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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Maborosi'

Posted on: March 12, 2018

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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Maborosi' March 13

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Maborosi, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).

Maborosi movie poster featuring a woman in the foreground with the word 'Maborosi' stretched across the bottom of the posterMaborosi, Kore-eda Hirokazu's first feature, has gained a reputation as one of the greatest films of the 1990s. Employing an austere yet beautiful visual style, Kore-eda tells the story of a young woman navigating a new life in a new town while trying to come to terms with unresolved issues from the past that threaten to undo her present happiness.

Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Maborosi will be preceded by an illustrated slide presentation about Kore-eda by film scholar Dr. Linda Ehrlich. Ehrlich has introduced films at the Guggenheim Museum, various universities in North America and Europe, and at the Japan Society in New York City. Her commentary appears on two internationally distributed DVDs and she has written three books and over fifty articles about world cinema.

Dr. Ehrich's presentation is made possible through generous support from Western Libraries, East Asian Studies, the Institute for Global Engagement, the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages, History, Art and Art History, and also the Pickford Film Center.

The remaining films for this year’s series includes Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Kuo-fu’s 2001 The Personals, and also another feature by Taiwanese director Edward Yang, Yi Yi.

For more information about this series, please contact

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The Art & Craft of Writing with Sunil Yapa

Posted on: March 6, 2018

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The Art and Craft of Writing with Sunil Yapa, March 10

Black and white photo of author Sunil YapaRenowned author Sunil Yapa will visit Whatcom County March 8-10, where he will be featured in five free events, including “The Art and Craft of Writing,” on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Western Libraries in the Wilson Library Reading Room. 

Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. This year’s title, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa, is set amid the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.

In the book, Victor is grief-stricken after his mother’s death and three years of wandering the world. Longing for a family and a sense of purpose, he believes he’s found both when he returns home to Seattle — until he gets swept up in a massive protest. With young, biracial Victor on one side of the barricades and his estranged father — the white chief of police — on the opposite, the day descends into chaos, capturing in its confusion the activists, police, bystanders, and citizens from around the world who arrived that morning brimming with hope. By the day’s end, they will have all committed acts they never thought possible.

Described as a fast-paced, raw, and absorbing story about conflict and compassion, Yapa pairs deep rage with deep humanity. He asks profound questions about the power of empathy in our hyper-connected modern world, about the limits of compassion, and how far we must go for family, for justice, and for love.

Please join Western Libraries and Whatcom READS to meet with Yapa, and to gain insight into the writing process, as well as tips and inspiration for writers of all levels. Questions about this event? Contact (360) 650-2613. For more information about additional Whatcom READS events, please see:

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Citations Why & How

Posted on: February 23, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Citations Why & How: A Research & Writing Studio Mini-Workshop

Two people at a table with a computer and some papers looking at a citation reference book.Having trouble with difficult online citations? Wondering how to cite a source within a source? Drop in to the Citation Mini-Workshops to learn the why and how of creating citations. Never be discouraged by a complex citation again! 

Stop by the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, (Haggard Hall 2nd Floor East) on any of the following dates/times:

  • Friday, March 2nd, 11:20am-11:50am 
  • Monday, March 5th, 3:20pm-3:50pm
  • Tuesday March 6th, 1:20pm-1:50pm


While it is true that any time is citation time in the Studio, you can also get some extra help with all of your citation needs during these sessions. Join us to learn some tips and tricks, or just drop in for one-on-one assistance. We can help you with APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or any other citation style. Questions about this workshop? Contact us at

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UndocuStudents: Our Untold Stories

Posted on: February 20, 2018

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UndocuStudents: Our Untold Stories

Western Libraries will host a student panel discussion, “The Journeys and Untold Stories of Western Washington University's Undocumented Students," on Thursday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library Room 164F).  

Please join us for the chance to hear first-hand some of the untold stories from members of the Blue Group, Western's undocumented student club, and to learn about how we at Western can better support undocumented students.

“My  life isn’t a movie, it’s a reality.” Those words come directly from Maria Dimas’ narrative, "America Was Never White," one of the many stories shared in the book, UndocuStudents: Our Untold Stories, written by students at Western and published by Western CEDAR.  During this event, panelists will share some of their own experiences and talk about their inspiration for this book.

Undocumented students face a number of pressures and stresses that are unique to their student experience because of their status. UndocuStudents: Our Untold Stories, is a collection of essays, poetry, photographs, and artwork created by members of the Blue Group.  

As the Blue Group has grown from just a few students meeting informally into an official Western Washington University Associated Students club, into an organization that is now widely recognized in their local community, members of the Blue Group increasingly receive requests to give presentations to help people understand their experiences as undocumented immigrants and students. Their book is one way these remarkable students are sharing their perspectives and insights with their community.

As stated in the introduction to the book:

“You may read or see a piece in this book that resonates strongly with you, that helps you realize you are not alone. Or you may read or see a piece that causes you to think about something from a new perspective, from a place that challenges you. Or you may read or see something that makes you want to learn even more, something that inspires you to seek out others in your own community whom you can connect with and find ways to support. All of these things are good, and we hope that in sharing these pieces of ourselves, others will feel supported and find ways of giving support.”

This event is sponsored by Western Libraries in collaboration with the Blue Group, whose mission is to provide undocumented students the opportunity to meet other undocumented students, find resources and services, and to build community.

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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Taipei Story'

Posted on: February 6, 2018

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"Taipei Story," February 13 @the Pickford Film Center

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Taipei Story, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).

Edward Yang's second feature, Taipei Story, was written by and stars the great Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien. Hou plays a former baseball player whose loyalty to tradition and to friends and family threatens to derail his plans for the future with partner Chin (played by pop singer Tsai Chin).

Employing an understated visual style, Yang crafts a mournful meditation on a changing world and how connections from our past help and hinder us as we try to keep pace.

Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Series curator and librarian from Western Washington University, Jeff Purdue, will introduce Taipei Story.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series.

This year’s remaining film series lineup includes Maborosi, the first feature by Kore-eda Hirokazu, which will screen in March in a newly restored print.  Later in the spring will bring Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Kuo-fu’s 2001 The Personals.  And there will also be one more feature by Taiwanese director Edward Yang: his last feature, Yi Yi.