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The Confucius Institute at PSU presents a lecture about Chinese film-maker Zhang Yimou and his film 'Happy Times'
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:30pm

The Confucius Institute at PSU  presents a film screening & lecture by

Dr. Linda Larson, Professor of East Asian Languages & Literature at the University of Oregon and Vice Provost for Portland Programs at the UO-Portland.

Come to one, or come to BOTH!

Film Screening:  Happy Times/ 幸福时光  (2000, China; in Mandarin w/English subtitles)p

Friday, June 13, 2014
4:30 - 6:15  PM
PSU School of Business, room 490
631 SW Harrison St, Portland

Free and open to the public

Lecture: Film Director Zhang Yimou and the Socialist Legacy 

Friday, June 13, 2014
6:30 PM
PSU School of Business, room 490
631 SW Harrison St, Portland
PSU Parking lots are FREE on Fridays after 5 PM. 

Free and open to the public

DESCRIPTION:
Happy Times (幸福时光 / 2000) features a middle-aged, laid-ff factory worker with little to offer in the way of match-making, and a subtext of a human emotional economy inextricably entwined with market values.  As in the Maoist past, the gap between a utopian imaginary and a resistant material work gives special meaning to the plot and contruction of Happy Times.  Film maker Zhang Yimou's investigation zeros in on the question:  can socialist culture, with its communal, self-sacrificing values, be recouped as an illuion-free component of a healthy future?

ABOUT Dr. Wendy Larson
Dr. Wendy Larson is Professor of East Asian Languges and Literature at the University of Oregon, where she has worked since 1985.  Since 2008, she has served as the Vice Provost of Portland Programs at the UO-Portland campus.  She studied in Taiwan, Japan, and China.  She has published many articles on Chinese literature and film. Her present book project is tentatively titled Zhang Yimou:  Globalization and the Subject of Culture.

Her books include:

  • From Ah Q to Lei Feng:  Freud and Revolutionary Sprit in 20th Ceneture China  (Stanford University Press, 2010)
  • Women and Writing in Modern China  (Stanford University Press, 1998)
  • Literary Authority and the Chinese Writer:  Ambivalence and Autobiography  (Duke University Press, 1991).

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