This year's Joseph Levenson Book Prize goes to the 2021 work making "the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China."
Screening: The Goddess
The Asia Society: New York presents a screening of The Goddess as a part of the Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture.
Part of film series
Goddess: Chinese Women on Screen (November 9 - December 8, 2012)
Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture
Dir. WU Yonggang. 1934. China. Silent. B/W. 76 min. 35mm. With English subtitles.
Featuring RUAN Lingyu.
A struggling single mother in 1930s Shanghai resorts to prostitution in order to provide for her young son. In an oppressive society that will never give her and her beloved child a chance, she is doomed to a tragic fate as she fights a hoodlum who steals her money and makes her his kept woman. The Goddess features a nuanced and heart-wrenching performance by the queen of silent cinema Ruan Lingyu — often called the "Chinese Greta Garbo" — in her most celebrated role. At once vulnerable and resilient, the heroine embodies gender and class struggle and the motherly ideal.
Check out New Women (1935), also featuring actress Ruan Lingyu, and Center Stage (1992), a biopic of Ruan Lingyu. Both films are part of this film series.
This series is part of Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture. Additional support is provided by People's Republic of China's Ministry of Culture, China Film Archive, and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.
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