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Friday Oct 17

NOM is back! This time, we headed out to the West Village to Dolce Gelateria. (Check out our recent blog post about the awesome time we had there!) Watch the video for some seriously drool-worthy footage of their gelato and a short interview from the owner, Sal. 

Also, Generasian is excited to present the NYU community with a little treat! Dolce Gelateria is offering buy one get one free for the rest of October. This is only for NYU students. To redeem the promotion, like them on Facebook and show your ID when you’re at the cash register. They’re located on Barrow Street and 7th Avenue South, just a short walk from Washington Square Park.

Happy eating!

Thursday May 8

Games Night!

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Stressed out from finals and papers? Come join Generasian and the Asian American Women Alliance (AAWA) for a night full of games and foods! There will be Mahjong, Bang!, Settlers of Catan, Taboo, Apples to Apples, karaoke and much more! Kimmel, Room 406! Lots of fun + lots of food!

When: TODAY (Thursday), May 8th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Kimmel 406

Admission: Free! RSVP and find out more information on our Facebook Event!

Sunday Apr 20

East Asian Studies Night, 2014

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I attended EAS Night last Tuesday. Had it not been for my Chinese teacher, I would have missed out on a great show.

Students in Japanese, Chinese and Korean classes put on entertaining performances for a cheering crowd that consisted of language teachers, other students and department heads. Highlights of the night include -

  • Owarai Champloo, NYU students’ version of traditional Japanese storytelling. (My favorite, because I couldn’t stop laughing.)
  • NYU Rhythmic Impulse, who shook the room with their high energy drumming
  • a beautiful flute rendition of Magic Castle - the Classic by Eduardo Castillo
  • an abridged Japanese version of Disney’s Frozen, complete with resonant singing
  • and a charming group performance of the song 《老男孩》
    (LaoNanHai), from the Chinese comedy short film of the same name.

The night definitely had something for everybody. EAS Night was undoubtedly even more enjoyable for those that have an understanding of all three languages. I left in awe of all the performers’ talents, especially those of the advanced Japanese students’. If you missed it this year, don’t miss next year’s!

Below is just a poster from this year’s event:

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Wednesday Apr 9

EXPOSURE: Kiyoshi AWAZU (1929-2009)

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This week on EXPOSURE, we would like to introduce you to Japanese graphic designer Kiyoshi Awazu! 

known for his contributions to poster and urban design, was consistently considered among the upper echelon of Japanese graphic designers throughout his career, which began in the years following World War II.

Check out more of his work here

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Friday Apr 4

CSSA Gala: Sparkling Years

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NYU Chinese Students and Scholars Association proudly presents its 2014 annual gala, Sparkling Years. Talented students and alumni from China and US team up to entertain you with the ultimate sensory experience, featuring a variety of original shows including choirs, musicals, skits, dances, and ensembles featuring over one hundred performers from both China and US. This year, the feature performers are the talented songwriter group The Best Time (Shui Mu Nian Hua) and rock genius Van (Yichen) Fan—their beautiful performance will be sure to carry you back in time. 

When: Sunday, April 6, 2014 7:30PM

Where: Rose Theatre (Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY 10023)

Cost: Tickets can be bought here. NYU students get $20 off. To get the promotion code, please text your name (in English) and NetID to NYUCSSA official Wechat account (nyucssa) or official Weibo account (NYUCSSA) 

Wednesday Mar 26

EXPOSURE: Korakrit Arunanondchai

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Today in EXPOSURE, we would like to introduce you to the Bangkok-raised artist  Korakrit Arunanondchait

Arunanondchai engages a myriad of subjects such as history, authenticity, self-representation, and tourism through the lens of a cultural transplant. His work seeks to find a common ground in artistic experiences through a pastiche of styles and mediums.

His show is currently at MoMA PS1 until May 25th. Go check it out if you’re interested!

Sunday Mar 23

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) Presentation at NYU

NYU’s Freedom for North Korea (F4NK) is becoming part of the LiNK Rescue Team! Learn about what changes we can make to help the North Korean people. You will leave the event knowing how you can be a part of one day seeing a free North Korea. 

Cost: Free. Food and refreshments served.

Where: Kimmel 803

When: Thursday, March 27, 6-7pm

Wednesday Mar 12

EXPOSURE : Xu Bing

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This week on EXPOSURE, we are featuring another exhibit right here in NYC! Xu Bing is a sculptor from Beijing who has built two beautiful phoenixes out of construction debris. He was inspired by the new World Trade Center in Beijing— a beautiful piece of architecture, but built by workers in terrible conditions. Fierce and daunting, it critiques Chinese labor, industrialization and rapid modernization.

“The method is unsophisticated, like Chinese lanterns. At the same time it is also in keeping with the Western concept of ready-made assemblage. The entire process of creation forms an interactive relationship with the environment and Chinese society.” -Xu Bing

The exhibition is at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, located on 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. You can find more information about the exhibition here, and check out more of Xu Bing’s work here.

Wednesday Mar 5

EXPOSURE : Li Hongbo

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This week on EXPOSURE, we would like to introduce a contemporary paper master, Li Hongbo! Inspired by Chinese paper lanterns, he uses stacks of paper to recreate Renaissance sculptures. Li’s fascination with paper began with his previous position as a book editor. All of his pieces seem stationary and solid, but can be stretched and transformed. The sculptures are composed of over 20,000 sheets of paper glued together. 

