Retrospect and Prospect of Hong Kong Cinema

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Friday, January 24th, 2020

Friday, January 24, 202012:30PM - 2:00PMExternal Event, Richard Charles Lee Canada - Hong Kong Library, 8th floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto, 130 St. George Street
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Diving into the historical development of Postwar Hong Kong film culture reveals complexity beyond our understandings of the typical “rise and fall” narrative. Any investigation into Postwar Hong Kong cinema must entail an examination of Hong Kong’s colonial history and its changing sociopolitical conditions as well. During the 1960s, Hong Kong was the site for numerous ideological struggles between Britain, China, and Hong Kong, and it is this intersection of culture and politics that this symposium hopes to emphasize.

Dr. Jing Jing Chang will be speaking on her new book Screening Communities, an exciting new analysis that situates Hong Kong cinema within the city’s colonial past. An incredible historical narrative on shaping a local community through film narrative.

Dr. Jessica Li will be presenting her paper “Eileen Chang: Hong Kong Screenplays in the 1960s.” An insightful research tracing the trajectory of Shanghai writer Eileen Chang who had brought together the cultural interflows between Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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Yiching Wu
Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Contemporary Asian Studies & Associate Professor, Asian Institute and Department of East Asian Studies

Bart Testa
Associate Professor, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Jing Jing Chang
Associate Professor, Department of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jessica Tsui-Yan Li
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Chinese Language and Literature, York University


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Richard Charles Lee Canada - Hong Kong Library

China Studies Workshop


Asian Institute

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