Film As Soft Power and Hard Currency: The Sino-Hollywood Courtship
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
McLaren Conference Center 250 - Venue
Events and Lectures
Elbers, Krysten Cogswell
Center for Pacific Rim
"Film as Soft Power and Hard Currency: The Sino-Hollywood Courtship"
A talk by
Ying Zhu, Chair, Department of Media Culture, College of Staten Island-CUNY
Tuesday, September 3, 5:00 p.m., McLaren Center, Room 250
The story of Sino-Hollywood courtship is one of competing cultural and capital values and development models, as well as nationalism and exceptionalism, both American and Chinese. The ups and downs of this courtship is an intrigue of blockbuster scale—a scandal-ridden roller-coaster ride that promises endless entertainment, much like Hollywood itself. Zhu Ying will discuss the complex commercial logic and cultural dynamics that make the Sino-Hollywood courtship a case study of political, cultural, and economic clash and co-optation on a global scale.
Dr. Ying Zhu, a professor in and Chair of the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island-CUNY, is the author or editor of eight books, including Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (New Press, 2012). A leading scholar on Chinese cinema and media studies, her writings have appeared in major academic journals, books, and publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her works have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Photo credit: Toasty Ken