"On Thinking for Oneself in Mao's China" - A presentation on the films of HU Jie
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:30pm to Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Confucius Institute at PSU Friday Event Series presents

a lecture:

Hu Jie on Thinking for Oneself in Mao's China

by Jennifer Ruth, Associate Professor of Literature at Portland State University.  

Friday, February 28, 2014
6:30 PM 
Location:  PSU School of Business Administration Building, Lecture Hall 490 
631 SW Harrison Street, Portland OR 97201
Parking is FREE in all PSU garages & lots on FRIDAYS after 5 PM.  
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This talk will introduce the audience to acclaimed Chinese documentary filmmaker Hu Jie's work and show clips from three of his films:

  • Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul,
  • My Mother Wang Peiying
  • and Spark

Hu Jie (胡 杰) is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. In 2012, his films Though I am Gone and Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul were named among the top six must-see Chinese documentaries by Chris Barry (Professor of Film and Television Studies at Goldsmith, University of London) and La Frances Hui (Film Curator at Asia Society New York).Though I am Gone won the audience award at the 2007 Shanghai Arts Festival, first place in the feature-length category at the inaugural 2008 Chinese Documentary Film Festival, and the jury prize at the Fourth REEL CHINA Documentary Biennial of Contemporary China in 2008. Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul was the gold medal winner in the feature-length category of the inaugural iSunTV Chinese Documentary Film Awards in 2011.

Jennifer Ruth is Associate Professor of literature at Portland State. She received her BA from Swarthmore College (1991) and her PhD from Brown University (1999). She is the author of Novel Professions and numerous articles on nineteenth-century British society and literature. In addition to the Victorians, her research topics include theories of liberalism and the sociology of the professions and higher education. She is currently working on two projects: (1) an Arendtian analysis of freedom and authority in the nineteenth-century novel; and (2) an inquiry into academic freedom as a concept in post-Cold War politics.  Read more about Dr. Ruth's interests in China >>

See event flyer here

Read an article written by Jennifer Ruth, "Politically Incorrect Souls in the Films of Hu Jie, China's Survivors Speak" >>

Before the lecture, at 6:00 PM, the Confucius Institute at PSU will host a Chinese conversation corner for guests to practice their Chinese language skills.

The Institute for Asian Studies and Confucius Institute at PSU support programs which promote and showcase the the work of Portland State faculty's who share an interest in Asia.  View up-coming and past presentations by PSU faculty >>

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