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Lecture - Filipina American Author Jessica Hagedorn at UCLA

Lecture - Filipina American Author Jessica Hagedorn at UCLA

In celebration of Pilipino American History Month

Thursday, October 16, 2003
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
UCLA
362 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In celebration of their 35th anniversary and Pilipino American History Month, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the UCLA Pilipina/o American Graduate Student Association (PAGaSA), the UCLA Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association (AASGSA), UCLA Samahang Pilipino, the Filipino American National Historical Society - LA Chapter (FANHS) and Eastwind Books & Arts-Westwood present a visit to UCLA by Filipina American author Jessica Hagedorn.  Hagedorn will read from her new novel, "Dream Jungle."

 

Hagedorn burst onto the American literary scene in 1990 with the publication of "Dogeaters," her lush, adventurous first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Born and raised in the Philippines, she moved to the United States in her teens. Hagedorn is a novelist, poet, performance artist, and screenwriter who is widely acknowledged as a leading Asian- American voice.

 

With "Dream Jungle," Hagedorn delivers her first novel in seven years. It is a story that reaches beyond the Filipino and Filipino American experience to explore the universal themes of power, money, race and colonialism. Two real-life events that both took place in the Philippines - the discovery of the Tasaday, an ancient "lost tribe," in a remote mountain area of the rain forest and the filming of the movie "Apocalypse Now" - are the inspiration for "Dream Jungle."  At once a sensual and razor-sharp indictment of colonialism, "Dream Jungle" evokes the desperate beauty and rank corruption of the Philippines from the height of the Marcos era in the mid-1970s to the end of the twentieth century.   For additional information on the book, see

http://www.penguinputnam.com/Book/BookFrame/0,1007,,00.html?id=0670884588.

 

Hosted by writers/community organizers Michelle Magalong and Steve Moon, the evening will begin with a performance by spoken word artist, Dorian Merina. Jessica Hagedorn will be introduced by Professor Russell Leong and after the reading, a Q & A will be facilitated by Michelle Magalong.

 

Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Eastwind-Westwood.  Special event price for hardcover book - $22

  

The event is free and open to the public.  Parking can bu purchased for $7 from the Wyton & Hilgard kiosk for Lot 5 or 3.  PLEASE RSVP - Send an email to aascrsvp@aasc.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-2974.

 

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Cost : Free

UCLA Asian American Studies Center(310) 825-2974
aascrsvp@aasc.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Pilipina/o American Graduate Student Association (PAGaSA), UCLA Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association (AASGSA), UCLA Samahang Pilipino, Filipino American National Historical Society - LA Chapter (FANHS) and Eastwind Books & Arts-Westwood