From Hollywood to the Internet, Asian and Latino American communities continue to be shaped and reshaped by visual media. What does the future hold? The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program and the Smithsonian Latino Center host a conversation about the history, present and future of Asian and Latino America through cinema and new media.
Film scholar Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg (University of Texas at Austin) will present an illustrated history of ethnic stereotypes and the efforts of actors and playwrights to subvert and resist them. Internet scholar Dr. Lisa Nakamura (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will discuss the racial and ethnic assumptions embedded in the representations of race in digital media, particularly in gaming cultures. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Konrad Ng, new media scholar and Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW
Washington, DC 20013
Closest Metro: Smithsonian
Free and open to the public.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? currently on view at the National Museum of Natural History (June 18, 2011 through January 2, 2012).
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program provides vision, leadership, and support for Asian and Pacific Islander American initiatives for the Smithsonian and works to better reflect their contributions to the American experience, world culture, and the understanding of our planet and the natural world throughout Smithsonian collections, research, exhibitions, outreach, and education programs. For more information, visit us at www.apa.si.edu.
The Smithsonian Latino Center is an Educational Outreach and Research Center of the Smithsonian Institution focused on ensuring that Latino contributions to art, science, and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and its affiliated organizations across the United States. For more information, visit us at www.latino.si.edu.