The Contest over 'Indigeneity': Film and Ethnography in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan (Online Film Series)

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The Contest over "Indigeneity": Film and Ethnography in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

An online film and conversation series, free with registration

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Films screen Friday April 23-Friday April 30, 2021
Live ZOOM conversation with filmmakers and curator, Thursday, April 29, 2021 (7 p.m. EST)


This online event, featuring eleven films, three pre-recorded conversations between filmmakers and scholars, and a live Zoom discussion, examines Indigeneity in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In each political space, “Indigenous” has come to represent and symbolize the different stakes of identity, culture, and heritage in the modern world, while grappling with ongoing political tensions around national sovereignty, China’s global influence, and social solidarity. The films and speakers all approach Indigeneity from their own personal backgrounds and experiences as citizens, artists, and scholars from and working in China, Hong Kong, and/or Taiwan. Pre-recorded conversations between the filmmakers, curator Jenny Chio, and invited scholars can be viewed on the event website (no password required), along with an essay by Prof. Chris Berry (Film Studies, King's College London).


Register via the website to receive the password to view films between Friday, April 23 and Friday, April 30, 2021. You will also receive the Zoom link to join the live discussion on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7 pm EST. The films in the Hong Kong program requires separate registration; please visit the event website for details.


This event is curated and organized by Jenny Chio, and sponsored by the Center for Experimental Ethnography, the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and the Global Engagement Fund at the University of Pennsylvania.