Chinese Anime lecture

LECTURE: Chinese Anime: The Junctive Geopolitics of Regional Media, by Professor Thomas Lamarre

Title: Chinese Anime: The Junctive Geopolitics of Regional Media
Speaker: Professor Thomas Lamarre, University of Chicago, USA
Moderator: Professor Baryon Posadas, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
Format: 40-50 minutes’ lecture, followed by around 30 minutes’ Q & A
Time: 9:30-11am, May 22, 2024 (Wed, Hong Kong Time)
Location: This lecture was changed to Zoom only. Please ignore the physical building and room number in the poster.  
Zoom ID: 953 3208 9304
Password: ACASSHSS

Abstract: 

The very idea of “Chinese anime” raises a geopolitical eyebrow.  What does it mean for a putatively Chinese phenomenon to mesh with the materiality of media forms associated with contents industries that are typically characterized as “Japanese” or “global”?  What exactly is meant by “Chinese” and “anime” anyway?  The phenomenon of Chinese anime encourages a thorough reconsideration not only of forms of animation but also of the geopolitical forms that are summoned when trying to account for the national, regional, and global circulation of contemporary media forms.  Through an inquiry into the modes of production, circulation, and reception of some fairly popular Chinese anime series such as Tong Ling Fei (Psychic Princess, 2018-2019) and Quanzhi Gaoshou (King’s Avatar, 2017; 2020) as well as some decidedly less popular series such as Lixiang jingqu (Evil or Live, 2017), I wish to explore how the phenomenon of Chinese anime forces us to rethink both the materiality of anime and the materiality of its putative Chineseness in a regional and global context.  The inquiry begins with a demonstration of the “junctive” materiality of Chinese anime.  The guiding question is: to what extent does thinking Chinese anime in terms of junctive materiality offer an alternative understanding of the geopolitics of media in East Asia? Continue reading

Asian Migration to France exhibit talk

Dear all,

The ‘Global Diasporic Chinese Museums Network Initiative Public Talk Series’ will host the 8th talk on Thursday 23 May 2024. Our speaker is Dr. Simeng Wang, Permanent Research Fellow, The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). She will give a talk on The Making of the Exhibition “East and Southeast Asian Migration to France Since 1860” at the French National Museum of Immigration History 从策划到开幕:浅谈法国国家移民历史博物馆“1860年以来法国的东亚和东南亚移民”展览

The talk will be given in Mandarin Chinese. Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

Date: Thursday 23 May 2024
Time: 12:00 pm to 13:30 pm (BST)
Venue: Online via Zoom

The event is free to attend and open to all. Please register via Ticket Tailor here.

Chair: Huimei Zhang, Assistant Director, Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University

Speaker: Simeng Wang, Permanent Research Fellow, The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); scientific curator of the Exhibition “East and Southeast Asian Migration to France Since 1860” held at the French National Museum of Immigration History. Continue reading

Anime’s Knowledge Cultures talk

BOOK TALK: Anime’s Knowledge Cultures: From Astro Boy to China’s Zhai Generation, by Professor Jinying Li

Title: Anime’s Knowledge Cultures: From Astro Boy to China’s Zhai Generation
Speaker: Professor Jinying Li, Brown University, USA
Moderator: Professor Baryon Posadas, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
Format: 40-50 minutes’ lecture, followed by around 30 minutes’ Q & A
Time: 9:00-10:30am, May 16, 2024 (Thur, Hong Kong Time)
Zoom ID: 939 9388 3522
Password: ACASSHSS

ABSTRACT:

