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."
Teaching with East Asian Film
This free workshop for educators will look at key films and filmmakers from East Asia as well as provide ways in which films can be incorporated into the classroom.
East Asia is home to dynamic cinematic industries and its globalization has brought many films to Western audiences. One marker of its recent success was Parasite's Best Picture Oscar at the 2020 Academy Awards. Not only are the films a reflection of the region's history and culture, they also offer penetrating looks at social concerns such as evolving gender norms, generational relations, workplace dynamics, and political conditions. In this workshop, we'll look at key films and filmmakers from China, South Korea and Japan. Participanting educators will be encouraged to think about ways in which they might incorporate film clips or discussions of East Asian film trends into their own classes.
Suk-Young Kim is a professor at the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. Kim's research interests cover a wide range of academic disciplines, such as East Asian Performance and Visual Culture, Gender and Nationalism, Korean Cultural Studies. She recently published K-pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance (Stanford University Press, 2018). This project traces the rapid rise of Korean popular music (K-pop) in relation to the equally meteoric rise of digital consumerism. Her other books include Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea (University of Michigan Press, 2010) DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border (Columbia University Press, 2014).
Kerim Yasar teaches at the University of Southern California. He specializes in modern Japanese literature and cinema, media history, and translation studies. He has translated in a variety of genres and media, from contemporary novels to pre-modern poetry to the subtitles for more than a hundred feature films in the Criterion Collection/Janus Films library. His first book, Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868-1945 (Columbia University Press, 2018), examines the roles played by the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, radio, and sound film in the discursive, aesthetic, and ideological practices of Japan from 1868 to 1945.
- Teaching materials and resources
- Certificate of completion for three contact hours
Funding for the workshop comes from the Freeman Foundation to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).
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