Events: 2008

ANN ARBOR YPSILANTI READS AUTHOR EVENT

Acclaimed author William Poy Lee will make a special appearance in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. His book, The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother has been chosen as the focus of the 2008 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.

On Friday, January 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Towsley Auditorium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, he will discuss this book his own perspective on the Chinese-American experience. A booksigning will follow and the book will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Borders.

OTHER READS EVENTS

Sunday, January 13, 1:00 -5:00 pm
Special Event: Chinese Cultural Celebration

YDL is having a celebration for all ages featuring Lion Dancers, Chinese storytellers and more!
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Film: Becoming American: The Chinese Experience - Part 1: Gold Mountain Dreams

In this first installment of an excellent three-part documentary, Bill Moyers explores this dramatic portion of America's history and confront myths about the Chinese in America that have flourished in the void. Part 1 examines the Chinese American role in settling the west.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lecture: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang Discusses On Becoming Chinese American

Growing up the child of immigrants, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang grew up both part of and slightly outside of Chinese culture and mainstream American culture. What does it mean to be Chinese? What does it mean to be Chinese American? How does one who does not “look the part” become fully American? She is now Acting Editor for www.IMDiversity.com Asian American Village and the Outreach Coordinator of Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Thursday, January 24, 7 pm
Craft: Chinese Paper Cutting

Delicate Chinese Paper Cutting is an art form which is created by hand cutting with a pair of scissors to achieve sophisticated pictures and designs with greater intricacy than machines can produce. Artist Xiaomei Cui will introduce you to this art form, show examples from her collection, and demonstrate how it is done.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm
Author William Poy Lee at Washtenaw Community College

Acclaimed author William Poy Lee will make a special appearance at WCC in the Morris Lawrence Building to discuss his book and his perspective on the Chinese American experience. This community event includes a book signing, with books for sale courtesy of Borders.
Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Details: 734-327-4560

Saturday, February 2, 10 am
T’ai Chi Demonstration & Discussion

Join Sifu Greg Knollmeyer to learn about the benefits and history of t’ai chi. You will also see a demonstration and have an opportunity to learn some t’ai chi movements.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Sunday, February 3, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Lecture: Elizabeth Chiu King Discusses Food In Chinese Culture

To the Chinese, food is on equal par with other fine arts. it is part of what sustains Chinese people and civilization and made China what it is today. Elizabeth Chiu King, President of the Chinese American Educational and Cultural Center of Michigan (CAECC) will discuss the historical, anthropoligical, sociological and cultural aspects of food. Co-sponsored by CAECC
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Monday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Book Discussion: The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother

Tanner Philosophy Library
1171 Angell Hall
435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Enter through the main entrance on State, go up the steps inside the building. Head south (to the left). Go through the closed fire doors, Tanner is the first door on the right.

For information, contact:
Molly Mahony, M.L.S.
Tanner Philosophy Library
Phone: 734-763-0167

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Lecture: Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

Bring the family to see music, dance and martial arts performances by young Chinese Americans and hear traditional stories told by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang as we celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year! We'll also have a special craft project and yo-yo's!
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Sunday, February 10, 2:00 pm
Book Discussion: The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother

Eastern Accents
214 South Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library.
Details: 327-4560

Monday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Book Discussion: The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother

Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Sunday, February 17, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Lions, Dragons and Painted Faces - An Event For All Ages!

What are the masked traditions of China? From New Year lion and dragon dances to Chinese opera, this workshop introduces designs that represent heroes, animals and kings. Come have your face painted! Co-sponsored by the UM Center for Chinese Studies
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Tuesday, February 19, 7 pm
Why China, Why Now, Why Me?

In a global society, China’s growing global reach means we Americans need to bridge the cultural gap between our countries. Come join us for a highly informative look at what we can do to create understanding and tolerance between these two super powers with speaker Frances Kai-Hwa Chang, acting editor for www.IMDiversity.com, Asian American Village.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Film: Becoming American: The Chinese Experience - Part II: Between Two Worlds

In this second installment of an excellent three-part documentary, Bill Moyers explores this dramatic portion of America's history and confront myths about the Chinese in America that have flourished in the void. Part II examines the hostile years after the 1882 Exclusion Act became U.S. federal law. Chinese Americans were denied the rights of a new country and were no longer at home in their former one. Co-sponsored by Michigan Television
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Thursday, February 21, 12:10 to 1:00 pm
Brown Bag Book Discussion: The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother

Tanner Philosophy Library
1171 Angell Hall
435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Enter through the main entrance on State, go up the steps inside the building. Head south (to the left). Go through the closed fire doors, Tanner is the first door on the right.

For information, contact:
Molly Mahony, M.L.S.
Tanner Philosophy Library
Phone: 734-763-0167

Thursday, February 21, 7 pm
An Evening with Anchee Min
Ypsilanti District Library and Eastern Michigan University present the bestselling memoirist and novelist Anchee Min, who will share the compelling story of her childhood in community China with our community. Red Azalea, Min’s memoir was one of the three finalists for the community reads title for 2008.
Eastern Michigan University,
Student Center,
900 Oakwood Street on campus
Ypsilanti
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

For more information, call 482-4110 ext. 1301.

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Book Discussion: The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother

Village Green Apartments Clubhouse
459 Village Green Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library
Details: 327-4560

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lecture: Modern China - In Its Olympic Year

What is modern China like today? Mary Gallagher, UM Assoc. Professor of Political Science, will discuss the political and social situations in the country that will host the 2008 Summer Olympics. Gallagher is also a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. She received her PhD in politics in 2001 from Princeton University.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Book Discussion: The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute To His Toisanese Mother

Leopold Brothers
529 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library
Details: 327-4560

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lecture: Introduction to Mah-Jongg

Stuart J. Baggaley will present his modified and simplified version of this ancient Chinese game. Baggaley has taught mah-jongg as a course at Washtenaw Community College and other area organizations. Bring your friends and learn the fundamentals of this family-friendly, social game.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Film: Becoming American, The Chinese Experience Part 3: No Turning Back

Held in conjunction with Michigan Television, the final film in this three-part PBS series chronicles how WWII changed life for Chinese Americans. Exclusion laws were repealed and, by the late 1960s, Chinese Americans began their rise to the pinnacle of American life. The film is not rated.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Lecture: Rachel DeWoskin, Author of 'Foreign Babes in Beijing,' Discusses Modern Day China

The Ann Arbor native and award-winning writer will discuss her experiences as a foreigner in China. Her popular memoir, 'Foreign Babes in Beijing,' is being developed into a feature film by Parmount Pictures. DeWoskin will discuss its progress, including updates on casting the film. She currently teaches creative writing at New York University. The event will include a book signing, with books available for purchase.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4560