The event is spearheaded by Amy Stillman and Susan Najita, who are both Asian/Pacific Islander Studies Program professors at the University.
“There is, to this day, a core of native Hawaiian knowledge and cultural practices and ways of being that have persisted,” Stillman said. “These two artists are two of the most consummate exemplars of a truly indigenous way of being in the 21st century.”
Kekuhi and Kaumakaiwa’s music style is a showcase of what native Hawaiian artists are about. Featuring dramatic melodies, passionate lyrics and ancient ‘oli chants, Stillman and Najita are confident that the concert will be worth seeing, even for those with little knowledge of Hawaiian culture.
“You are transported into a different reality (during their concerts),” Najita said. “People go to the movies for that.”
Directly translated, “makawalu” means “eight eyes” and encourages people to develop multiple perspectives.'Makawalu' to infuse Ann Arbor with Hawaiian culture, spirit - The Michigan Daily
WHAT IS MISS SAIGON? WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?
The musical Miss Saigon is launching in Minneapolis and several other cities, and the London re-staging broke the record for West End box office ticket sales, making 4.4 million pounds in one day. Many defenders of Miss Saigon, a play written by two white men based on a photograph they saw, insist that the play is “truthful” and “historically accurate.” What is especially problematic is that Miss Saigon is the longest running and most enduring pop culture representation of Vietnamese people in the Western world – and to a certain extent and by extension of racism, it presents a narrow lens through which all Asians are viewed.Don't Buy Miss Saigon
While we recognize that there are many truths, we also see that institutional racism, sexism, and colonization continually reinforce shallow stereotypes of people of color, and the ‘truths’ that are most often lauded and supported are exploitative works that reproduce and validate harmful power structures and chauvinism that ultimately harms the people they claim to portray. Miss Saigon is such a spectacle: a big budget ode to colonialism that romanticizes war and human trafficking.
MI Response To Hate: 2013A Conference Presented by The Michigan Alliance Against Hate CrimesMI Response To Hate: | Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes
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November 22, 2013MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
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