Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu

University of Leeds news and media call (For immediate release: 01/06/16)
Global theatre collaboration celebrates Shakespeare and his Chinese counterpart

This year marks not only 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, but also that of the great Ming dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu.

dreamingWilliam Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu: Celebrating a 400 Year Legacy, is a unique global collaboration organised by the University of Leeds to create a new stage production to commemorate both anniversaries, featuring university students from both the UK and China.

Working around the common theme of dreams, students in Beijing and Yorkshire have been simultaneously rehearsing on opposite sides of the globe and will come together this summer for back-to-back performances of contemporary adaptions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tang’s Nanke-ji (A Dream Under the Southern Bough) in Leeds (where it will premiere in late July), at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and major cities in China including Fuzhou – Tang’s birthplace.

This event will be a chance to see an open rehearsal for the Yorkshire half of the performance, with UK students preparing DREAMING Under the Southern Bough, an adaption of Tang Xianzu’s play. Continue reading

Yang Jiang lecture

Yang Jiang Lecture at the Chinese Literature Translation Archive at the University of Oklahoma Library

Last year the University of Oklahoma Chinese Literature Translation Archive (https://libraries.ou.edu/content/cltarchive)  hosted its first visiting scholar lecture on the topic of Howard Goldblatt’s translation of Yang Jiang’s short novel” Six Chapters from My Life Down Under.” The talk by Helen Xu of Nanjing Normal University reveals just a taste of what is possible when scholars have access to the papers of translators. The Archive (which has collected the papers of Howard Goldblatt and Wolfgang Kubin and includes significant portion of Wai-lim Yip’s papers) will soon officially announce its latest major acquisition: the scholarly library of Arthur Waley. Here is a link to Professor Xu’s lecture hosted on Youku with subtitles:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTM1NzEwNzc3Ng==.html?from=y1.7-1.2

Jonathan Stalling <stalling@ou.edu>

Chinese Studies Research Group, Feb. 6

Yesterday, when I posted the message below I inadvertently put the incorrect date of Feb. 2 in the subject line. It should have read Feb. 6. Here’s the posting again in full.–Kirk

Please join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016, for the next meeting of the Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area).  This group is designed to create a sense of community among scholars of Chinese Studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our meetings are an opportunity to hear and discuss interesting research in progress from one faculty member and one doctoral candidate and to network with people with similar interests.

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., University of San Francisco, University Center 402/403 (UC 402/403)

Faculty Presentation

Chia-ju Chang (張嘉如), Ph.D., Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies, USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies (Spring 2016); Associate Professor of Chinese, Modern Languages and Literatures, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York

Slow Violence and its Effect: Cinematic Micro-shock and Scott Chi’s Poisoned Sky

After defining what slow violence is, Rob Nixon asks, “How can we devise arresting stories, images, and symbols that capture the pervasive but elusive effects of slow violence?” In this talk, I turn to “strange weather” as an example of slow violence and examine the cinematic representation of its psychological impact using Scott Chi’s Poisoned Sky as a case study to show how a “micro-shock” approach can best capture the invisible traumatic affect the heavily poisoned sky exacts on the people. Continue reading

Chinese Studies Research Group, Feb. 6

Please join us on Saturday, February 6, 2016, for the next meeting of the Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area).  This group is designed to create a sense of community among scholars of Chinese Studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our meetings are an opportunity to hear and discuss interesting research in progress from one faculty member and one doctoral candidate and to network with people with similar interests.

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., University of San Francisco, University Center 402/403 (UC 402/403)

Faculty Presentation

Chia-ju Chang (張嘉如), Ph.D., Kiriyama Professor for Asia Pacific Studies, USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies (Spring 2016); Associate Professor of Chinese, Modern Languages and Literatures, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York

Slow Violence and its Effect: Cinematic Micro-shock and Scott Chi’s Poisoned Sky

After defining what slow violence is, Rob Nixon asks, “How can we devise arresting stories, images, and symbols that capture the pervasive but elusive effects of slow violence?” In this talk, I turn to “strange weather” as an example of slow violence and examine the cinematic representation of its psychological impact using Scott Chi’s Poisoned Sky as a case study to show how a “micro-shock” approach can best capture the invisible traumatic affect the heavily poisoned sky exacts on the people. Continue reading

Four Short Stories from China event

“That Damned Thing She Said”: 4 short stories from China
Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World
Read Paper Republic in partnership with Free Word
Mon 14 Mar 2016, 6:45pm
Free Word Lecture Theatre
https://www.freewordcentre.com/info/visiting-us/

With International Women’s Day (8 March) in mind, Read Paper Republic has selected 4 short stories from China that focus on highly-charged issues such as sexual freedom, political disappearances, “left-over” women, and compromising situations. A woman trapped in a loveless marriage has an awkward, but ultimately empowering, one-night stand. A wife comes home to find her husband has disappeared, or rather “been disappeared”. The colleagues of a career woman apply their engineering expertise to the intractable problem of finding her a worthy husband. A young woman refuses to sleep with her boss, with catastrophic consequences for her family. Continue reading