Asian American Porn?! – Saturday, October 9, 2004 - 2:00 pm

Admission: $10 (CASH ONLY) at the door. ID will be required. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Narrative Short

Title

Director

Running Time

Format

Asian Pride Porn

Greg Pak

3

Video

In this hilarious spoof, award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) stars in an infomercial advertising progressive pornography featuring “smart Asian women” and “sexually empowered Asian men.”


Documentary Feature

Title

Director

Running Time

Format

Masters of the Pillow

James Hou

58

Video

Filmmaker James Hou’s documentary stars UC-Davis professor Darrell Hamamoto, the self-proclaimed leader of the so-called “Yellow Porn Movement”, in his quest to produce an all-Asian cast porn movie, and in the process, unleash a distinct and ultimately empowering brand of explicitly racialized sexuality for Asian Americans. Steadily moving through the college and festival circuits and sending college students, academics, journalists, and even The Daily Show and The Tonight Show in a flurry about porn, this ambitious film confronts the sexual psyche of porn-lovers everywhere, and asks everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Asian American sex and more. Due to content, admittance will be limited to those 18 and older. Filmmakers Greg Pak and James Hou will be in attendance.


Narrative Short

Title

Director

Running Time

Format

Yellowcaust: A Patriot Act

Darrell Hamamoto

11

Video

The abridged experimental version of Professor Darrell Hamamoto’s pornographic Asian American film, Skin on Skin. A panel discussion on Asian American sexuality in film will follow. -Anna Petrillo

 

Asian American Sexuality
A Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 9th, 2004, 2:00 PM

Can porn bring Asian American sexuality from the margins into the mainstream? A panel will discuss the opportunities and limitations of the “Yellow Porn Movement” as it aims to empower Asian American masculinity.

Panelists:

Peter X. Feng is an Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Delaware, where he teaches film history, Asian American Studies, and cultural studies. An expert on Asian Americans and the media, he has authored Identities in Motion: Asian American Film & Video (Duke University Press), and edited Screening Asian Americans (Rutgers University Press).
Lalitha Gopalan is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University. Her teaching and research interests include: film theory and practice; national cinemas; history of anthropology; postcolonial theory; feminist film theory and practice; and cultural studies.
James Hou, founder of San Francisco-based Avenue Films, made his debut in 2002 with the acclaimed short comedy, The Pickup, which screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and Chicago Asian American Showcase. His first feature-length documentary, Masters of the Pillow, is garnering unprecedented attention with its candid exploration of Asian American sexuality.
Funie Hsu, Producer of Yellowcaust, resides in Southern California where she is an active member of the Asian Pacific Islander community. Her current projects focus on issues of race/space in Los Angeles Chinatown as well as institutional equality.
Jeanette Roan is an Assistant Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at George Mason University. Her research and teaching interests include topics in the areas of film studies, cultural studies, and Asian American studies, such as the emergence of cinema during the "age of empire," race and ethnicity in U.S. film, cinema and Asian Pacific American culture, and globalization and culture.

Moderator:

Christine So is an Assistant Professor in the English department at Georgetown University where she has taught since 1998. Her research and teaching focus is on the commodification of Asian American culture, and she is currently completing her book, Fictions of Gold: Asian American Culture as Commodity, a study of the canonization and consumption of popular Asian American narratives.

Venue Information

Rosslyn Spectrum
Arlington County
1611 Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
http://www.actorscenter.org/spectrum.html

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