This talk introduces the theses of my book Anime’s Knowledge Cultures that studies the historical and cultural formation of anime geekdom to illustrate the growing expansion of a transnational knowledge culture that had emerged since the 1980s with the rise of network society and information capitalism. It examines zhai culture in China as a case study to demonstrate the emergence and development of anime geekdom, along with the changing meanings and functions of knowledge, in a socially and historically specific context. It traces the emergence and development of zhai culture from the popular reception of Astro Boy as the first TV animation imported to China in the 1980s to the recent anime fandom that reshaped Chinese internet culture in the twenty-first century. The coming of age of the zhai generation amid China’s profound social and economic transformation in the past four decades provides a vivid picture of how a knowledge culture formed and evolved, along with the development of a new generation of Chinese workers and consumers, during the uneven transition from the industrial to the postindustrial economies. At the center of this cultural history is the shifting relationship between the zhai generation and the nation’s renewed interest in cultivating and soliciting skilled knowledge workers through institutional and market means. This historical study illuminates the changing meanings and significance of anime geekdom in relation to knowledge work in the context of China’s overwhelming social, cultural, and economic transformations. Continue reading

New Technologies of Gender webinar

SOAS webinar on ‘New Technologies of Gender in Chinese Digital Entertainment: How Algorithms Rewrite History‘ with Professor Geng Song (Hong Kong University)
Date: Monday, 13 May 2024
Time: 8am to 9.30am, EDT / 1pm to 2.30pm, BST
All welcome, but registration required.

Abstract

In this talk, inspired by Teresa de Lauretis’ Technologies of Gender, Professor Geng Song explores the role of new gender technologies, in both the literal and Foucauldian sense, in Chinese digital entertainment.

Enabled by the democratization of narration, ordinary individuals create online fiction that transforms into various digital formats, such as short videos, TV/web dramas, animations, and games. These creative works not only express the desires, fantasies, and frustrations of ordinary people, but their popularity has also been capitalized upon by platforms and entertainment production companies.

A common thread in these productions is the incorporation of affective technological innovations, including affective computing, mood tracking, sentiment analysis, and social robotics. In the era of the “algorithmic turn,” platforms utilize automated systems to analyze users’ emotional expressions and encourage specific behaviors, leading to the regulation of emotions.

In light of this, this talk delves into the flattening of history and re-adaptation of long-standing Chinese literary and cultural tropes in digital narratives and how new meanings and emotional transformations are created. For example, the matrilocal husband, once seen as a threat to masculinity, now represents neoliberal manhood.

Online stories address the crisis of masculinity by emphasizing the “pleasure point” and offering emotional outlets for male readers, serving as an escape from societal anxiety about success. The narrative pattern is intensified by algorithms on online literature and entertainment platforms. This talk thus explores, from a gendered perspective, the interplay between subjectivity, neoliberalism, and AI technology in the context of contemporary China. Continue reading

Untamed Shrews talk

Book Talk–Untamed Shrews: Negotiating New Womanhood in Modern China
Shu Yang (Western Michigan University)
LRCCS Noon Lecture Series at Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 16, 12 pm
First floor of Weiser Hall, Room 110-120
500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Talk page

Zoom registration

Posted by: Shu Yang <shu.yang@wmich.edu>

Chinese Canadian Museum talk

Dear all,

The ‘Global Diasporic Chinese Museums Network Initiative Public Talk Series’ will host the 7th talk on Thursday 11 April 2024. Our speaker is Melissa Karmen Lee, CEO, the Chinese Canadian Museum. She will give a talk on Chinese Canadian Museum – Diasporic Voices across the Pacific Ocean 加拿大华裔博物馆之设立: 追寻跨越太平洋的移民心路历程. The talk will be given in English. Simultaneous translation into Mandarin Chinese will be provided.

Date: Thursday 11 April 2024
Time: 12:00 pm to 13:30 pm (BST)
Venue: Online via Zoom

The event is free to attend and open to all. Please register via Ticket Tailor here.

Chair: Yow Cheun Hoe, Director, Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University
Speaker: Melissa Karmen Lee, CEO, Chinese Canadian Museum

Abstract

This talk features the Chinese Canadian Museum, a new cultural institution partnered with the Province of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. This inaugural public museum honours the history, contributions, and cultural heritage of Chinese Canadians. Since its founding seven months ago, the museum has launched three exhibitions, secured a permanent museum site in the oldest building in Vancouver Chinatown, and received several Canadian heritage and museum awards. Lee will discuss the new Canadian museum as well as its featured exhibition ‘The Paper Trail’ on the Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada from 1923-1947. Continue reading

Museum of Chinese Australian History talk

Dear all,

The ‘Global Diasporic Chinese Museums Network Initiative Public Talk Series’ will host the 6th talk on Wednesday 8 March 2024. Our speaker is Mark Wang, CEO, Museum of Chinese Australian History. He will give a talk on Connecting Culture, History and Heritage: Museum of Chinese Australian History 连接文化,历史和遗产:澳华历史博物馆. The talk will be given in English. Simultaneous translation into Mandarin Chinese will be provided.

