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Taiwanese Ecologic Documentary Week on campus (10/18--22)

Friday October 22

            Guest Talk: “The Ecology of Documentary” by Professor Ying QIAN (Columbia)

            Time and Place: 3:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Language Lab or on Zoom

  • The event is co-sponsored by National Cheng-Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan.
  • Internally, this week’s event is also co-sponsored by the Chinese Section of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the Global Studies Initiative at the Lang Center, the Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, Asian Studies, Department of Film and Media Studies, Environmental Studies, Department of History, Department of Political Studies, and Global Studies.
  • Conversation with a Taiwanese Ecological Documentary Film Director Yang Shou-I and his collaborator Chun-Ming Wan. All students of classes in the Chinese section are invited to participate in an on-line conversation with the Taiwanese documentary film-maker Yang Shou-I.  His film company “Flowing Films” 活水 has produced several nature documentaries about wildlife and the natural environment in Taiwan for National Geographic. Another important fact is both Mr. Yang and Mr. Wan Taiwanese Indigenous people, witch demonstrated how deeply love to their land and local animals they have in their mind.
  • Dr. Ying Qian (our invited guest speaker on Friday) is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She earned BA from Harvard, MPhil Cambridge (UK), PhD Harvard (’13). She has taught EAAS UN 3322 East Asian Cinema; “Chinese Documentary Cinema”; “Media Cultures in China”. Her research interests include Chinese Language cinema and media; labor, craft and industry in media production; media ecology. As a scholar of cinema and media, Ying Qian is interested in understanding the role of media and mediation in shaping politics, forming knowledge, and connecting realms of experience. Within the Chinese language context, she is particularly interested in how politics, techniques and aesthetics of mediation have been integral to the processes of (semi-)colonialism, warfare, revolutions, popular movements, and (post) socialisms. Her forthcoming book, Becoming Reality: Documentary Cinema in Revolutionary China.

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