BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Asia scholars from New York, neighboring
states, Canadian provinces and beyond will gather in Buffalo Sept.
16-17 for the 2011 New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS)
organized by the Asian Studies Program at the University at
College and university faculty members, graduate students, pre-K
through 12 teachers and other Asia scholars and Asiaphiles are
invited to explore the conference theme, "Asia at Work and Play,"
and discuss a wide range of topics in the humanities, social
sciences and professional fields relative to all regions of
for more information and to register for the conference.
Registration for the entire conference is $125, with teacher and
student discounts of $75. Registration for the teacher workshop
alone is $10. UB students and faculty can attend all conference
events at no charge, although pre-registration is required for the
teacher workshop and Saturday luncheon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme "Asia at Work and Play" calls attention to the ways in
which the labor and creativity of people in and from Asia have
transformed the world. Conference panels will examine the
automobile industry in Asia and its connections to Western New
York, Asian labor markets, media and rule of law in China, sports
and society, popular music, and the entertainment industry in
On Sept. 16 from 12:30-4 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to
5:15 p.m., the conference will present academic panels at the
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Rd., near
Audubon Pkwy., Amherst. These panels are open to conference
registrants only, but evening events on both days are open to the
public and free of charge.
On both days, part of the Ramada Inn exhibition space will
feature photographs from "China's Sacred Sites," an acclaimed book
project by Buffalo architect Beverly Foit-Albert and Nan Shunxun of
the Beijing Institute for Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Conference keynote events will kick off at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 in
the Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, with
a talk by Melissa Chiu, vice president for global arts programs at
the Asia Society in New York, titled "What is Asian Contemporary
Art: The Challenges of a New Field of Enquiry."
At 6 p.m. the UB Department of Visual Studies, UB Art Galleries
and the Asian Studies Program will celebrate the opening of a
collaborative exhibition, "Beijing Buffalo: Translation," by
students from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the
UB Department of Visual Studies. The free public exhibition will
take place on the second floor of the UB Art Gallery and a public
reception will be held in the Center for the Arts atrium.
Chiu's talk, along with the exhibition opening and reception are
made possible through sponsorships by the UB Confucius Institute,
Department of Visual Studies, the Beijing Central Academy of Fine
Arts and the UB Art Gallery.
The Sept. 17 program at the Ramada will include a plenary
luncheon, with a welcome by Stephen C. Dunnett, UB vice provost for
international education, and a keynote address by Gail Hershatter,
president of the Association for Asian Studies and a noted expert
on gender and labor in China. The title of Hershatter's
presentation is "The Girl Who Burned the Banknotes: A Child
Daughter-in-Law's Story and the Shape of Social Change in Early
From 9 a.m. to noon, as part of its ongoing commitment to
teacher professional education, the Asian Studies Program will
present "The Arts in Asia: A Workshop for Teachers" in conjunction
with NYCAS 2011.
The workshop will be held in 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus,
and will feature a presentation by Dinh Q. Le on art and
contemporary society in Vietnam, as well as presentations on music
and art in Japan and India.
Sept. 17 also will mark the opening of the world premiere of the
exhibition "Dinh Q. Le: Saigon Diary" in the UB Anderson Gallery,
One Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo.
In this exhibition, the renowned Vietnamese-American artist
documents the activities of 12 "recycling women," who travel
throughout Saigon collecting waste to sell or reuse. In the
process, he creates a vivid documentary portrait of their lives,
which he weaves into the story of this rapidly changing society.
This event, including a reception for the artist from 6-8 p.m., is
a free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue through
Catalog support for the Lê exhibition was provided by the
Robert Lehman Foundation. Exhibition sponsorship was provided by
Norman and Thuy Murray and by three area Southeast Asian
restaurants: Papaya, Saigon Bangkok and Saigon Cafe.
In addition to the gallery exhibition sponsors, NYCAS 2011 is
made possible with funding from the UB College of Arts and
Sciences, East View Information Services, the Association for Asian
Studies and the New York Conference on Asian Studies.