ASIA WEEK

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in April. At Carolina, we also celebrate Asia Week, March 23-31, with numerous screenings, discussions, performances and a conference scheduled:

Saturday, March 23

Star Families: Asian Theme Skies

Location: Morehead Planetarium
Time: 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26

Film Screening: Maineland (2017) and Q&A with Director Miao Wang

Location: FedEx Global Education Center Auditorium
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30, followed by screening and Q&A)

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., Maineland is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.

Miao Wang is a New York-based award-winning filmmaker and print and web designer. Born in Beijing, China just after the Cultural Revolution, Miao Wang grew up with the last remnants of pre-modernized Communist China. She immigrated to the United States in 1990.

Free parking available at McCauley Deck and Beard Lot. First come, first served!

Sponsored by the UNC Department of Communication and the Carolina Asia Center

Wednesday, March 27

Discussion: Early Childhood Development in Rural China: Evidence from the Qinling Cohort Study

Location: FedEx Room 4003
Time: 12:30-2 p.m.

Sean Sylvia, assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, will speak about the growing body of cross-disciplinary research suggests that human capital deficits in early life negatively affect later life outcomes and that interventions in early childhood can substantially improve health and productivity in adulthood. Given this evidence – and growing recognition that human capital development is an important mechanism affecting the persistence of poverty and inequality – investing in early childhood has risen on the policy agenda in a number of developing countries. The goal of the Qinling cohort study is to inform early childhood policies in China. Across five waves of data collection, this study follows a cohort of more than 1800 children in rural areas of southern Shaanxi province from 6 months of age until age 5. Using this unique data, this talk will discuss the nutritional and developmental status of rural children and its evolution in early childhood. It will also present the results of two embedded randomized trials: one testing the effects of micronutrient supplementation and another intervention providing parenting support through home visits by cadres from China’s Family Planning Commission.

Dr. Sylvia is a health and development economist whose research focuses on designing and evaluating innovative approaches to improve the delivery of health services in developing countries. His work relies heavily on fieldwork to collect primary data and most uses experimental or quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the causal effects of policies and interventions. In past and ongoing projects, he has studied the design of performance-based incentives for providers, school-based health and nutrition programs, early childhood health and development, and the quality of primary care in low-resource settings. His work has been published journals such as the BMJ, PLOS Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, and Health Policy and Planning. He has long-standing collaborations with researchers at a number of universities in China where he has directed several large-scale surveys and randomized trials. Prior to joining UNC, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at Renmin University of China.

Sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center

Thursday, March 28-Friday, March 29

Transnational Korean Cinema and Media Conference

Location: FedEx Global Education Center Atrium and Mandela Auditorium
Time: Opening Reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by film screenings. Friday check in begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Carolina Asia Center is proud to invite everyone to our Triangle East Colloquium on the theme of “Transnational Korean Cinema and Media, featuring short films and panelists from across the country. To register and view the entire schedule, please visit triangleac.org/teac-2019.

Saturday, March 30

UNC Opera: One Who Says Yes

Location: Hill Hall auditorium
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Based on the Japanese Noh play, Taniko, featuring guest artist Umekawa Ichinosuke

UNC Opera will present Kurt Weill’s One Who Says Yes, based on the Japanese Noh play, Taniko, and featuring guest Noh Theatre artist Umekawa Ichinosuke. UNC Opera’s production will be sung in English.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to explore the “Noh World” exhibit in the rotunda, featuring research projects, videos of Noh performances (with headphone audio), a section with fans and masks, Japanese sweets (wagashi) and more. Then head to Hill Hall 103 at 7:15 for a pre-performance lecture by UNC Music Professor Tim Carter.

Sunday, March 31

UNC Sangeet (and other student performers)

Location: FedEx GEC Auditorium
Time: 3 p.m.

UNC Opera: One Who Says Yes

Location: Hill Hall auditorium
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Based on the Japanese Noh play, Taniko, featuring guest artist Umekawa Ichinosuke

UNC Opera will present Kurt Weill’s One Who Says Yes, based on the Japanese Noh play, Taniko, and featuring guest Noh Theatre artist Umekawa Ichinosuke. UNC Opera’s production will be sung in English.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to explore the “Noh World” exhibit in the rotunda, featuring research projects, videos of Noh performances (with headphone audio), a section with fans and masks, Japanese sweets (wagashi) and more. Then head to Hill Hall 103 at 7:15 for a pre-performance lecture by UNC Music Professor Tim Carter.

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