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Live-stream screening followed by Q&A with actors Jojo Gonzalez and Ron Domingo, and dramaturge/translator Dr. Joi Barrios-Leblanc (UC Berkeley)

Thursday, June 4, 2020
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Zoom Live Stream

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Set in the central valleys of California in the 1930s and based on a short story by Carlos Bulosan, the play focuses on Magno Rubio, an illiterate Filipino farm worker and his pen-pal courtship with Clarabelle, a white woman from Arkansas who advertises in the back pages of a “lonely hearts” magazine. Believing he’s found the woman of his dreams, Magno fantasizes about their life together, only to soon realize that reality and dreams do not always align.

"The Romance of Magno Rubio" was filmed in July 2003 by Francisco Aliwalas at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila before a live audience for the Sangandaan Festival. Presented with support from the Asian Cultural Council.

Organized by Professors Christine Balance (Cornell University) and Lucy Burns (UCLA).

Sponsored by Cornell Southeast Asia Program, UCLA Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Cornell Department of Asian American Studies.

Co-sponsors include SF State Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), UC Davis Bulosan Center for Filpino Studies, Bridge + Delta Publishing, UCLA's Vietnamese Student Association.

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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department