Representation of Intersectional and Cultural Identities in Taiwanese-Language Port City Cinema

 03/18/2024 / 03/18/2024

 14:00pm - 17:00pm
 Room 2B, Research Center for Humanities and Social sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei
Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley (University of London)

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Taipei Office organise the following conference:

Speaker Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley (University of London)

Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley is Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS University of London. She is also Research Associate at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Dr Rawnsley is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Taiwan Studies (2018–). She has published widely in both English and Chinese on Chinese-language cinema and media and democratisation in Taiwan. Dr Rawnsley’s most recent project is ‘Politics and Poetics of Port City Cinema’ (with Wyatt Moss-Wellington of University of New England and Yat Ming Loo of University of Nottingham Ningbo China).

Abstract :

This talk contributes to two relatively under-researched areas in the existing literature of Taiwan studies and film studies—Taiwanese-language films (taiyupian) and port city cinema. We compare five case studies in Taiwanese-language port city cinema: Nostalgic Song of Anping ([Anping zhuixiang qu], 1969, dir. Chen Yang), Back to Anping Harbor ([Huilai anping gang], 1972, dir. Wu Feijian), The Boys from Fengkuei ([Fenggui lai de ren], 1983, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien), Cape No.7 (Haijiao qi hao, 2008, dir. Wei Te-sheng), and Gatau (角頭 [Jiao tou], 2015, dir. Li Yunjie). Across each case, we analyse how the cinematic representation of port cities may have reflected social and cultural developments, changing (and unchanged) Taiwanese intersectional and cultural identities from the 1960s to the twenty-first century.

Discussant Wafa Ghermani (National Central University)

This seminar will be held in English.
Corrado Neri, Director of the CEFC Taipei, will chair the session.