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108-year-old Japanese American silent film found in NY museum to be preserved

  • Denise Khor, associate professor of Asian American and visual studies at Northeastern University, has been tasked to preserve a 108-year-old Japanese American silent film thought to be lost in the archives of a museum in New York.
  • The only surviving copy of the 1914 silent film “The Oath of the Sword” was reportedly tucked away in the archives of the Rochester-based museum.
  • Khor, in partnership with George Eastman Museum and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, received a grant in 2021 from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve “The Oath of the Sword.”
  • Khor said representation in the film is reminiscent of representation we see in the media today.

A Northeastern University professor has been tasked to preserve a 108-year-old Japanese American silent film thought to be lost in the archives of a museum in New York.

Denise Khor, associate professor of Asian American and visual studies at Northeastern University, received an email about the film from George Eastman Museum while doing research for her book “Transpacific Convergences: Race, Migration, and Japanese American Film Culture before World War II” in 2016.

A BTS-inspired exhibit is now open at the oldest museum in the Philippines

  • The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Museum – the oldest museum in the Philippines – has launched an exhibit inspired by K-pop boy group BTS so that ARMY can go “Namjooning.”
  • “UST Goes Namjooning: Capturing Moments on Campus” highlights both the university campus and BTS with photos, merchandise and games.
  • “Namjooning” is a term that was coined by BTS leader RM – whose birth name is Nam-joon – after a fan asked him on Weverse about his summer vacation plans back in 2019.

ARMY can now go “Namjooning” at an exhibit inspired by K-pop boy group BTS at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Museum, the oldest museum in the Philippines.   

According to its website, the museum was established in 1869 to comply with a Philippine law that required “first class colleges” to have natural history museums. 

Cambodia’s 1,500-year-old Krishna statue showcased in National Museum of Asian Art virtual experience

Cambodia 1,500-year-old krishna statute
  • An immersive experience featuring the newly restored, 1,500-year-old Cambodian stone sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan” is currently on display at the National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA).
  • Restoration of the statue was undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s conservation specialists with permission from the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • Apart from the newly-restored Krishna’s unveiling, the exhibit is also integrating an interactive design that employs art, virtual tours and immersive video installations to tell the sculpture’s story.
  • The exhibition also includes the showing of an original short film called “Satook” by renowned Cambodian American filmmaker PraCh Ly.
  • “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” can be viewed from April 30 to  Sept. 18, 2022.

The National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA) is currently hosting a focus exhibition featuring the newly restored, 1,500-year-old Cambodian stone sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan.” 

“Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,” which can be viewed from April 30 to  Sept. 18, 2022, presents the story and context behind the restoration undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art conservation specialists. 

Rep. Grace Meng pushes bill to create first National Asian American Museum in US

Grace Meng

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has called for a vote on a bill that would pave the way for the creation of the country’s first national museum dedicated to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

What it’s about: The legislation, which Meng first introduced in 2017, will examine the possibility of creating a national museum that preserves the history, culture and accomplishments of AAPIs. It is officially titled “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act.”

Cambodia wants the Met to return dozens of Khmer Empire relics looted during the country’s wartime

Cambodian artifacts

Cambodia is demanding an explanation from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on how relics from the Khmer Empire ended up in its possession. 

Recovering stolen treasures: Cambodian authorities are focused on 45 items that they believe were looted from the country during war and then acquired by the museum between 1977 and 2003, The New York Times reported.

Crowds gather to protest gentrification, mass incarceration as Museum of Chinese in America reopens

A museum in New York City’s Chinatown that recently reopened after its archives were damaged by a fire last year is now facing more heat as protestors gather to boycott the institution. 

The protest: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) reopened on Wednesday, since shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to a crowd of protestors accusing the institution of supporting mass incarceration and gentrification, reported Hyperallergenic