Mahjongg! How a Chinese Game Shaped Modern American Culture

Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.

How does mahjong, a Chinese board game, fit into the American historical landscape? In what ways has this game fostered the development of Jewish American and Chinese American identities across the country? Professor Annelise Heinz retraces a complex cultural journey. This talk follows the story of a game to explore how, in their daily lives, individuals create and experience cultural change. Presented by Annelise Heinz is assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. Please sign up to receive the link via 609-737-2610 or [email protected].

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Screening: Joy of Luck club (1993)

Thursday, May 5, 5:30 p.m.

Lawrence Head Office Branch

2751 Brunswick pike

Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648


Based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, this film follows the story of four longtime friends whose lives are filled with joy and sorrow, and shows how their experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold. for each of their children. R-rated. 139 mins.

Registration is mandatory.

Roundtable with Make Us Visible NJ on the new AAPI program

Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.:

Yayoi Kusama: The moment is imminent

Monday, May 16, 7 p.m.

At 92, contemporary Japanese painter and sculptor Yayoi Kusama is having a good time. Today, she is one of the most popular and recognizable artists in the world. His Infinite mirrors Immersive experience installations have taken the world by storm in the 21st century, but she has been creating dynamic and innovative art for decades. Her artistic practice is rooted in her lifelong fascination with the natural world, inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns and life cycles of plants and flowers. This talk will discuss his long and productive life and examine his extraordinary work. Presented by Janet Mandel. Ms. Mandel has taught in New Jersey public schools for 32 years, teaching students English, art history, and world languages ​​and cultures. Please sign up to receive the link via 609.737.2610 or [email protected]

Princeton Public Library Events

65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

609-924-9529 |

The library has developed a guide for the AANHPI (month AAPI):

AANHPI Movie Series on Friday Nights in May:

  • May 6: “Minari,” tells the story of a Korean-American family who moves to a farm in Arkansas in search of their own American dream. Rated PG-13. 1 hour 56 minutes.
  • May 13: In “India Sweets and Spices”, a student who moves away for the summer and comes across disappointments from her parents’ past that forces her to reconsider living with her traditional Indian family. Rated PG-13. 1h41.
  • May 20: “Yellow Rose,” set in rural Texas, follows a Filipina teenager who yearns to make her mark in the world of country music. Rated PG-13. 1 hour 34 minutes.
  • May 27: In “Beneath the Banyan Tree”, after her son’s imprisonment, a Chinese mother struggles to protect her family’s reputation and her son’s children while seeking refuge in the United States with her adult daughter. Rated R. 1 hour, 33 minutes.

Author discussions include:

  • Journalist Gideon Rachman discusses his new book, “The Age of the Strongman: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy around the World,” with historian Stanley N. Katz. (in person and virtual)

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