Lambda Phi Epsilon, Arthur Dong, And When Ernest Hemingway Met Bich Minh Nguyen

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saw a few articles that drew me in and wanted to post them on up.

Fraternity pays a price for a party that got out of hand

What I kind of find interesting about this article is the gang tie, and while I'm not saying gangs don't exist, I'll always find it funny how people, including those in law enforcement, go that route more so with POC than anyone else.

About a dozen members of the Asian American fraternity moved into eight units in the 600 block of Midvale Avenue before the fall quarter started. In late September, they hosted a housewarming mixer to recruit new members. "Let us show you how Lambdas throw the sickest house parties in town and experience the social life that you can't experience any where else!" a flier advertised. "It will be a perfect chance for you to meet people from all over Southern California." That's when the trouble started.
Arthur Dong Partners with the Chinese American Museum

What's not to love about The Arthur Dong Collection I ask you? That's right. Absolutely nothing.

A singular collection of classic and contemporary movie memorabilia including vintage movie posters, lobby cards, film stills, scripts, press materials and even a genuine Oscar® statuette won by Chinese American Cinematographer, James Wong Howe, on loan courtesy of Don Lee, will be on public display. Arthur Dong serves as the guest curator for this exhibition. "At the very heart of it, this exhibition is both a behind-the-scenes probe on the history of Chinese and Chinese American contributions in motion picture history as well as a long-overdue tribute to their pioneering and contemporary filmmaking achievements over the past century," notes Dr. Pauline Wong, CAM's Executive Director. "But equally as important, this exhibition will help to inform our communities about the transformative role of race and media and the immense power it continues to have in shaping public perception of Chinese American identity."
Author Nguyen struggles to balance her Vietnamese past and Michigan present

Not bad company to be in.

Now, in a case of poetic irony, her memoir of that time, "Stealing Buddha's Dinner," has been selected by the Michigan Humanities Council as this year's Great Michigan Read. That means that tens of thousands of Michigan residents will be looking to Nguyen in the coming months to get a deeper sense of Michigan's evolving identity -- and of just what it means to be a Michigander. The inaugural Great Michigan Read selection was Ernest Hemingway's "The Nick Adams Stories," a collection of short stories detailing how one boy's path to adulthood is shaped by the culture and the natural surroundings of northern Michigan. "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" is a drastic departure from that more traditional portrait of Michigan: The author is a Vietnamese immigrant, her father ends up marrying a Mexican migrant worker in Michigan, and the book is almost entirely set in the thoroughly white-bread community of Grand Rapids in the 1980s.