What I have learned living in Iowa is that no matter where you live, geography does not affect your musical taste. My older cousin Sizhao Wang, living in Xi’an, China, is an example of this. The 24 year-old has a bedroom full of posters of Usher. He has every CD, knows every song, and even took an airplane to see the live concert held in Beijing several years ago. But being 8,000 miles away means he has to wait a couple months to buy the CD, he can’t go to a concert very often, and he can’t buy a celebrity magazine to read the gossip. Yet with all these obstacles, my cousin still loves Usher.
Indian novelist Chandrahas Choudhury will present a lecture, “The Indian Novel as an Agent of History,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall.
“The Rise of Public Opinion in China,” an upcoming international conference at the UI, will bring together leading scholars and distinguished guest speakers Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013, on the University of Iowa campus.
In this three-part series for The Daily Iowan, UI international student from China Lu Shen shares her reflections on being an international student at the University of Iowa and in Iowa City.
Join the Caribbean Diaspora & Atlantic Studies Program for a conversation with Jamaican poet and former IWP resident Kwame Dawes on Monday October 14, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:20 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. Dawes will be talking about contemporary trends in Caribbean theater, among other topics.
The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is hosting two events this week, both free and open to the public. Please join us for “Phonotaxis: Singing the Songs of Interlanguage or 吟歌丽诗 (A Manifesto of Sorts)” and "Chinese in Three Voices” (A reading in English and Chinese).
One of Korea's most exciting and innovative poets, Jeongrye Choi, will present a poetry reading Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, from 4-5 p.m. at the Shambaugh House on the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets. This event is free and open to the public.
Public opinion is inevitably linked with political action and political change in 21st century America. But the connection between public opinion and mass political action—or even institutional change—is not limited to the U.S. or Western democracies. On the contrary, it is an increasingly important and influential factor globally. WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and an expert panel of guests will discuss the rise of public opinion in China on the next WorldCanvass. The live event takes place on Friday, October 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol Museum. No tickets are required and the public is invited to attend.
Recently, I watched a friend’s parent arrive on campus to help him move from one apartment to another. The scene made me recall my former life with my own parents, my family, and my hometown, Xi’an, China. It has been three years since I moved away from my home. Before I turned 18 years old, I never lived away from my family — my school was a mere five-minute drive from my home.
Recently, I got a phone call from one of my best friends since high school. She lives in China and attends university in Beijing. After our chat, I started thinking about the differences between college life for a Chinese student here and in China. As an international student, I love my life in Iowa City and the American opportunities I have to experience. Still, I embrace my Chinese roots.
Dan Ojwang of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, will present a public talk at the UI Monday, Sept. 30, on “Queering the Indian Ocean: Gender, Sexuality and Language in Recent East African Indian Writing.” The talk begins at 11:30 a.m. in Gerber Lounge, 304 English Philosophy Building.
The UI African Studies Program cordially invites the university community and the general public to an informal reception for this year’s African participants in the International Writing Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-6 p.m., in University Capitol Center 2780. Please invite your colleagues, students, friends of Africa, and lovers of literature.
In China, we order our dormitory food rather than choosing different kinds of food from a buffet. So American dormitory food is definitely more complex than Chinese. But the type of food is limited because only American options are available. I think it is better to add more types of food to the buffet, because more international students are coming here. Now, I’ve been here for three years and love everything about Iowa. But I am still on the journey to find different types of American food to eat.
Jacqueline Asiimwe, a social justice and political rights activist from Uganda, will give a presentation at the University of Iowa Monday, Sept. 23, on “The Black Monday Movement: Re-energizing the Fight Against Official Corruption in Uganda.” Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Board Room of the University Capitol Centre, Room 2390.
The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will continue its fall seminar series Friday, Sept. 20, will a presentation by Niraja Gopal Jayal on “Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Room 2390, University Capitol Centre.