APSI 2017 Spring Speaker Series launches with re-staging of Cold War Taiwan

February 1, 2017
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Taipei - July 15, 1961: 15-year-old Mao Wu stabs his girlfriend to death for her unfaithfulness. Three decades later, Taiwanese director Edward Yang created A Brighter Summer Day, restaging the crime of passion amid the socio-political events that characterized the times: gang fights, Communist spies, Elvis Presley, and a samurai sword...

Durham - January 25, 2017: In a room full of graduate students, faculty, and community members, Prof. Huei-Chu Chu illuminated Taiwan's Cold War condition in the entangling of prolonged Chinese civil war, the U.S. military security regime, and the postcolonial legacy of Japanese rule, attending to the dramaturgy in Edward Yang's 4-hour film that re-presents history as a palimpsest, itself a stage on which the body politics enacted in a contemporary environment are possessed by specters from the past.

Huei-Chu Chu is a professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. For 2016-2017, she is also a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

This event was the first talk in APSI's 2017 Spring Speaker Series. Download an event flyer.