By Anthony James
In the fall of 2005, 36-year-old Chai Vang was convicted of first-degree murder and condemned to serve the rest of his remaining life in prison after shooting and killing six hunters in northern Wisconsin. It was an incident that created both shock and tension within Minnesota’s Asian community, where Vang and his family worked and lived. Was this a case of a maniac, vengeful killer or self defense? In the screening of his newest documentary film, Open Season, Twin Cities native Mark Tang hopes to illuminate the background of the Vang trial to encourage discussion within local communities.
On a cloudy March evening, a crowd of both students and adults packed a small meeting room in Augsburg College’s student center, curious for a first glimpse at the film’s rough cut which Tang co-directed with Lu Lippold. Sponsors of the event included Augsburg’s Pan Asian Student Services and Generous Alternatives, a local organization that encourages respectful interactions between people of different cultural backgrounds. The film, though completed, is in the stages of seeking funding in order hopefully to be shown on public television across Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as used in academic and community environments as a catalyst to open conversation.
Protest film on Dalai Lama also scheduled
A strong trio of new films from China is set to grace the 28th Annual Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, opening Thursday, Apr. 15 for a two-week run at St. Anthony Main Theatre,125 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN through Apr. 30.
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“My birth was a handicap for our family. Sure, our late leader Mao Ze Dong had said: “Women hold up half the sky.” But that just wasn’t so. A girl leaves her house to marry into another family. She doesn’t pass her family name to her children. She doesn’t care for her parents forever – giving them money when they can no longer work, leading their casket to the other side of the River of Sleep, visiting their gravesites twice a year with spirit money, good foods and love. A man does all these things.”
New Site Offers Worldwide Access and a Remarkable Compilation of Related Bilingual Scholarship
The earliest Chinese paintings in one of the most important collections in the West are now featured in a new public Web resource launched by the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries. "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy" contains hundreds of images and comprehensive documentation of the Freer's exceptional holdings of 85 works of Chinese brushwork from the 10th through the 14th centuries.