIDES:AMERICAN AND VIETNAMESE ARTISTS LOOK AT THE WAR

Asian Studies  Art History  American Studies 

Documents the history of a remarkable art exhibit which showcases the work of both American and Vietnamese veterans of the Indochina War.

ART  IN THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION
ART IN THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Performing Arts  Political Science  Asian Studies  Art History 

Examines the Communist Party's rigorously enforced art policies during China's Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, when pictorial artists were given strict aesthetic guidelines for the production of works designed to promote the ideology and imagery of Mao Tse- tung's illusory new society.

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DEBUT

Cultural Studies  New York City  Urban Studies  Political Science  Performing Arts  Narrative Films  Music  Cinema Studies  Asian-American Studies  Asian Studies  American Studies  Directed by Women 

This cinema-verite documentary explores the realities of life as a classical musician through the story of Hexagon, a newly-formed chamber ensemble. The documentary chronicles their challenging first year and a half, from the group's seemingly casual first rehearsal to its high-pressure launching into the mainstream of the classical music scene.

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CHEN AND CHINA'S SYMPHONY

Sociology  Performing Arts  Music  Asian Studies 

Chronicles the 1987 U.S. tour by the National Symphony Orchestra of the People's Republic of China, including interviews with conductor Zuohuang Chen, a survivor of the Cultural Revolution who studied music in the U.S., Chen's mentor, Seiji Ozawa, director of the Boston Symphony, plus stirring performances of both Western and Chinese music.

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