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What Can Chinese Films Tell Us About Modern Chinese History?

Feb. 21

An examination of how some of the most important issues in 20th century China, such as nationalism, tensions between tradition and modernity, and gender equality, are addressed in popular films.

Scholar Bio: Dr. Xiao earned a BA in Chinese language and literature from Liaoning Teacher's University, an MA in Chinese aesthetics from Sichuan University, an MA in liberal studies from the College of St. Rose, and a PhD in modern Chinese history from the University of California at San Diego. His research interests are in Chinese film and popular culture. He taught at the University of Utah before coming to Cal State San Marcos.

Additional reading:
Shuqin Cui, Women Through the Lens: Gender and Nation in a Century of Chinese Cinema.
Yingjin Zhang, Chinese National Cinema.
Films: The New Women (1934), Myriads of Lights (1948), Women of the Great Leap Forward (1959), The Naval Battle of 1894 (1962), Breaking with Old Ideas (1975), Old Well (1986), Blue Kite (1993), The World (2002)