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H-ASIA November 15, 2008 New Resources from Asian Educational Media Service *********************************************************************** From: "Lee, Tanya Su-Kyung" <tanyalee@AD.UIUC.EDU> November 2008: New from the Asian Educational Media Service http://www.aems.uiuc.edu 1) New film reviews: "Citizen Dog" and "Out of the Poison Tree" 2) New website review: "Learning from Asian Art: Korea" 3) New current events pages: "HIV in Asia," "China's May 12 Earthquake," "The 2008 Beijing Olympics" 4) Fall issue of AEMS News and Reviews 5) New interview: Kay Ikeda discusses "On Another Playground: Japanese Popular Culture in America" 6) Looking ahead.... Greetings from AEMS! It has been a while since we last emailed and we have a lot of new features to share with you. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback - and we are always interested in new resources and writers! 1) Our most recent film reviews are online: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/filmreviews/index.html Reviews of two films featured in last year's Asian Film Festival, featuring Southeast Asian Cinema (http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/events/filmfestival/filmfest_2007.html): - "Out of the Poison Tree," a moving and compelling documentary by Beth Pielert about Khmer Rouge survivor Thida Mam's return to Cambodia in search of the truth about her father's death, is reviewed by Judy Ledgerwood, professor of anthropology and Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University. http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/filmreviews/poisontree.htm - "Citizen Dog," a campy and surreal romantic comedy by Thai New Wave director Wisit Sasanatieng with an underlying social commentary about life in Bangkok, is reviewed by Ellen Boccuzzi, a lecturer at Thammasat University in Bangkok who studies urbanization in the developing world. http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/filmreviews/citizendog.htm 2) Our series of website reviews is gradually expanding: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/webreviews/index.html - "Learning from Asian Art: Korea," a curriculum unit produced by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and available both online or as a multimedia kit, is reviewed by Stacey Gross, an art teacher at Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois. 3) AEMS continues to carefully select and annotate articles, editorials, lesson plans, and other resources available online to help enrich you and your students' understanding of Asia-related issues in the news: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/resources/currentevents/index.html - "HIV in Asia," provides a selection of links and resources on HIV and AIDS in Japan, South Korea, China and India, as an aide to teaching about this growing international health issue: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/resources/currentevents/hivasia.htm - "China's May 12 Earthquake" offers resources for learning the facts about this disaster and evaluating the international reaction; includes a comparison with Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/resources/currentevents/sichuanearthquake.html - "2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing" was originally posted last February, linking to information and debates on the build-up to the first Olympic Games held in China; we updated the page this fall to include reports on the Games and their aftermath. 4) The Fall 2008 issue of th AEMS Newsletter was published earlier this fall, with reviews of four extraordinary films on topics spanning the Asian continent; if there is a theme this time, it might be “tragedy and transcendence.” If you are a subscriber, you should already have received your copy. Each issue can also be downloaded as a PDF at our website: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/newsletters/newsletters.html - Gavin Douglas (UNC Greensboro) reviews "The Flute Player" and "Monkey Dance" about music and healing among survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia and their descendants; - Nazif Shahrani (Indiana University) introduces "Kabul Transit," a street-level exploration of the fractured cityscape of contemporary Kabul, Afghanistan; - "The Blood of Yingzhou District," the Academy Award-winning documentary about AIDS orphans in China, is reviewed by Robert Cagle (University of Illinois); - Clay Dube (USC) takes on "Please Vote for Me," a not-so-tragic documentary on a democracy experiment in a Chinese classroom; - and in an installment of our "Teaching and Technology" column, I present a guide to navigating region coding, format and other issues in using digital video. 5) From time to time, we have the opportunity to meet and interview a filmmaker, and to share with you what we learn about their work. Kay Ikeda, anthropologist and dean of the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Japan, recently collaborated with David Plath to create the DVD "On Another Playground: Japanese Popular Culture in America" (distributed by AEMS: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/mpg/indvideos.html), and discussed this work and her own background in an interview with writer Rand Hartsell: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/publications/interviews/keikoikeda.html 6) We are currently working on the Winter 2009 issue of the AEMS Newsletter, with a special feature on contemporary Japanese cinema, featuring reviews of some of the selections from our Asian Film Festival 2008: Young in Japan: http://www.aems.uiuc.edu/events/filmfestival/filmfest_2008.html. Subscribers, expect this issue in your mailbox in January! We will also soon be publishing another current events page, this one on reactions to our own presidential election in different parts of Asia. And of course, we will continue to publish more film and website reviews online. To stay current with AEMS publications, subscribe to our RSS feed at www.aems.uiuc.edu. Please feel free to contact us any time with questions or suggestions! --Tanya --------------------------------------- Tanya Lee Program Director Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue, MC-025 Urbana, IL 61801 TEL: 217-265-0642 or 888-828-AEMS FAX: 217-265-0641 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aems.uiuc.edu ****************************************************************** To post to H-ASIA simply send your message to: <H-ASIA@h-net.msu.edu> For holidays or short absences send post to: <email@example.com> with message: SET H-ASIA NOMAIL Upon return, send post with message SET H-ASIA MAIL H-ASIA WEB HOMEPAGE URL: http://h-net.msu.edu/~asia/