Wolf Warrior II: The Rise of China and Gender/Sexuality Politics

MCLC Resource Center is pleased to announce publication of “Wolf Warrior II: The Rise of China and Gender/Sexual Politics,” a compilation of short essays on the film Wolf Warrior II edited by Petrus Liu and Lisa Rofel. The essays appear below, but are best read online at: http://u.osu.edu/mclc/online-series/liu-rofel/.

Kirk Denton, MCLC editor

Wolf Warrior II:
The Rise of China and Gender/Sexual Politics

Compiled and edited by Petrus Liu and Lisa Rofel

Petrus Liu | Zairong Xiang | Lisa Rofel | María Viteri | Aisha Udochi | Yiping Cai | Paul Amar | Chih-ming Wang

MCLC Resource Center Publication (Copyright February 2018)

Petrus Liu and Lisa Rofel

This collection of essays originates from an international workshop called “China in the Global South: The Central Role of Gender and Sexuality,” convened by Lisa Rofel (UC Santa Cruz) and Huang Yingying (Renmin University of China) and held in Beijing from September 15 to 17, 2017. It continued a conversation that began with the first workshop on the same theme, held a year ago in Santa Cruz, that brought together a group of scholars, activists, and NGO workers to reflect on the impact of China’s rise on other countries in the Global South. With the country’s national “going out” policy (中国走出去), China has become the largest South-South cooperation provider, with investment in Latin America, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe. While China’s interactions with the Global South have been the subject of much attention and study, the issues of gender and sexuality have been largely ignored. The workshop asked experts from China, Africa, Latin America, and the US working on security, migration, environmental, economic, and social issues to collectively think about the role of gender and sexuality in China’s relationships with the Global South Collectively, the workshop brought together experts from China, Africa, Latin America, and the US who work on gender and sexuality, as well as on security, migration, environmental, economic, and social issues, to collectively think about the role of gender and sexuality in China’s relationships with the Global South. Continue reading

Environmental Humanities, China and Japan–cfp

“Environmental Humanities, China and Japan”
CFP: Roundtable at the Modern Language Association convention
Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019

This roundtable considers recent developments in the intersection of modern Chinese and Japanese studies and the environmental humanities, broadly defined. The roundtable is organized by the Modern and Contemporary Chinese forum and cosponsored by the Japanese since 1900 forum.

Please send a 300-word abstract, a short bibliography, and a short bio to Christopher K. Tong (christopherktong@gmail.com) by March 9, 2018. While MLA membership is not required at this stage, presenters will be asked to join the MLA as part of the proposal process.

Historical genres of the Chinese Nanyang–cfp

CFP: Historical Genres of the Chinese Nanyang (1650–1980)
MLA special session
Chicago, Jan. 3-6, 2019

We are seeking panelists for a 2019 MLA special session “Historical Genres of the Chinese Nanyang (1650-1980).” We are interested in papers that explore some of following questions:

What role does genre play in shaping the direction of Chinese-language historical narratives of Nanyang, the South Seas, or Southeast Asia, from premodern to modern times? How are Confucian and other regional traditions tapped into and appropriated in a discourse on a sea-oriented culture/nation? How does Chinese-language historiography of Southeast Asia evolve over time and space? What rhetoric is employed, what is the intention of such a narrative, and how does a Chinese-language historical account of the South Seas project an identity of an author, a community, a nation, or an empire? How is the South Seas narrated in different genres, i.e., fiction, various types of history, and poetry? What does this say about genres themselves?

Please send a 250-word paper abstract and a CV by March 10 to Yuanfei Wang yuanfeiw@uga.edu and Nicholas Y. H. Wong at nicwong@uchiago.edu for consideration.

Seeking scholarly advisor for In Memoriam: Liu Xiaobo

Layman Poupard Publishing seeks a scholarly advisor for a memorial entry on Liu Xiaobo to be included in the Contemporary Literary Criticism Yearbook 2017, which will be published by Gale in September.

Advisors will be asked to recommend previously published scholarly essays on Liu Xiaobo and to summarize critical trends on his work. They will also vet a 1500-word background essay and a primary works checklist.

Advisors will be credited in print and paid an honorarium. Academic affiliation is required.

Interested parties should contact Cindi Barton at  info@lpppub.com.

For more information about Layman Poupard Publishing and the Literature Criticism series visit http://www.lpppub.com.

Lo Ch’ing exhibition

The Poet’s Brush: Chinese Ink Paintings by Lo Ch’ing  
February 1 – March 17
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) presents an exhibition of paintings by Lo Ch’ing (羅青), a Taiwanese poet-painter working in contemporary ink art. The exhibition, curated by University of Maryland professor Jason Kuo, comprises 30 artworks and represents the artist’s first show in the United States in ten years. Critically acclaimed both in Taiwan and China for his painting and his poetry, Lo Ch’ing’s works have been shown internationally at venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Saatchi Gallery in London. Continue reading

Changpian no. 17

长篇 // Changpian // Longform

Welcome to the 17th edition of Changpian, a selection of feature and opinion writing in Chinese. With other resources devoted to the many interesting sound bites from Chinese social media, this newsletter focuses instead on some of the wealth of longer writing that is produced in Chinese, both in traditional news media and on platforms like WeChat.