Date: Friday 8 March 2024
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (GMT)
Venue: Online
Zoom ID: 829 1750 5030
Password: 12345
Meeting link:

Abstract

This talk will discuss how the Museum has broadened its activities over the last five years to create a socially connected community that places all Chinese Australians and their descendants in the context of their diverse diasporic journeys over the past two centuries to the present day. Our inclusive focus strengthens our identity as individuals and as a community in a contemporary Australian multicultural society.

The talk will include:

  • Background of the Museum of Chinese Australian History
  • History of Chinese in Australia
  • Standing on 3 pillars of understanding – Culture, History and Heritage
  • The Museum’s operations, its collection, current research and public programs
  • The Museum’s future plan for growth

Continue reading

Include Me Out lecture

Online Lecture: “Include Me Out”: Mobility, Cosmopolitanism, & the Transpacific, Transmedia Encounters in Eileen Chang
By Ying Xiao, Associate Professor on Chinese Film and Media (University of Florida)
Global Asia Speaker Series
March 18, 2024  |  6 pm CT/ 7 pm ET  |  Virtual
REGISTER ON ZOOM

OVERVIEW
This talk examines and reconsiders Eileen Chang and the adaptations and derivative creativities associated with her from a transpacific, transmedia, and intercultural perspective. Revolving around “Lust/Caution,” Xiao’s study interlaces and remaps the Eileen Chang phenomenon from the original fiction by Eileen Chang (1977) to Ang Lee’s film adaptation (2007) and popular digital culture’s reincarnation and celebration of Chang as the “Goddess of Run” during the crisis of the post-COVID era. The mobility, exile, and transpacific, cosmopolitan imagination of Eileen Chang provide a vantage point to investigate and reread her in the context of transnational cultural production but also as nexus, hyperlink, and method for varied authors, film auteurs, and contemporary users to reinvent and cultivate multifaceted globalism and cross the boundaries between continents, languages, texts, images, and media.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Ying Xiao is an associate professor of global Chinese studies and film and media studies at the University of Florida. She is the author of China in the Mix: Cinema, Sound, and Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization (2017) and has published articles on neoliberalism and Chinese film industry, hip hop culture, Chinese rock ‘n’ roll film, documentary and transcultural media production, translation and film dubbing, Hong Kong cinema, and the representation of Chinese and Chinese cities in Hollywood film.

Sponsored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies

Posted by: Faye Xiao <hxiao@ku.edu>

Beijing Westerns and Indigenous Opacity talk

Online Talk: Dr. Robin Visser – Beijing Westerns and Indigenous Opacity in Ecoliterature of Southwest China
Mar 7, 2024, 6-7:30pm CST (7-8:30pm EST)
Virtual event held on Zoom.

Please register to attend.

Abstract

Indigenous knowledge of local ecosystems often challenges settler-colonial cosmologies that naturalize resource extraction and the relocation of nomadic, hunting, foraging, or fishing peoples. In this talk, I present findings from my book, Questioning Borders: Ecoliteratures of China and Taiwan (Columbia UP, 2023), which analyzes relations among humans, animals, ecosystems, and the cosmos in literary works by Han and non-Han Indigenous writers of China and Taiwan. I compare “root-seeking” novels by Beijing writers, set in China’s “exotic” southwest, with literature by Wa and Nuosu Yi Indigenes from Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. I argue that Beijing westerns appropriate “peripheral” Indigenous ecological perspectives to critique Maoist destruction of the environment and the undermining of Han neo-Confucian values to strengthen the “center” of the nation-state. Indigenous accounts, on the other hand, manifest what Edouard Glissant has called “opacity,” refusing colonial epistemes by centering the border as a place of home, heritage, and everyday humanity, though under great duress from climate change.

