A presentation by Professor Lucy Burns, UCLA Departments of World Arts & Cultures and Asian American Studies
This paper explores the linkages between the Anti-Martial Law/Anti-Marcos
movement in the Philippines and in the U.S. Filipino diasporic communities,
and the culmination of such efforts into the much-celebrated People
Power/EDSA revolution of 1986. Prof. Burns foregrounds the relevance and
productive possibilities of this transformative moment in Philippine history
in order to raise two key questions: How do Filipino American theater
artists mobilize a critique of Ferdinand Marcos's Martial Law to equally
analyze questions of labor and racial justice within the U.S.? More
broadly, how does such a genealogy of diasporic cultural production
interrupt the more privileged civil-rights history of ethnic theatre?
Lucy Burns holds a joint position in UCLA's Departments of Asian American
Studies and World Arts and Culture, where she teaches courses on Filipino
American studies, feminist performance and race, and race and gender in
performance. She is a co-editor, with Roberta Uno, of The Color of Theater.
She is currently working on a manuscript on the Filipino performing body.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Parking in UCLA's Lot 4 costs $8.
Sponsor(s): World Arts & Cultures/Dance