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The Inter-Asian Travels of the Global White Snake
By Liang Luo, Professof of Chinese Studies (University of Kentucky)
Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 7 PM CDT | via Zoom
The Global White Snake examines the Chinese White Snake legends and their extensive, multidirectional travels within Asia and across the globe. Such travels across linguistic and cultural boundaries have generated distinctive traditions as the White Snake has been reinvented in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking worlds, among others. This talk focuses on the multidirectional, inter-Asian voyages of the White Snake legends, with special attentions to the legends’ reinvention in Japanese and Korean films from the early 1950s to the late 1960s. These Japanese- and Korean-language films guide us to the excavation of Hong Kong as a Cold War cultural powerhouse, connecting mainland China with Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, exporting to Southeast Asia and internationally, and revamping the White Snake legends in vivid shapes and colors.
About the Speaker
Liang Luo is professor of Chinese studies at the University of Kentucky and the author of The Global White Snake (University of Michigan Press, 2021) and The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China (University of Michigan Press, 2014). She is working on a new book and documentary project, Profound Propaganda: The International Avant-Garde and Modern China.
Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas
LaGretia L. Copp
Center for East Asian Studies
University of Kansas