Film: Wedding Banquet, 1993.


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Special Exhibition related event

When: May 2 2010 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery, Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Rd., Honolulu

Ang Lee's
award winning comedy about a Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese, and American's love
triangle; in English and Mandarin.

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Exhibition: The Golden Ceremony: Weddings in Asia
East-West Center Gallery
Honolulu, Hawai`i
April 11-June 13, 2010

Weddings are the pinnacle of celebration,
festivity, and happiness throughout Asia. People place a huge emphasis
on the rituals, processions, feasts, and gatherings associated with
these felicitous events in the human life cycle. More than an event
uniting two individuals, weddings are a social enactment reinforcing
community, family, and continuity. Imbued with both spiritual and
practical implications, the wedding events are central to the social
fabric and are intended to encourage the couple's fertility.

EWC exhibition focuses on garments/costumes, ritual objects, theatrical
and artistic representations of wedding events, and dowry items
including textiles and jewelry. The dowry items give us a unique entry
into understanding women's artistic expression because many of the
exquisite textiles in the exhibition were produced and designed by
women. Often this is a communal effort done by sisters, mothers, family,
and friends for the bride.

Due to the enormity of the region
with its wide diversity of ethnicities, religions, and sub-cultures, a
few representative cultures have been selected to represent East Asia,
South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia. In all regions, people
devote extraordinary resources, energy, and time to creating memorable
wedding celebrations.

This exhibition was created in honor of
the East-West Center's golden 50th anniversary celebration. Likewise,
many of the weddings found in Asia are festooned with golden textiles,
jewelry, and accoutrements. In order to underscore the symbolic union of
East and West, a number of photographs depict Asian weddings with
participants from both Asian and Western cultures.

The exhibited
artifacts and photographs depict wedding traditions from China, Japan,
Korea, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam,
Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and

Special events
In the EWC Gallery unless otherwise
indicated; admission free

Sunday May 16, 2:00- 3:00 pm
presentation: Cambodian Wedding Traditions, with slides and commentary
by Chhany Sak Humphrey, Associate Professor of Khmer Language; with
Cambodian  wedding costume demonstration.

Sunday, May 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Monsoon Wedding, 2001. Mira Nair's comedy /drama about a family's clash
in preparation for a large lavish Indian wedding; in English and Hindi.

Sunday, June 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Tuya's Wedding, China 2006; Wang Quanan's subtle and award winning film
about life on the steppes in Inner Mongolia. English Subtitles.

arts programs are supported by the Hawai`i Pacific Rim Society, Friends
of Hawai`i Charities, the Cooke Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation,
Jackie Chan Foundation USA, and generous contributors to the EWC
Foundation, including members of the EWC Arts `Ohana.

For further
information: 944-7584

East-West Center Gallery

John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner of
Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

Gallery hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00

Sundays: Noon-4:00 p.m.; Close Saturdays and holidays

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 944-7584