Changpian includes any nonfiction writing, from stories and investigations to interviews and blog posts, that I found worth my time – and that you might like as well. It aims to be relevant to an understanding of Chinese society today, covering topics in and outside the news cycle.

The selection is put together by me, Tabitha Speelman, a Dutch journalist and researcher currently based in Leiden, The Netherlands. As always, feedback is very welcome (tabitha.speelman@gmail.com or @tabithaspeelman). Back issues can be found here. Continue reading

Made in China summer school 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the 2018 Made in China Summer School—’Chinese Labourscapes: Transregional Perspectives on Work and Rights’—which will be held in Florence, Italy, from 9 to 13 July.

This event will bring together leading scholars from all over the world for a series of presentations and discussions with students, trade unionists, and NGO activists. For an outline of the initiative and a list of confirmed speakers, please refer to this webpage.

Up to 30 participants will be admitted and applications can be submitted until 25 March through this online form.

No enrolment fee will be required to attend the Summer School, but participants will have to pay for their own transport, food, and accommodation. We have reserved rooms at the Summer School venue, and will be available to assist with all necessary booking arrangements. Additionally, up to four scholarships will be awarded to students to fully cover accommodation expenses.

If you have further inquiries, please contact us at micsummerschool@chinoiresie.info.

We hope you will help us circulate this announcement.

Best regards,

Ivan Franceshini (ivan.franceschini@anu.edu.au) and Nicholas Loubere

Shameless Africa skit in CCTV spring festival gala

Source: Sup China (2/16/18)
China’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala Included A Truly Shameless Africa Skit, Featuring Blackface
A lowlight from the most-watched program on the planet.
By Anthony Tao

We need to talk about that Africa skit. You know the one.

Let me say up front that it’s dangerous and somewhat irresponsible to analyze a Chinese production — particularly one intended solely for a Chinese audience, whose understanding of ethnicity and race is filtered through a complicated and unique culture and history — through a purely American lens. I’ve watched this skit carefully, and I can’t find any intent to offend. Which is to say, there’s no real need to call it racist.

But this skit is clearly offensive — to sensibility, to foreigners, to intelligence, to one’s self-respect. To theater. To creativity. It is condescending, and willfully so, making it all the more offensive. It is arrogant and tone-deaf and shallow. It’s hard not to be embarrassed. Continue reading

Review of Chinese sci-fi

Posted by: Chaohua Wang <sm.ca.wangchaohua@gmail.com>
Source: London Review of Books 40 No. 3 (2/8/18)
Even what doesn’t happen is epic
By Nick Richardson

  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
    Head of Zeus, 416 pp, £8.99, January 2016, ISBN 978 1 78497 157 1
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen
    Head of Zeus, 512 pp, £8.99, July 2016, ISBN 978 1 78497 161 8
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
    Head of Zeus, 724 pp, £8.99, May 2017, ISBN 978 1 78497 165 6
  • The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
    Head of Zeus, 447 pp, £8.99, October 2017, ISBN 978 1 78497 851 8
  • Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu
    Head of Zeus, 383 pp, £8.99, September 2017, ISBN 978 1 78669 278 8

Science fiction isn’t new to China, as Cixin Liu explains in Invisible Planets, an introduction to Chinese sci-fi by some of its most prominent authors, but good science fiction is. The first Chinese sci-fi tales appeared at the turn of the 20th century, written by intellectuals fascinated by Western technology. ‘At its birth,’ Cixin writes, science fiction ‘became a tool of propaganda for the Chinese who dreamed of a strong China free of colonial depredations’. One of the earliest stories was written by the scholar Liang Qichao, a leader of the failed Hundred Days’ Reform of 1898, and imagined a Shanghai World’s Fair, a dream that didn’t become a reality until 2010. Perhaps surprisingly, given the degree of idealistic fervour that followed Mao’s accession, very little utopian science fiction was produced under communism (in the Soviet Union there was plenty, at least initially). What little there was in China was written largely for children and intended to educate; it stuck to the near future and didn’t venture beyond Mars. By the 1980s Chinese authors had begun to write under the influence of Western science fiction, but their works were suppressed because they drew attention to the disparity in technological development between China and the West. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s, when Deng’s reforms began to bite, that Chinese science fiction experienced what Cixin calls a ‘renaissance’. Continue reading

China’s Leftover Women review (2)

I first became interested in the topic of Chinese leftover women in 2010, when the term was already common in China and had been reported on in English-language media. I am grateful for Leta Hong Fincher’s work on the subject and have cited it in articles that I wrote for Salon and Foreign Policy in 2012, after she and I had corresponded over the phone and email.

