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

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