Paul McCarthy presents
talk and film presentation
at Alliance Fran็aise
On August 12, Alliance Fran็aise arranged “
Ugetsu - a classical Japanese story collection – Cinematized”, a talk
and Japanese film presentation by oriental study expert, Paul McCarthy.
During the presentation, Paul showed excerpts from the film, introducing and
commenting on it in English.
McCarthy presented the Japanese film “Ugetsu” and translated the
Japanese soundtrack into English.
Both the original eighteenth-century story collection and
the 1950’s film by director Mizoguchi Kenji are superb works of art. The
story collection focuses on tales of the supernatural: Mizoguchi preserves
that element, but adds reflections on issues of war and peace, and the
status of women. The presentation ran about 90 minutes.
The presentation was successful, as the over 20 people in
the audience stayed riveted to the presentation while Paul expounded about
the oriental culture that the film conveyed about Japan in the past,
especially their belief in the supernatural.
An American lecturer, Paul McCarthy is currently a
professor of Comparative Cultures at Surugadai University, Saitama, Japan.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English literature and Japanese
(double major) from the University of Minnesota in 1966, and finished his
PhD. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in
1975 (specializing in Japanese literature).
He has taught Japanese, English, and Comparative
Literature at universities in the US and Japan. He also translates novels,
short stories, and articles of Japanese novelists Tanizaki Jun’ inchiro
and Mishima Yukio. Currently he is working on a translation of a
cultural/historical work on the Horyuji (temple) in Nara, by Umehara.
Let’s go to Narisa’s saxophone concert
Mark your calendars for what could turn out to be one of
the year’s best events, the “Saxophone Obsession with Narisa” concert,
which is scheduled for Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Campus on September 20
at 5 p.m.
Narisa Cherdjareewattananan, who just received her Saxophone Grade 8
certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London (ABRSM),
will perform at Payap University on September 20 at 5 p.m.
Narisa Cherdjareewattananan, who just received her
Saxophone Grade 8 certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal School
of Music, London, UK (ABRSM), will perform at the E.C. court meeting room,
Concert proceeds will be donated to the Chiang Mai Public
Health Office anti-drug project. Organizers of the event anticipate the
program will encourage youths to avoid drugs and return to spending their
leisure time playing music.
Happy 43rd Birthday Adrian
If a chef invites you for his birthday, you go. And if an
Irish chef like Adrian O’Herlihy is the birthday kid who invites you,
you’d better make sure you go because everybody knows how much fun an
“Irish party” can be.
it a ‘lack of power’, his ‘old age’ or the ‘magic’ that made it
impossible for Adrian to blow out the candles? (Photo by Michael Vogt)
The Pub on Huay Kaew Road, where he celebrated his 43rd
birthday, was bursting with people, the food was delicious, and there was
enough to feed an entire army.
Chef Adrian used his skills to perfection and fed his
guests with everything but kebab, and people who have gotten to know him
during his time in Chiang Mai know that this had nothing to do with his time
in Saudi Arabia, but instead it was about the time he spent in a London
hotel. As a very young chef, they made him cook kebab for 7 straight months,
and this was a lifetime experience he does not wish to repeat - ever again.
left to right: No doubt about it: Wan, Marion, Rattana, Adrian and Narumon
had a jolly good time at the birthday party. (Photo by Michael Vogt)
Everybody knows that Chef Adrian spends 90% of his time
in the kitchen and the surroundings of the Amari Rincome Hotel, but one
wonders where he spends the final 10%, since more than 75% of the guests
So the impact he has made in Chiang Mai is not only
culinary but also shows that the social Irishman loves to be around friends.
Everybody at The Pub had a jolly good time, especially
with the never-ending fun provided by the ‘magic candles’ his staff put
on the huge birthday cake, which just did not want to stop burning.
Adrian, we all hope that you stay a long time in our
midst, that you never lose your sense of humor and are always as creative as
we have gotten to know you to be.