Director Lixin Fan, Professor Gary Okihiro, And Macalester College

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

For all my people locally - definitely check it out if it's your thing and see about supporting some of the Asian student organizations who are putting together some great events for Macalester’s Asian Pacific Awareness month.

And yeah - it's free.

Film Screening & Discussion with Director: Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home
April 13, 7:00pm to 9:30pm @ the JBD Lecture Hall
Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Join us for the Minnesota premiere of the award-winning documentary film, Last Train Home, by acclaimed Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan. Every Chinese New Year, 130 million migrant factory workers make the epic trip home to their rural villages by train, overwhelming the transportation system, human resources, and any sense of personal space. Fan follows the heartbreaking journey of a young family struggling to stay together as China “hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance.” The 87-minute film will be followed by a discussion with the director to examine the role of globalization on tradition, gender roles, and normative nuclear family structures. Watch the trailer at

Keynote by Gary Okihiro: Third World Solidarity in an Era of Global Capitalism
April 15, 7:00pm to 9:00pm @ JBD Lecture Hall
Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Gary Okihiro is the professor of international and public affairs and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Hear him speak on where the Asian diaspora stands in Third World Solidarity, especially with the recent economic developments and changing power relations of nation-states and multinational corporate interests.
Thanks Lawrence