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Mediating Social Critique: Gender and Race in Hmong Diasporic Video

Lecture by Louisa Schein, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

Friday, January 18, 2008
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Downstairs Lounge
Faculty Center
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Video has emerged over two decades as a dynamic entertainment industry in the Hmong diaspora. Through feature films, Hmong American producers foment homeland nostalgia, explore gendered relations and constitute a transnational entity. This paper, excerpted from Schein's book-in-progress, Rewind to Home, takes up those less common filmmakers who have used either entertainment or documentary genres to craft gender, sexuality and race critique.

Louisa Schein is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  She teaches Anthropology and Women's and Gender Studies and is the author of Minority Rules: The Miao and the Feminine in China's Cultural Politics (Duke 2000).  She is currently completing Rewind to Home: Hmong Media and Gendered Diaspora. She is currently collaborating on two documentary film projects on Hmong immigrants with Va-Megn Thoj and with Peter O'Neill.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women as part of its Intersectionalities Series.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Gender Studies

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