East Asia Visual Cultures Series

The East Asia Visual Cultures series, funded by EASC’s Department of Education Title VI grant, sponsors events related to East Asian arts, film, media, and popular culture. The series aims to bring together art and media industry experts, filmmakers, scholars, and the wider community. In years past, EASC has invited renowned film directors such as Li Yang (China), Feng Xiao Gang (China), Im Kwon-Taek (Korea), Iwai Shunji (Japan), and many others.

Past Events

Female Spirit Mediums and the Cult of "Uncle Ho" in Today's Vietnam with Prof. Hue-Tam Ho Tai

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A lecture with Prof. Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Harvard University discussing the dietifcation of Ho Chi Minh in Northern Vietnam and the gender-based social roles involved.

From Our Eyes: Community Media and Visual Ethnography in China
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
This event showcased three recent documentary films; a collaboratively produced short by art students and a Baiku Yao filmmaker, a feature-length documentary by a first-time Tibetan filmmaker, and a film about the resurgance of Ami cultural traditions and ethnic identity in Taiwan.

“Born With It” – A Film Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
A screening of "Born With It" a short film that follows the story of a 9-year-old Ghanina-Japanese boy, Keishuke. The film highlights the experience of mixed race individuals and their families in Japan. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.

Many Faces of K-pop Music Videos: Reflections of Broadway, Motown, and Revue

Thursday, November 19, 2015
A lecture with Prof. Suk-Young Kim, Santa Barbara discussing how K-pop music videos strategically create means to reach out to a wide range of global audiences through a comparative reading of the music video "Twinkle" by Taetiseo and the 1946 MGM film version of Ziegfeld Follies.

New Perspectives on the Cultural History of 1980s South Korea

Friday, November 6 - Saturday, November 7, 2015
A conference aimed at exploringe new critical perspectives on the cultural history of 1980s South Korea through a transnational intellectual dialogue among some of the most distinguished international experts on the period.

The Assassin: Screening and Q&A with HOU Hsiao Hsien
Friday, October 16, 2015
A screening and Q&A session with world-reknowned Director Hou, Hsiao-Hsien followed by a presentation of the Eisenstein Award to Director Hou.

Ideas of Asia in the Museum - An International Symposium
Friday-Saturday, January 23-24, 2015
A symposium to examine the collecting and display of Asian art in relation to different conceptualization of Asia that gained currency in the cultural and geopolitical milieu of the modern world.

Korean Shaman Performance and Screening
Friday-Sunday, January 16-18, 2015
A film screaning and exhibition featuring KIM Keum-hwa, a Korean shaman who was designated an "Important Intangible Cultural Property of Korea" in 1985. Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits is a dramatization of Ms. Kim's life and career during the changing environment in Korea and the shifting views on shamanism.

Mao Zedong and Qi Baishi Screening and Q&A with Mr. Tang Guoqiang
Thursday, November 6, 2014
A film screening to commenmorate the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong and the 150th birthday of Qi Baishi and Q&A session with celebrated actor, Tang Guoqiang.

2014 KSI/SCA Korean Film Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7, 2014
Two-day film festival showcasing cinema from and about North Korea, including film screenings and a panel discussion with directors, scholars and members of the film industry.

From Ground Zero to Degree Zero: Akira as Origin and Oblivion
January 22, 2014
Talk by Christopher Bolton, Associate Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College, exploring the limitations and strengths of manga and anime as media through a comparison of the animated film Akira with the manga the film was based on. 

2013 Korean Film Festival
March 1-2, 2013
Two-day film festival celebrating South Korean director, Choi Dong-hoon, including film screenings and a panel discussion with the director, scholars and members of the film industry.

Visions and Voices: Nikkatsu at 100
October 26-28, 2012
Three-day event in honor of the 100th anniversary of Japan's Nikkatsu Film Studio including screenings and discussions with filmmakers, scholars and critics on Nikkatsu’s enduring legacy in Japan and its historical place in the film world.

Voices of Mono-ha Artists: Contemporary Art in Japan, Circa 1970
February 24, 2012
Symposium featuring several artists of the Mono-ha art movement in Japan. Participants include artists Haraguchi Noriyuki, Koshimizu Susumu, Lee Ufan, Sekine Nobuo and Suga Kishio, as well as curators, art historians and scholars.

Sacred Striptease: A Rite of Renewal or Hadaka Matsuri
October 27, 2011
Screening of an original documentary film by Joseph R. Hawkins, Director of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC. The film, shot in Ichinobe, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, explores an example of a local hadaka matsuri, or "naked festival," a centuries-old Japanese ritual.

2011 USC Korean Film Festival
February 18-20, 2011
Film festival focusing on future directions in Korean cinema and screened six important modern Korean films in 35mm. The festival also featured a panel discussion with Soojin Hwang (KOFIC USA), Nam Lee (Chapman University), Hoonam Lee (Joonang Ilbo), Martin Kim (CJ Entertainment/CFV America), and moderator David James (USC).


  • East Asian Studies Center
  • 3454 Trousdale Parkway
  • College Administrative Services Building (CAS) 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154