Panelists examined the issues driving the protests in Hong Kong, the social composition and motivations of the protesters and counter-protesters, and how the various sides are using media to reach local, mainland and international audiences.
Screening: Ash Is Purest White
Asia Society Southern California presents a special screening of Ash is Purest White followed by a Q&A session with the director, Jia Zhangke. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, played the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, the 2018 NY Film Festival, and most recently the 2019 Palm Springs Film Festival.
Ash is Purest White is the story of Qiao who falls in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes on a journey looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.
Registration is free. Suggested donation: $10 per person to help Asia Society Southern California and our partners to cover program costs.
The USC U.S.-China Institute and Asia Society hosted a talk with Weijian Shan, one of Asia’s best-known financiers, as he recounts his remarkable personal story of his exile to the Gobi Desert for hard labor at the age of 15 amidst the turmoil of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
The USC U.S.-China Institute and the USC East Asian Library present a screening of Daughter of Shanghai, a documentary featuring actress Tsai Chin talking about her life, scenes from the films and series she has starred in, and footage of celebrities talking about Tsai’s influence on them.