Media Alert: April 2019 Events at Asia Society Texas Center

Beyond Sacred

Adam Nadel

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HOUSTON, March 26, 2019 — Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) is pleased to welcome Ping Chong + Company to present the regional premiere of Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity for two performances, April 5 and April 6.

Featuring five non-actors weaving together their own true stories into a powerful narrative, Beyond Sacred illuminates the daily experiences of young Muslim Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society in New York City, and who are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims. Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process as part of Ping Chong + Company’s Undesirable Elements series of oral history theater works exploring the effects of history, culture, and ethnicity on the lives of individuals in a community.


Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

In Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity, five young Americans weave together their own distinct stories of growing up Muslim in a post-9/11 society in New York City. An interview-based theater production featuring non-actors, Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process as part of Ping Chong + Company's Undesirable Elements series.

"Probing and persuasive" (The New York Times), this production of Beyond Sacred makes its regional debut at Asia Society Texas Center.

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When: TWO SHOWTIMES: Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $20 ASTC Members, $30 Nonmembers


Artist Talk: The Legacy and Future of Korean Papermaking

Artist Aimee Lee discusses her work in hanji (Korean paper) as part of "The Magic of Korean Papermaking" Workshop at the Glassell School of Art. This presentation will describe how hanji is made in both Korea and the U.S., and how it is used for books, sculpture, jewelry, and artwork.

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When: Friday, April 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $5 ASTC Members, Students, and Seniors; $10 Nonmembers. Admission is included for those enrolled in the April 13–14 workshop.


Family Workshop: LEGO, STEM, and Inventions from Asia

In this family workshop, find out how Japan, China, and India paved the way for the origins of technologies like the electric car, robots, and rockets. Build, learn, and play while exploring the realms of STEM and having fun with specialized LEGO Technic models. This workshop is open to all kids ages 6–12; each ticket admits one child and one adult.

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When: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $15 ASTC Members (Includes one child and one adult), $20 Nonmembers (Includes one child and one adult)


The Magic of Korean Papermaking Workshop

In this process-based workshop, students learn to make one style of hanji (Korean paper), working together to prepare raw materials for sheet formation in the gadum tteugi method. This two-day class is ideal for those with papermaking experience and those interested in the history and folklore of hanji, but is open to all levels.

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When: Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd, 77006
Registration: $240 for the entire workshop. This fee also includes the lecture at ASTC on April 12


Mindfulness and Aging: The Link between Mind and Body

Join Asia Society Texas Center and AARP for this discussion on the link between mind and body in the context of health and aging and how mindfulness can improve healthy living, particularly among older populations.

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When: Thursday, April 23, 2019, 6–8 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $10 ASTC Members, $20 Nonmembers


Breakfast and Conversation with Dr. Michael Mandelbaum: The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth

In his new book, The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth, Professor Michael Mandelbaum, foreign policy expert and Professor Emeritus at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, describes how and why peace was established following the end of the Cold War before falling apart as three major countries began pursuing aggressive nationalist policies. A conversation with Professor Mandelbaum on The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth.

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When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8–9:30 a.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $15 ASTC Members, $25 Nonmembers


Vietnam Travelogue: A Journey through Food and Photography

Asia Society Texas Center invites you to explore the culture of Vietnam through an evening of food and photography. Join renowned Houston chef Nicole Routhier of Le Colonial and National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow for a conversation about their personal and professional experiences in Vietnam.

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When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: $15 ASTC Members, $25 Nonmembers


Ongoing Exhibitions

Super Sarap

Artists Mik GaspayJeanne F. JalandoniCharlene Tan, and O.M. France Viana revisit commonplace objects and food within Filipino cooking. Through sculpture, photography, and video, the artists elicit personal and collective memories and offer cultural connections that go beyond the Philippine diaspora.

The exhibition title, Super Sarap, fuses both English and Tagalog together, to hold multiple meanings. It can convey something that is extremely delicious, an expression of excitement and affirmation. It can also imply an exaggeration in terms of scale: something that is beyond, powerful, large, and exceeding the norm. In this exhibition, the artists play with these definitions and mutate symbols, making them both strange and familiar, challenging cultural norms associated with food.

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When: On view through July 21, 2019
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free


Looking Ahead

AsiaFest 2019

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at AsiaFest! An international bazaar, performances, arts and crafts, fusion cuisine, and live demonstrations await at Asia Society Texas Center's annual free festival. New this year, we invite guests to embark on an adventure through Asia, using our passport to explore different regions' traditions, cultures, and food!

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When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free


About Asia Society Texas Center

With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.


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