This one-day symposium will center on pedagogical approaches to Asian American and Pacific Islander performance on stage and on screen. Keynote speaker Donatella Galella will offer an interactive lesson about understanding and countering Orientalist representation in David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s musical Soft Power. All events are in-person and will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel: https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/school-of-music-live-streams/
- 10:00am - AAPI Performance in the Classroom: A Roundtable with Esther Kim Lee (Duke University), Dorinne Kondo (USC), Sean Metzger (UCLA), Deborah Wong (UCR), Donatella Galella (UCR), moderator Link to access copies of text
- 11:30am - Songs of Our Atolls With Shine Benkim, Jessica Schwartz, and members of the Marshallese Educational Initiative Link to access copies of text
- 12:30pm - Lunch in Courtyard
- 1:30pm - Lea de la Orienté: Drag as Abjection and Haunting With Jordan Hugh Sam (UCLA)
- 2:45pm - Donatella Galella (UCR), "Getting to Know You": A Lesson in Challenging Orientalist Knowledge with Soft Power" Link to access copies of text
- 4:15pm - Reception in Courtyard
This program is made possible by the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund. Robert Uriel Nelson was a revered musicologist and music professor at UCLA, who, together with his wife, established a generous endowment for the university to make programs like this possible.