Jon Jang: My America (or honk if you love Buddha), Screening

16 January 2018 04:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Location: Franz Hall, Room 2258A, Portola Plaza 502, Los Angeles, California, United States
Category: Department of Ethnomusicology

Jon Jang: My America (or honk if you love Buddha)
Film Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, January 16, 4pm
Room 2258A, Franz Hall, UCLA
Free Admission

An award-winner at the Sundance Film Festival, “My America (or honk if you love Buddha)” is an Asian American road odyssey set amidst a subculture of old school rappers, debutantes and freedom fighters. Twenty years after the film’s premiere, composer Jon Jang and writer-director Renee Tajima-Peña will reunite for a screening and conversation, with ethnomusicologist Kim Nguyen Tran, to discuss the hybrid cultural influences of the film and its music.

Jon Jang is a resident artist in the Department of Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Jang is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, is active in the Asian American jazz movement, and specializes in music which combines elements of jazz, classical, and Asian genres.

Kim Nguyen Tran received her PhD in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in 2017. She is interested in the intersection between performing arts and politics. She teaches in the UCLA Departments of Asian American Studies and Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Glendale Community College Music Department.

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award and Emmy-nominated lmmaker, whose credits include Who Killed Vincent Chin? and No Más Bebés. She is a professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA, where she teaches social documentary.

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