This video explains his sculpting process:

Check out more of his work here! Also check out his Tools of Study exhibition at the Klein Sun Gallery (525 W 22nd St) until March 22.

Wednesday Feb 26

EXPOSURE : Kyoung Tack Hong

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Hey everyone, EXPOSURE is back for the spring semester! This week we are featuring Kyoung Tack Hong, who is a Korean contemporary painter. We first encountered his work at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013. Hong is known for his photorealistic depictions of colored pencils and other office-themed settings, along with some pop culture references.

Hong Kyoung-Tack, well-known locally as a popular collector’s favorite from a then-record 2007 sale of HK$6.48 million, sold an artwork for HK$6.63 at the Christie’s event for contemporary Asian art. The work, “Pencil 1” (Lot 47), sold above its original appraisal value, making it the most expensive Korean artwork to be sold at the international auctioneer. - Ines Min

Check out more of his work here

Thursday Jan 30

Generasian is wishing all of our readers a very happy Lunar New Year! In case you couldn’t tell from the picture, this year is the Year of the Horse. Supposedly, people born in a Year of the Horse are energetic, intelligent, and have great communication skills. They are somewhat impatient and can have a quick temper - especially when confronted with failure. 

Some NYU clubs are hosting events where you can enjoy some yummy Asian food and celebrate the Lunar New Year in style. We’re also posting some events happening outside of NYU. And of course, to keep in line with our poor college student budget, ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

NYU CSS Presents: Lunar’s Eve!

Head out to NYU’s Chinese Student Society’s event to enjoy all sorts of traditional Chinese foods such as rice cakes and roast pork. There will also be raffles for red envelopes filled with mystery gifts. 

Date and Time: TONIGHT! (Thursday, 1/30/14) at 8 PM

Location: Kimmel 802

NYU TASS: 1st Spring General Meeting

NYU’s Taiwanese American Student Society will be holding their first general meeting of the Spring semester tonight. It will be a great opportunity to meet the current members and of course grab some free food (and bubble tea!) and play fun games.

Date and Time: TONIGHT! (Thursday, 1/30/14) from 6-8 PM

Location: Kimmel 914

If you’re busy tonight, there are plenty of events happening in the rest of the city this weekend.

Lincoln Center Chinese New Year Dance Event

Come out for this outdoor event (brave the cold) and join the New York Philharmonic in their celebration of the Lunar New Year. There will be the traditional Dragon Dance performed by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and a Mongolian folk dance-inspired piece put on by the National Dance Institute. 

Date and Time: Saturday, February 1 from 3-6 PM

Location: Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza (Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th Street)

Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Finish off your weekend in Chinatown (downtown Manhattan) and join the rest of the community in one last hoorah for the Lunar New Year. There will be tons of people, more Dragon Dancing, and numerous other performances traveling with the parade.

Data and Time: Sunday, February 2 starting at 1 PM

Location: The parade will begin in Little Italy at Hester Street and Mott Street and ends at Forsyth Street and Broome Street

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Lunar New Year! 新年快乐!!

Wednesday Jan 1

Happy 2014! Thank You for 2013.

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A warm wish for a happy 2014 from Evelyn and Cat, Generasian’s editor-in-chief and editor-at-large, respectively, and the rest of our staff! 

These past few years, we at Generasian have managed to accomplish incredible things—all with the love and support of you readers. Coming back from a hiatus is never easy for any publication, and though NYU has a healthy, growing population of Asian and Asian American students, our beginnings were modest. We went from a gathering of fewer than 10 to a dedicated organization of more than 30 officers and general staff, and countless supporters online. When our founders and resurrectors first brought us back nearly three years ago, they blazed forward with a vision. Our successive editor-in-chiefs took that vision and made it their own, hand-crafting Generasian into what we are today. This year, Evelyn and I (Cat) have been charged with taking up the mantle and really defining what Generasian is and hopes to be. 

Our generation of Asian Americans has taken the impetus from the leaders of our past and infused it with our own passion and energy, truly taking the world by storm. We have a voice that will not be quieted, a mark that will be made, a potential to take a stand for what we believe in. So as the representatives for Generasian this year, we urge you all to let your voice be heard. 

We have a big dream, Evelyn and I. The unofficial hub of Asian American interests lies across the US, seated firmly in California. Wong Fu Productions, Angry Asian Man, and many other Asian American media superstars and voices hail from The Golden State. But we here in New York, on the East Coast, have a lot to say as well. Though the internet and social media draw the world in ever tighter, even blurring state lines, Generasian seeks to be an integral gear in the machinery for Asian American representation on this side of the United States.

Though our physical magazine can really only be picked up at NYU, our audience spans the globe, and we know that—that’s why we’ve put our magazine on the web for everyone to peruse and enjoy. To our magazine and blog readers, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for liking, for reposting, for subscribing, for commenting—for participating in the open discussion of our futures.

Thank you for making 2013 unforgettable. Here’s to making 2014 equally as memorable. Happy New Year, everyone.

Forever yours,

NYU Generasian

Evelyn & Cat