The Korean Program presents: The Bacchus Lady
A Special Screening and Q&A with Director E J-‐yong
Friday, April 7, 2017
Reception: 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Screening: 7:00-9:30 P.M.
International Center 115
Free and Open to the Public
Synopsis: So-‐young makes a meager living by selling
herself to old men. She is a “Bacchus lady”, an elderly
prostitute who approaches potential clients with a
bottle of the popular Korean energy drink Bacchus and
the phrase “Care for a drink?” As a young woman, she
used to sell herself to American soldiers. Perhaps driven
by the painful memory of giving up her half-‐black infant
son for adoption, she is unable to ignore the
motherless Korean-‐Filipino child she meets while
visiting the hospital. Despite help from her social
outcast neighbors like Madame Tina, her transgender
landlady, or Do-‐hoon, a poor young man with a
prosthetic leg, she struggles to care for the child. One
day, Jae-‐woo, a former client, informs her that Song,
another regular, has been hospitalized following a
stroke. She visits the hospital to discover the man
completely paralyzed. Song begs her to end his life, a
request that causes her both bewilderment and dismay.
This film contains adult content and themes. Viewer discretion is advised.
A five-stop tour with events at:
Penn State University (April 1)
Ohio State University (April 3)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (April 5)
University of Minnesota (April 6)
Michigan State University (April 7)
In collaboration with OSU’s Institute of Korean Studies, the film screening at Michigan State University is made
possible by the Korea Foundation, the Korea International Trade Association, the Asian Studies Center and
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU.
Decalage Horaire/Jet Lag (Danièle Thompson, 2003)
Presented by Safoi Babana-Hampton
After being stranded at an airport, a beautician (Juliette Binoche) and a businessman (Jean Reno) share a hotel room in Paris.
RENEE MUSSAI / OCTOBER 25 / 107 S KEDZIE / 6PM
London-based curator, writer, and art historian, Renée Mussai is Curator and head of Archive at Autograph ABP, an arts charity that works internationally in photography and film, addressing themes of cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.
TITUS KAPHAR / NOVEMBER 5 / MSU Union Ball Room /6PM
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Titus Kaphar lives and works on the east coast. Kaphar’s
mixed media work, speaks to the most vital discussions happening around race,
diversity, and reconciliation in the U.S. Kaphar exposes how all depictions, no matter
how personal or grandiose, are always fictional, imperfect, and capable of being
remade. He is the distinguished recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence
Fellowship as well as the 2015 Creative Capital Award and 2016 Rauschenberg Artist
as Activist Fellowship.
For more information about Titus Kaphar, please visit:
DR QIANA WHITTED / FEBRUARY 23 / MSU LIBRARY BEAL ROOM / 12PM
Dr. Qiana Whitted teaches at USC, her research focuses on African-American literary studies and American comic books. Her most recently published articles and book chapters explore race, genre, and comics in representations of historical figures such as Nat Turner, Stagger Lee, and Emmett Till. Her forthcoming book on race and social protest in 1950s EC comics will be published in 2019. Whitted is the 2019 Comics Forum Scholar Keynote Speaker.
“A Visionary New Build: The Department of African American and African Studies”
Presented by Tamura Lomax, Ph.D., and Ruth Nicole Brown, Ph.D., of the Department of African American and African Studies
Description: In this episode of Conversations with CAL, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown and Dr. Tamura Lomax reveal their experiences joining MSU during a global pandemic and discuss the visionary new build of the Department of African American and African Studies.
RSVP LINK: https://msu.zoom.us/s/96416030134