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Chinese Cinephilia and the Ethnics of Historical Representation

Yomi Braester, University of Washington

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:30pm
Thomson Hall 317

Chinese Cinephilia and the Ethnics of Historical Representation

Yomi Braester

Professor of Comparative Literature; China Studies

This talk will introduce Professor Yomi Braester's current book project, tentatively titled Cinephilia Besieged: Film, National History, and Global Consciousness in the People's Republic of China. The book traces the development of Chinese cinephilia and shows how it has reflected, and sometimes formed, the PRC's beleaguered environment of debate. This project, which is based on archival research and personal interviews, aims at understanding the global flow of ideas through film since the 1950s to the present, the role of cinema in creating a public sphere, and the existence of debate in the face of political censorshop. Cinephilia, Braester argues, has been a powerful tool for rethinking film history, national identity, and the state's place in a globalizing world order. As a case study, he will trace in his talk the responses of Chinese directors, industry policymakers, and the critics to film's globalization and digitalization.

Yomi Braester is Professor of Comparitive Literature and China Studies at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 1998 and his M.A. and B.A. in East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His latest published work, Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract, received the prestigious Joseph R. Levenson Award in Modern Chinese Studies.

Sponsored by the UW China Studies Program; Jackson School of International Studies; East Asia Center. For more information regarding the event, please contact the Jackson School of International Studies at

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