Aynne Kokas, from the University of Virginia, offers an in-depth look at China’s growing role in the global media industries and how it is shaping Hollywood in the twenty-first century.
Li, "Speaking for Taiwanese history, culture and past: Hou Hsaio-Hsien's 'Taiwan Trilogy,' " 1996
Ya-Mei Li, M.A.
This thesis is a study of Taiwanese cinema generally and in particular of Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Taiwan Trilogy" from the perspective of the concept of "national cinema." It begins with an introduction to the ideals of nation and national cinema. By adopting Ernest Renan's idea of a nation, this thesis argues that Taiwan is a different nation from mainland China because Taiwan has its own history and culture. The thesis then examines the concepts of national cinema proposed by Andrew Higson, Stephen Crofts and Susan Hayward. Taking the idea of a national cinema as designating the cultural articulation of a nation, the thesis describes the history of Taiwanese cinema and begins a sociological inquiry into Taiwanese New Cinema. To describe how Taiwanese cinema speaks for the historical and cultural experiences of the nation, the thesis focuses on Hou Hsiao-Hsien's "Taiwan Trilogy": A City of Sadness (1989), The Puppetmaster (1993) and Good Men and Good Women (1995). A City of Sadness deals with the early period of the restoration of Chinese rule in Taiwan and the February 28th Incident; The Puppetmaster treats the period of the Japanese colonial occupation; and Good Men and Good Women explores the period of World War II and the "White Terror" of the 1950s. By undertaking a textural analyses of the films, the thesis demonstrates the manner in which Hou's trilogy establishes a reading of Taiwanese history that differs from the official version, especially in its exploration of the roles of women.
Advisor: James, David
Stein Ringen examines how China’s distinctive governmental system works and where it may be moving.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a book talk by Guobin Yang. The first part of the book offers a new explanation of factional violence in the Red Guard movement and the second part of the book chronicles the de-sacralization of that revolutionary culture throughout the 1970s and the rise of a new wave of protest that inaugurated the democratic movements of the reform era.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by USC Professor Emerita Charlotte Furth on her adventures in Beijing teaching young Chinese scholars about America.