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Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters in Chicago

Posted by litdaily on June 12, 2011

South Asian comedian Aziz Ansari will be performing at Genesee Theatre in suburban Waukegan on June 14 as part of his “Dangerously Delicious” comedy tour.  Ansari’s  roles as Tom Haverford in NBC’s Parks and Recreation and as stand up comedian Randy in Judd Apatow’s Funny People have received critical attention. Both Haverford and Randy are annoying characters, but Ansari makes them funny and memorable through his characteristic deadpan delivery. His material and characters play around with racial identity in interesting ways: his racial status is never denied but also never seems central to his roles…more>>

Russell Peters will be performing with George Lopez at the Rosemont Theatre on June 18 as part of the 2011 TBS Just for Laughs Chicago Festival…more>>


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The 16th Annual Asian American Showcase in Chicago

Posted by litdaily on April 6, 2011

The 16th Annual Asian American Showcase is screening films at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago through April 14, 2011. The film festival’s schedule over the next week includes Iris Shim’s The House of Suh, Helie Lee’s Macho Like Me, Chuck Mitsui’s One Kine Day, and Rasaka Theater Company’s brief tribute to Bollywood. You can find the details for Asian American Showcase here.

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Film Screening and Discussion: “The House of Suh”

Posted by litdaily on February 5, 2011

The award-winning film “The House of Suh | A good son is committed for life” will be screened at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on Tuesday, February 8, at 5:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with UIC alumna Iris K. Shim, the film’s director and producer, producer Gerry Kim and associate producer and UI graduate Joseph Lee. Further details for the event can be found here.

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Film Synopsis: Yoon Myung and Tai Sook Suh immigrated to America for a better life for their children, Andrew and Catherine. But their pursuit of happiness quickly became riddled with misfortune, culminating on Sept. 25, 1993, when Andrew shot and killed his older sister’s fiancé of eight years, Robert O’Dubaine, at Catherine’s bidding. Those closest to Andrew expressed shock and disbelief: How could a young man with a promising future allow himself to be convinced into committing murder? As the Suh’s complex history unfolds, issues of cultural assimilation, traditional values and justice are examined, raising questions of guilt, innocence and the illusive gray area in between.

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Gary Okihiro Lecture at Northwestern University

Posted by litdaily on October 13, 2010

Professor Gary Okihiro, ethnic studies scholar and founding director for Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, is presenting a talk titled “Our Ethnic Studies: A Reflection of the Field and Its Future” as part of Chicago’s Northwestern University Colloquium on Ethnicity & Diaspora on Thursday, October 14…more>>

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Rudresh Mahanthappa to Perform in Chicago

Posted by litdaily on September 17, 2010

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet with Craig Taborn (piano), François Moutin (bass), and Dan Weiss (drums) performs at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago with multiple performances, September 23-26, 2010. South Asian American alto saxophonist Mahanthappa’s jazz is inflected by Carnatic music of South India…more>>

Over the years, critics have projected their own racial assumptions on to Mahanthappa’s music. In this 2008 interview that Rochester’s City Newspaper did with the jazz artist, Saby Reyes-Kulkarni suggests that “Unsurprisingly, his work arises largely out of the persistent sense of displacement so common to the children of immigrants.” In contrast, Gary Giddins’s review of Mahanthappa’s breakthrough album “Kinsmen” in The New Yorker argues that we should be wary of pigeonholing Mahanthappa’s music as he has worked to precisely elude ethnic assumptions, such as those made in the City Newspaper interview. Giddins writes that Mahanthappa is “actually as American as apple pie, or Barack Obama.” Mahanthappa is not so naïve as to think that he or his art can transcend race but he does want to engage with race on his own terms without letting it become a constraining label. He does not disavow his Indian ancestry, but at the same time his music sensibilities are not exclusively devoted to the “Indian-jazz-hybrid-fusion” label.

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Chicago South Asian Film Festival

Posted by litdaily on September 14, 2010

The inaugural Chicago South Asian Film Festival runs from October 1st through October 3rd, 2010 with showings at Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Cinema and Chicago Cultural Center. The festival showcases filmmakers from South Asia and South Asian diasporas. Expected attendees include Deepti Naval, Manisha Koirala, Ajay Naidu, Aparna Sen…more>>

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Laura Kina’s New Art Show “Sugar”

Posted by litdaily on September 10, 2010

Artist Laura Kina’s “Sugar” paintings recall obake ghost stories and feature Japanese and Okinawan picture brides turned machete-carrying sugar cane plantation field laborers on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kina’s new solo exhibit begins today in Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery with an opening reception and runs through October 28…more>>

Kina’s images draw our attention to women’s labor in sugar plantations by emphasizing their hands and bodies. The women’s faces, however, remain obscured. Women’s labor is usually not noticed or seen, quite like the faintly perceptible faces of these women in Kina’s paintings…more>>

Laura Kina's Kasuri

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“The Merchants of Bollywood” in Chicago

Posted by litdaily on September 3, 2010

Indian dance theater production “The Merchants of Bollywood” will be playing in Chicago on October 1 and 2. The musical presents the story of conflict and reconciliation between traditional folk-dance and modern dance forms in Bollywood choreography as it plays out in the generational dynamics of the Merchant family…more>>

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Kumail Nanjiani Stand-Up in Chicago Today

Posted by litdaily on August 29, 2010

Kumail Nanjiani, the South Asian comic who grew up in Pakistan and was profiled by The New York Times last year, is going to be performing in Chicago today, August 29, 2010. He will be performing with other Chicago comics Joselyn Hughes, Adam Burke and Beth Stelling…more>>

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Margaret Cho to Perform in Chicago

Posted by litdaily on August 27, 2010

Asian American comedienne Margaret Cho’s new album Cho Dependent is out in stores now. Cho will be performing in Chicago on October 16…more>>

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