Thursday, September 25, 1997

Beyond Asiaphilia by Valerie Soe

California College of the Arts

Hong Kong movie stars, beauty queens and strange uncles are some of the inhabitants of San Francisco Valerie Soe’s personal explorations of Asian American life and culture. The program will feature Valerie’s new, Beyond Asiaphilia, which is an homage to miscegenation, lust, and Hong Kong movies. The evening will also include several of Valerie’s earlier videos, followed by the Ringo Lam Hong Kong feature Full Contact, (1994) starring Chow Yun-Fat as a Harley-riding gang leader betrayed by his closest friends. Soe’s short, intimate videos use personal reflections, storytelling, pop culture icons such as Charlie Chan and Suzie Wong, and a sense of the absurd in everyday life to comment on topics such as interracial sex and images of Asian women in Hollywood films.