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Asian Union

Founded by students, our motivation comes from “the urgency to take measures against the limitations coming from the misconceptions of Asian cultures in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie & Sandberg Instituut”. To take our first actions, we would like to introduce artists from a broader range of Asian cultures and backgrounds. This aim comes from a pure will to integrate artists of diversities and to broaden the repetitive names and works encountered in our institutions. Though a fragile step, it is our intention to acquaint each other of the boundless possibilities of these works without the imposed lense of cultural difference and exoticism.

Past
Asian Union
Thu
1 Feb
2024
Dark Edition Coffee x Sandberg Instituut

Surprise pop-up! Dark Edition Coffee will return in koffie kar for the Open Day at Sandberg Institute.
Dark Edition is a café and roaster based in Seoul, ROK. Receiving blue ribbon (Michelin-like system in Korea) for three consecutive years, they are visiting Amsterdam for a collaboration pop ups, initiated by Zip.

Asian Union
Sun
17 Dec
2023
WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE ( ZIP FILM FESTIVAL)

Come watch Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Where is the friend’s house’ December 17th and 20th @ Filmtheater De Uitkijk, Prinsengracht 452, 1017 KE Amsterdam

Asian Union
Sat
16 Dec
2023
SOUP AND IDEOLOGY (ZIP FILM FESTIVAL)

Come watch Yang Yong-hi’s ‘soup and ideology’ on December 16th and 23rd! @ Filmtheater De Uitkijk, Prinsengracht 452, 1017 KE Amsterdam.

Asian Union
Fri
15 Dec
2023
REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (ZIP FILM FESTIVAL)

Come watch Tsai Ming-liang’s ‘rebels of the neon god’ on December 15th and 19th @ Filmtheater De Uitkijk, Prinsengracht 452, 1017 KE Amsterdam.

Asian Union
Thu
14 Dec
2023
FORGETTING VIETNAM - ENG SUBS (ZIP FILM FESTIVAL)

Zip (formerly Asian Union) teams up with Filmtheater De Uitkijk for a diverse and exciting film program from 14-23rd of December. Under the theme of “home” and “time”. Come watch Trinh T. Minh-ha’s ‘ Forgetting Vietnam’ on December 14 & 20!

Asian Union
Sat
25 Nov
2023
Zip'23 festival

Zip'23: A Fusion of Culture and Music, Exploring 'Home and HEAT.' Join us for the Music Event and Film Screenings.

Asian Union
Mon
15 May
2023
Folklores, legends and ghosts - Ripples of Asian Imagery

With Jun Zhang, Kim Kokosky Deforchaux, Qiaochu Guo & May Adadol Ingawanij.

Asian Union
Thu
26 Jan
2023
2o_23 lunar 2o_23

2023 lunar new year party!

Asian Union
Fri
11 Nov
2022
Check-in #1

On 16:00 Friday 11th NOV, The Asian Union will meet through a zoom meeting:

Asian Union
Sun
3 Jul
2022
Publication Open Call

The Asian Union invites members of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut community to be part of our first publication.

Asian Union
Fri
29 Apr
2022
Sleeping in 7€, Waking up in 9320₩

20:00 - 00:30 @ NEVERNEVERLAND

Asian Union
Thu
29 Apr
2021
Blue Moon, Opera-performance

Time: 17:00, 17:45
Location: Project Space 1 / See google docs

Asian Union
Thu
11 Mar
2021
Free Tarot

Jae did tarot reading for several friends and they told him that it’s a good time to talk about their own story and unique experience with someone who carefully listens. With beautiful pictures and randomness in which to pick up the cards, You could take a journey to discover secrets, dream the future, and find yourself.

You can sign up in the form below (please put your name, department, e-mail) and Jae will send to each of you the space and the dossier. Please come to space at an exact time. Limited to 12 people, so sign up asap for your own slot! Jae will wait with a cup of tea and a wicked pack of cards.

Asian Union
Thu
11 Mar
2021
Make a Dumpling Wish

The dumpling delivery made by Jae, Wei and Tao, will be launched on 11th March. Inspired by the night market, a cart made in wood, and with lights will become a moving booth crossing in the campus like a generator of care and breeze, an atmosphere to merge in relaxation, hopefully will break the restriction smoothly.

You can sign up in the form below (please put your name, department, location, floor in it, we will summarize and confirm the time slots, send back by email later) and pick up one box (max.5) of Jiaozi, more info on the way. We have a limitation to maximum 100 people so sign up asap for your own Jiaozi!

Asian Union
Fri
2 Oct
2020
OTR

We are going to be live on OTR on this Friday <3
Reading and sharing thoughts on <The melancholy of race> by Anne Anlin Cheng. Stay tuned, Stay home, Stay safe.

Asian Union
Mon
4 May
2020
Lunar New Year celebration

* 2o_20 lunar 2o_20 * //

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WHY BE

Hakiim

Date: 1 February 2020
Time: 22:00 - 03:00

Location: OT301

Main Organizer: The Asian Union GRA

Co-host: NNN (Non Native Native)

Kindly supported by the Student Council GRA and AFK(Amsterdams Fond voor de Kunst)

Asian Union
Mon
17 Jun
2019
Digitizing Race

Asian Union's first public event: to organise a platform and invite guests to present and talk about their works and gather a conversation through a round table talk between the invited guests.

Founding year

2018

Further information
Contact
Keywords

asian diaspora, student support, decolonisation

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REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (ZIP FILM FESTIVAL)
Fri
15 Dec
— 19 Dec 2023

Come watch Tsai Ming-liang’s ‘rebels of the neon god’ on December 15th and 19th @ Filmtheater De Uitkijk, Prinsengracht 452, 1017 KE Amsterdam.

Tickets: https://www.uitkijk.nl/

At first glance, things seem to be going well in Taiwan in 1992. The economy is rapidly advancing, and the population is wealthier than ever before. However, nihilism is lurking. Young people don't know what to do with themselves and wander aimlessly in the streets. This includes Hsiao Kang and Ah Tze, both trying to cope in their own ways with the meaninglessness of their existence. Hsiao Kang is kicked out of his parents' home when he fails his exams, while Ah Tze rides his motorbike through Taipei and commits thefts. When the paths of the boys intersect, it has a significant impact on their lives.

Rebels of the Neon God is a poignant allegory of coming of age in a city where everything seems possible but nothing is worth the effort. The billboards beckon to the young men, but human connection has never seemed more distant. In long, lingering shots, director Tsai Ming-liang captures how the lives of the boys intersect; there is admiration, attraction, and aggression, and the homoerotic undertone is unmistakable. What will become of these boys?

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