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translatio: languages people stories in motion

translatio: languages people stories in motion
2023 East Asian Studies/Critical Asian Humanities Annual Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Location: Duke East - Pink and Blue Parlors


9:30-10:00am Breakfast

10:00-10:15am Opening Remarks & Welcome
Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, Shai Ginsburg

10:15-11:00am Virtual EAS/CAH Alumni Panel: Xin Bao; Zihan Feng (Wash U); Tenggeer Hao (Columbia); Qionglin Lou; Faye Qiyu Lu (UCLA); Son Truong; Dingding Wang (UC San Diego); Xinran Wang (NUS); Kaiyang Xu (USC); Xing Zhang (Indiana U);
Chuang Zu
Moderated by Eileen Chow

11:00am-12:00pm KEYNOTE LECTURE: Tobie Meyer-Fong (JHU)
"From There to Here: Thinking through a Chinese American Family Archive"
Introduced by: Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke)

12:00-1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:00pm KEYNOTE LECTURE: Michael Berry (UCLA)
“Translation, Disinformation and Wuhan Diary
Introduced by: Carlos Rojas (Duke)

2:00-3:15pm In-person Alumni Panel: Chuxu Lu (NYU); Fangfei Wang (Boston College); Yanping Ni (Princeton); Yaming You (Duke); Andrew Tran (UNC); Anisa Khalifa (WUNC)
Moderators: Yidan Wang (Duke CAH) and Quinn Bulkeley (Duke EAS)

3:15-3:30pm Refreshments/Break

3:30-4:15pm Breakout Seminar Sessions: Pink & Blue Parlors
Students split into two groups to meet with keynotes to discuss selected texts

4:15-5:15pm Final Roundtable + Future Directions (Plenary Session)

5:15-5:30pm Concluding Remarks

6:00-8:30pm Dinner Reception

About the Keynote Speakers:


Prof. Michael Berry

Michael Berry
Michael Berry is an author and translator who is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA. He has written and edited ten books on Chinese literature and cinema, including Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers (2006), A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (2008), Jia Zhangke on Jia Zhangke (2022) The Musha Incident: A Reader on the Indigenous Uprising in Colonial Taiwan (2022) and Translation, Disinformation and Wuhan Diary: Anatomy of a Trans Pacific Disinformation Campaign (2022)He has served as a film consultant and a juror for numerous film festivals, including the Golden Horse (Taiwan) and the Fresh Wave (Hong Kong). A two-time National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, Berry's book-length translations include The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai (2008) by Wang Anyi, shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, To Live (2004) by Yu Hua, a selection in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read library, and Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City (2020) by Fang Fang. His latest translation project is the dystopian science fiction Hospital Trilogy by Han Song, which includes the novels Hospital (2023), Exorcism (2023) and Dead Souls (2024).

Prof. Tobie Meyer-Fong

Tobie Meyer-Fong
Tobie Meyer-Fong, professor and chair of history, is a cultural historian of early modern and modern China.  She began teaching at Johns Hopkins in 2000.  She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1989 and her doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1998.  She served as editor of the journal Late Imperial China from 2007-2018.  She has been a visiting scholar at Nanjing University, East China Normal University, the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica, the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tokyo), and the Institute of Literature at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  Her books and several of her articles have been published in Chinese translation.   

Professor Meyer-Fong is an advocate of intensive language training and promoter of regional and area expertise.  She remains active as part of the second cohort of the Public Intellectuals Program organized by the National Committee on US-China Relations.  She has written for the Los Angeles Review of BooksChina FileChina ChannelPengpai (the Paper), and The Hill.  She has appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU) and been interviewed by (among others) the BBC World Service, Dongfang zaobao, Caixin Global, and the Washington Post food section.