Posts made in February, 2014

The Power of Community – March 2nd

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 in Dance, Indonesia, Music | 0 comments

The Power of Community – March 2nd

“THE POWER OF COMMUNITY” Documentary Celebration Party featuring an afternoon of Balinese Music & Dance with Gamelan Tunas Mekar Under the direction of Artist-in-Residence I Made Lasmawan with guest Balinese dancer Ni Ketut Marni Sunday, March 2nd | 1:00 – 3:00 PM The Mercury Cafe | 2199 California Street, Denver TICKETS: $5 General Admission, children 12 and under are FREE RSVP at: www.facebook.com/events/1409987759251641 Join Tunas Mekar at The Mercury Cafe for An Afternoon of Balinese Music & Dance and a celebration of the upcoming launch of our Indiegogo project “The Power of Community: Documenting 25 Years of an American Gamelan Ensemble”. Our project focuses on the group’s origins, history, longevity, challenges in maintaining an all volunteer community ensemble, and plans for the future as our journey passes to a new generation. Videotaping of interviews and research into historical documents and photos is already well underway. An important aspect of this transition is bringing our current members to Bali to introduce them to the energy that captivated our founding members in 1990 and for the current ensemble to experience the cohesion of studying and performing together in Bali. This experience will provide a deeper understanding of Balinese culture through performing at secular and sacred events, and by reconnecting with the group’s established Balinese community. Tunas Mekar is looking for public support in raising $95,000 toward this important project. Join us at this celebratory event where we will feature new and traditional instrumental pieces and dance pieces performed with the ensemble’s gamelan angklung instruments along with a screening of our campaign promotion video. We will also have on display historical photos, postcards and...

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Abenomics

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Business, International Trade, Japan | 0 comments

Is Abenomics Working? Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) welcomes Professor Edward J. Lincoln, renowned lecturer and expert on Japan Economics and Business, to Colorado! Friday, February 21, 11am – 1pm KPMG 8th floor conference room, downtown Denver (1225 17th Street) $15/JASC members; $25/non-members; RSVP here. Topic: Prime Minister Abe has been telling foreign audiences that “Japan is Back.”  Since becoming Prime Minister at the beginning of 2013 he has pursued a three-pronged economic recovery plan dubbed “Abenomics” that consists of monetary quantitative easing, fiscal stimulus, and further deregulation.  Over the past year, economic growth is up, the stock market is up, and deflation has abated.  And yet, it remains unclear how successful Abenomics will be in putting Japan back on a path of more robust economic growth.  Professor Edward Lincoln of George Washington University will discuss Abenomics and the evidence for and against its success. Speaker: Thanks to the efforts of our 2014 Education Committee Chairperson, Patricia Nelson, JASC is honored to host Professor Edward J. Lincoln for a lunchtime lecture in downtown Denver, CO. Professor Lincoln is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on the Japanese economy.  In addition, he is a professorial lecturer at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on the East Asian economies.  At Columbia, Professor Lincoln is also a Research Associate of the Center for the Japanese Economy and Business.   From 2006 to 2011, he was director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies and professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Professor Lincoln’s research interests include contemporary structure and change in the Japanese economy, East Asian economic integration, and U.S. economic policy toward Japan and East Asia.  He is the author of nine books and monographs, including Winners Without Losers: Why Americans Should Care More About Global Economic Policy (Cornell University Press, 2007), East Asian Economic Regionalism (The Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution, 2004), Arthritic Japan: The Slow Pace of Economic Reform (Brookings, 2001), and Troubled Times: U.S.-Japan Economic Relations in the 1990s (Brookings, 1998). An earlier book, Japan Facing Economic Maturity (Brookings, 1988) received the Masayoshi Ohira Award for outstanding books on the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier in his career, Professor Lincoln was a senior fellow at  both the Brookings Institution (1984-1993 and 1996-2001) and the Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2006).  In the mid-1990s, he served as Special Economic Advisor to Ambassador Walter Mondale at the American Embassy in Tokyo. Professor Lincoln received his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, his M.A. in both economics and East Asian Studies at Yale University, and his Ph.D. in economics also at Yale University. Special thanks: Funding to bring Professor Lincoln to Colorado is being provided by the National Association of Japan America...

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“Dust Storm” — tonight at History Colorado

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Art, Arts & Culture, Educational, Immigration, Japan, museums, Theatre | 0 comments

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending more than 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the west coast to 10 internment camps located in Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, inland California, and Colorado.  The decision was called “a military necessity,” but the Japanese Americans affected were not charged with crimes or even given judicial hearings. They were targeted because of widespread fear that people of Japanese descent were spies and loyal to Japan, though nearly 60% were American citizens. Tonight, Wed., February 19th, 7:00 PM, History Colorado is proud to partner with Theatre Esprit Asia to celebrate the Day of Remembrance, 71 years after Executive Order 9066 was signed, with a production of Rick Foster’s play “Dust Storm”. “Dust Storm” is a coming of age story about Seiji, a rebellious Japanese American youth interned during WWII. Journey through his eyes as he experiences the shock of forced relocation and imprisonment, to anger and violence, and finally from confused guilt to emerging insight. Using the art of Chiura Obata, also an interned US citizen and artist of international renown, this solo work relives a tragic period of American history through a powerful tale of hope and redemption. Tickets are $8.50 for History Colorado members and $10 for the general...

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Sonoda’s continues to serve sushi in Aurora

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Food | 0 comments

Restaurateur of Sonoda’s announces retirement. Master Sushi Chef Makoto Kawafune will continue to serve you in Aurora at 3108 So. Parker Rd. (303-337-3800).  Read Kenny Sonoda’s letter at www.sonodassushi.com.  #AuroraAsian

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I Go On Singing – Paul Robeson’s Life

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

In honor of Black History Month — The Aurora Fox and GranDesign, Inc. present — Anthony Brown performing LIVE — “I GO ON SINGING” —  Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs —  by Andrew Flack | Directed by donnie I. betts — February 28 – March 9 Tickets:  $26/adults | $22/students and seniors — The Aurora Fox Arts Center | (303) 739-1970 | www.AuroraFox.org — See announcement… for times, description and...

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