Speaker Bio

Robin Visser is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Questioning Borders: Ecoliteratures of China and Taiwan (Columbia University Press, 2023), compares contemporary literature on the environment by Han Chinese and non-Han ethnic minority writers. Her book Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke University Press, 2010), translated into Russian (Academic Studies Press, 2022), analyzes Chinese urban planning, fiction, cinema, art, architecture, and intellectual debates at the turn of the 21st century.

Posted by: Faye Xiao hxiao@ku.edu

Fear of Seeing book talk

Book Talk: Fear of Seeing: A Politics of Chinese Science Fiction
Speaker: Mingwei Song (Wellesley College)

Special Guests: Mu Ming (Science Fiction Writer); Yan Feng (Fudan University)

Cohosts: David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University) ; Jie Li (Harvard Univeristy)

Time: February 7, 8-9:30PM (EST)

Zoom Registration:
https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5kFBIXkeQdSBPFNyJkoEAg

Sponsors:
East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation

Failed Animation, Limited Theory

Failed Animation, Limited Theory: Feminist Reflections in a Transnational Context, lecture by Professor Karen Redrobe, 9:30-11am, Feb 7, 2024 (Wed, HK Time), Room 3301 & Zoom

Title: Failed Animation, Limited Theory: Feminist Reflections in a Transnational Context
Speaker: Professor Karen Redrobe, Pennsylvania University, USA
Moderator: Professor Daisy Yan Du, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
Format: 40-50 minutes’ lecture, followed by around 30 minutes’ Q & A
Time: 9:30-11am, Feb 7, 2024 (Wed, Hong Kong Time)
Location: Room 3301 (Lifts no. 2, 17, 18), Academic Building, HKUST
Zoom ID: 956 6919 0626
Password: ACASSHSS

Abstract: 

Film histories, theories, and textbooks have often focused on “peak” live-action moments, triumphant or movement-defining aesthetics, box office hits, award-winning auteurs, and dominant, enduring theories. As such narratives have largely prioritized white, male, heteronormative artists and thinkers, feminist historians and theorists have, not surprisingly, frequently demonstrated a more active interest in what might be designated unsuccessful, failed, marginalized, collaborative, modest, and even laughable filmmaking and theoretical efforts. This feminist preoccupation with the incomplete, the unresolved, and the non-triumphant, recently explored in Alix Beeston and Stefan Solomon’s coedited collection, The Feminist Possibilities of the Unfinished Film (2023), suggests what the British psychoanalytic feminist scholar Jacqueline Rose describes as an “ethics of failure” (“Why War?”). For Rose, being willing to fail and resisting the “conviction of absolute truth” is intimately linked to the avoidance of war and warlike violence. In this talk, I will reflect informally, at the intersection of animation and film theory and within the context of 21st century efforts to develop transnational scholarly methods that do not reproduce colonial forms of knowledge, on the possibilities for thought generated in spaces of incompletion, failure, and provisionality. Continue reading

China Unofficial Archives

Official Launch of the China Unofficial Archives 民间档案馆 www.minjian-danganguan.org
Online Event 13 December 2023 1pm GMT
Contemporary China Centre, University of Westminster

Register here, zoom link will be sent to all registered participants nearer the date.

Join us for this special edition of our Conference, Deconstructed to mark the official launch of China Unofficial Archives. We will have a panel discussion with Ian Johnson, author of Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future and Shao Jiang, author of Citizen Publications in China Before the Internet to discuss a significant and unique new online archive which will be launched at this event.

Billed as the first independent archive of unofficial citizen histories, 民间历史 in Chinese, China Unofficial Archives (CUA) spans 75 years of samizdat magazines, books, and movies. It currently features over 860 items but has plans to grow ten-fold in the coming years as it scans and makes available online material that is in the public domain (and thus not-IPR protected). The site is curated, with introductions to the items, and fully bilingual. Aimed at global audiences, its goal is to show the span and breadth of Chinese people’s efforts to write their own history, free of political control.