Since 2010, I have researched and written on the topic and have also raised awareness of it through creative means, including the Chaoji Shengnu cartoon series that was published starting in 2013, and a stage play called “The Leftover Monologues” that debuted in Beijing in 2014. When Leta’s book was released, I decided not to read it because I was working on the manuscript for my own book, and I chose to stay focused on the stories of the women whose lives I feature in it.

The topic of gender and dating dynamics is such a fascinating lens through which to understand modern China, and as is true of so many China stories, it is complex, nuanced, and benefits from multiple perspectives. I recognize Leta’s important contributions to the topic and the awareness she has raised for it. The women I interviewed led me to see things from a different perspective and I have relied on the work of other scholars, as referenced in my book, to relay their stories.My publisher stands with me as I say that ultimately, we are all rooting for the same women.

Roseann Lake <roseannlake@economist.com>

Ecologizing Taiwan–cfp

Ecologizing Taiwan: Nature, Society, Culture–Call for Papers
Co-edited by David Wang and Andrea Bachner

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies, cosponsored by the European Association of Taiwan Studies and Academia Sinica, is a principal outlet for the dissemination of cutting-edge research on Taiwan. We are currently inviting submissions for a special issue titled Ecologizing Taiwan: Nature, Society, Culture.

This special issue proposes Taiwan as a point of departure to situate ecological thought and think beyond contemporary bio- and eco-politics. Extending the definition of ecology to encompass social relations and human subjectivity as well as environmental concerns, we propose to put all we do, think, and feel about Taiwan in the context of the whole to which we belong: the human, nonhuman, and post-human Sinosphere as well as the earth. Continue reading

Polyamory in the PRC

Source: Sup China (2/13/18)
Polyamory In The PRC: A Brief History Of Sex And Swinging In Modern China
Article 301 of China’s 1997 Criminal Law bans “group licentiousness,” and has been used in the past to bust would-be swingers. But why?
By Robert Foyle Hunwick

Illustration by Katie Morton

It was women who brought down Ma Yaohai 马尧海. The older, nosier kind — not the ones he liked to watch having sex.

In 2010, the then-53-year-old bespectacled academic became the face of Chinese swinging when he was arrested for “group licentiousness.” Although one of 22 charged, it was Ma’s refusal to quietly roll over and plead guilty, coupled with his professorial status, that made him a cause célèbre; it was thusly revealed, to many in China, that orgies are technically illegal.

The case symbolized the division between an older, staunchly conservative establishment and its more progressive, post-Reform juniors, who take freewheeling, pluralistic runs at formerly forbidden fare. Continue reading

China’s Leftover Women review (1)

Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower by Roseann Lake

With regard to the above-referenced book — a review of which was posted yesterday on MCLC — I would like to draw attention to the fact that the author, Roseann Lake, appears to nowhere acknowledge in print how much her work and her text are indebted to Leta Hong-Fincher, whose 2014 book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China, Lake’s work closely parallels. Lake seems to poach upon the latter’s research, thematics, and acumen, while never citing Hong-Fincher as either source or inspiration. Since Hong-Fincher’s 2011 Ms. magazine article on “leftover women,” through to the publication of her book in 2014, Lake has been in contact with Hong-Fincher a number of times; Hong-Fincher even sent Lake an early summary of the book’s argument and research in the form of a paper written in 2012 for a Sociology conference. In addition, Lake has been at numerous of Hong-Fincher’s presentations in Beijing. In short, Lake was well aware of Hong-Fincher’s work and the thematics of Lake’s book are very similar to Hong-Fincher’s. And yet Lake has deliberately presented her work as unique and as uniquely her own.

This is very troubling. At the very least, Lake should acknowledge publicly the prior work upon which her narrative and analysis stand, and Norton, her publisher, should compel her to do so. As of 2/16, Norton has written to Hong-Fincher to acknowledge the problem and apologize. It is unclear what remedy will be pursued.

Rebecca Karl <karl.rebecca22@gmail.com>
New York University

RMMLA Chinese Lit and Film Since 1900–cfp

RMMLA Chinese Literature and Film Since 1900 — Call for Papers
October 4-6, 2018, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Theme: Reinventing Traditions: Media, Text, and Publics
We welcome paper proposals that address a range of critical issues related to the broad theme of “Reinventing Traditions: Media, Text, and Publics” in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, and culture at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Annual Convention.
Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural tradition and modernity
  • Digital technologies and cultures
  • Legacy media
  • Sinophone literature and cinema
  • Author, readership, audience, and publics
  • Audios and sound studies
  • Utopias, dystopias, sci-fi, and the uncanny in literature
  • Cross-media adaptation and genres
  • Gender, class, and ethnicity
  • Home, travel, time and space
  • Violence, trauma, memory, and forgetting
  • Cosmopolitanism, youth culture, and cultural identitiesPlease submit an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a short biography to rmmla2018@gmail.com by March 31, 2018.

Peijie Mao, University of North Georgia, maopeijie@hotmail.com
Shannon Cannella, Hamline University, scannella01@hamline.edu
Shaohua Guo, Carleton College, sguo@carleton.edu