Following a short presentation by each speaker, they will field questions, advice and constructive criticism from the audience. The event will be chaired by Gerda Wielander.

Registration link: Official Launch of the China Unofficial Archives Tickets, Wed 13 Dec 2023 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

Posted by: Gerda Wielander <g.wielander@westminster.ac.uk>

Museum of Chinese in American and Public History

Dear all,

The ‘Global Diasporic Chinese Museums Network Initiative Public Talk Series’ will host the fourth talk on Tuesday 28 November. Our speakers are Ms. Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research and Mr. Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). They will give a talk on the Museum of Chinese in America and Public History: Reflecting Immigrant Stories from A Local and Global Perspective  美国华人博物馆与公共历史: 从本地和全球角度反映移民故事

The talk will be given in English. Simultaneous translation into Mandarin Chinese will be provided.

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (GMT)
Venue: Online
Zoom ID: 812 0303 1870
Password: 12345

Meeting link:

https://ntu-sg.zoom.us/j/81203031870?pwd=MzBjeFVLb0hVbmNpNTU4dnJ5TXZhdz09#success

Abstract

Yue Ma, Director of Collections and Research, and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will discuss the complexities of public history work within the Museum of Chinese in America. Yue Ma will present the development of MOCA’s collection and its relevance to contemporary researchers, scholars, students and artists. Herb Tam will expand on the vision and conceptualization of MOCA’s exhibitions and their relationship to the collection and audience expectations. Their talk will reveal how various dynamics – resources, visitor feedback, institutional history, local and global politics – impact the work of a medium-sized social history museum embedded in an ethnic enclave. Continue reading

China’s Online Literature talk

Online Talk: China’s Online Literature and the Problem of Preservation
Dr. Michel Hockx
Thursday, November 16, 2023
6:00-7:30p.m. CST
Virtual event held on Zoom.

Please register to attend:

https://kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqfuqqrz4uH9YY5V5uoODOT6PN3sSzv6O2

Abstract

Since their introduction in the late 1990s, websites devoted to the production and discussion of literary work have been ubiquitous on the Chinese Web. Over the years, the study of online literature has become an established field of inquiry within the Chinese academy. General studies and textbooks have been produced, and especially for the first decade or so of online literary production, there appears to be consensus on what were the most important sites, authors, and works. This emerging canon of born-digital works, however, can rarely still be found online in its original location and context. This paper addresses the challenges of preserving early Chinese Internet literature, as well as the opportunities for literary analysis when preservation does take place.

About the speaker

Dr. Michel Hockx is professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely, both in English and in Chinese, on topics related to modern Chinese literary culture, especially early 20th-century Chinese magazine literature and print culture and contemporary Internet literature. His monograph Internet Literature in China was listed by Choice magazine as one of the “Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2015.”

Posted by: Faye Xiao <hxiao@ku.edu>

Genre trends in Chinese-language cinema

Lecture: Post-Pandemic Era: Different Genre Trends in Chinese-Language Cinema in Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
By Peggy Chiao
Friday, November 10, 2023, 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)
University of Texas, Austin

After the pandemic, films in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have evolved into different genres, reflecting the societal changes and collective consciousness in these three regions. My speech will focus on the development of various genres and how the diverse economic, social, and political situations behind them have resulted in these distinctions. Film markets worldwide went through a hiatus during the pandemic for several years. In Mainland China, after COVID-19, the film industry welcomed a thriving box-office boom. It developed new genres and saw innovation in creativity, aesthetics, and marketing strategies, posing a significant threat to the traditionally dominant Hollywood films. In contrast, Hong Kong and Taiwan had been targeting the Mainland Chinese market before the pandemic, leading to a divide within their domestic film industries regarding whether to ‘go north’ (literally translated as “North Drifter,” referring to those working in the Mainland). During the pandemic, the ‘going north’ trend came to a halt due to travel restrictions and regulations. Interestingly, both regions witnessed a surge in their local film industries. Hong Kong experienced a rise in small independent films, often with subversive socio-political undertones. Taiwan’s film industry, on the other hand, focused on survival and developing niche genre films with established markets. Continue reading