Lilian Kong

 Lilian Kong

Wolf Warrior II: Chinese Nationalism in the Popular Culture and Media Age

Friday, October 26th: 1 p.m*

Location: CEAS 319 (1155 E. 60th St.)

Poster of Wolf Warrior II (2017)

Discussant: William Carroll, PhD Candidate

Cinema and Media Studies + East Asian Languages and Civilizations

*Screening of Wolf Warrior II [战狼2] (2017, 126 minutes) begins at 1 p.m.

with a discussion of Lilian Kong’s paper to follow.

Lunch will be served during the film screening.

On November 2nd, the Art and Politics of East Asia workshop will host Lilian Kong (Master of Arts Program in the Humanities). She will present a draft of an essay intended for publication entitled, Wolf Warrior II: Chinese Nationalism in the Popular Culture and Media Age.” Lilian offers the following abstract:

Amidst economic reforms in the 1980s, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SPPRFT or SARFT) initiated and financially supported main melody (zhu xuanlü) films to reunify public opinions at a time of national transition toward a capitalist China. Since the beginning of the 21stcentury, these films have solidified their nationalist agenda, attracting China’s young consumer generation with hyper-commercialization, but rarely deviating from state-administered political ideologies and Han Chinese glorifications of socialist history. Wu Jing’s military-action drama Wolf Warrior II (2017), China’s largest grossing domestic film to date, represents a new development in the Chinese main melody genre. Scholars have paid particular attention to the film’s setting in Africa instead of China, arguing that the film embodies a bold expansion of nationalist power to the international arena (Liu, Amar, Osnos). On the premise of this current scholarship, my paper explores Wolf Warrior II’s character formations and its construction of inter-racial relationships to reveal how the film has altered the foundational components of China’s contemporary nation-state. I argue that ambiguities of nation and state manifested in Wolf Warrior II signal a transformation in main melody films’ nationalist agenda due its surfacing of the contradictory, entangled relations between international commercial media networks, particularly in the film’s collaboration with the American superhero franchise Marvel Studios, and the continuous surveillance of domestic state-administered networks that structures its production process.

2018 Fall Quarter Schedule

Sun Xun 孙逊 Endopsychic Fire, 2015. Painting Ink and color on Photographic Paper, Silver dust pigment.

Location: Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319, at the Harris School Building (1155 E 60th St)

Time: Friday, 3-5PM

Please note special location or time for some events.

 

10/12   Art in Smog (2018, 76 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles)

Screening and Conversation with Director Lydia Chen

Introduced by Professor Paola Iovene (East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Joint Event with Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia Workshop

Time and location: 3-5PM, Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157

 

10/19   Chao Wang, PhD Candidate (History)

“Blind Singing Girls and the Respectability of Livelihood in Early Republican Guangzhou, 1911-1927”

Discussant: Weichu Wang, PhD Student (History)

Time and location: 3-5PM, Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319

 

10/26   Megan Beckerich, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities

“Supernatural Bodies and Censorship in 19th Century Japanese Prints”

Discussant: Minori Egashira, PhD Student (Art History)

Time and location: 4-6PM, Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319

 

11/2   Lilian Kong, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities

Wolf Warrior II: Chinese Nationalism in the Popular Culture and Media Age”

Discussant: William Carroll, PhD Candidate (Cinema and Media Studies + East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Special time for lunch and screening:

With a screening of “Wolf Warrior II” (战狼2) and catered lunch at Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319, starting at 1PM

 

11/16   Nicholas Lambrecht, PhD Candidate (East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

“Life After Return in Postwar Japan: From Fujiwara Tei to Miyao Tomiko”

Discussant: Nicholas Wong, PhD (Comparative Literature)

Time and location: 3-5PM, Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319

 

11/30   Yuqian Yan, PhD Candidate (Cinema and Media Studies + East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

“Constructing the Ancient: Set Design in Orphan Island Cinema”

Discussant: Pao-chen Tang, PhD Candidate (Cinema and Media Studies + East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Time and location: 3-5PM, Center for East Asian Studies, Room 319

 

Winter Quarter 2018 Calendar

Songhua River Series: Snow Covered Songhua River (partial). Bai Hai (2010). Ink on rice paper.

1/19  Brian White, PhD Candidate in EALC
Asian Aliens: Race in 1960s Japanese Speculative Fiction”
Time & location: 3-5pm in CEAS 319
Co-sponsored with the Mass Culture Workshop

1/26   Sandra Park, PhD Student in History
“Crusading for the Twentieth Century: Christianity, Politics and the Cold War in South Korea and Korean-U.S. Relations, 1945-1973”
Time & location: 3-5pm in CEAS 319
Co-sponsored with the East Asia Trans-regional Histories Workshop

2/9    Alex Murphy, PhD Student in EALC
“The Era of the Voice: Performance, Technology, and Politics in Japan, 1918-1942”
Time & location: 3-5pm in CEAS 319

2/23   Sung Hyun Kang Assistant Professor at Sung Kong Hoe University
“Transnational Archives: Cold War, Postcolonialism, and Korean Studies”
Time & location: 3-5pm in CEAS 319
Co-sponsored with the East Asia Transregional Histories Workshop
This event is sponsored by the Committee on Korean Studies at the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education.

2/27   Yoon Sun Yang, Assistant Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature at Boston University
Lunch with graduate students
Time & location: 12pm-1pm in CEAS 319
This event is sponsored by the Committee on Korean Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies.

3/5     Paride Stortini, PhD Student in Divinity
“Imagining a Cosmopolitan “Furusato”: India and Buddhism in the Silk Road Imaginaire of Hirayama Ikuo”
Time & location: Noon-1:15pm in Swift Hall
Co-sponsored with the Religion and Human Sciences Workshop

Yuqian Yan

Yuqian Yan (PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies & EALC)
“Emplacing the Ancient: the Characters and Their World”
Friday, November 10th, 3-5pm in CEAS 319
Discussant: Pao-Chen Tang (PhD Student, Cinema and Media Studies & EALC)
Co-sponsored with the Mass Culture Workshop

Please join us Friday (11/10) from 3-5pm, as we host Yuqian Yan (PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies & EALC). She will present a draft of her dissertation chapter, which she summarizes as follows:

Location shooting was an important feature of Chinese ancient costume films (guzhuang pian) in the 1920s. Filmmakers went beyond confined studio spaces in Shanghai to search for scenic sites to locate familiar tales from the past. What motivated them to incorporate present landscapes in the representations of ancient stories? What kinds of places could be qualified as ancient settings? How did the incorporation of real sites affect audiences’ viewing experiences? This chapter studies Chinese filmmakers’ efforts to integrate contemporary locations into cinematic adaptations of traditional tales. By directly engaging the present in the portrayal of the ancient, filmmakers suggested a different possibility of relating to the past, and demonstrated the new cinematic medium’s special capacity in facilitating a new way to evoke the past through the present.

The paper is available directly below, or at this link. If you have not received the password, or have questions about accessibility, please feel free to contact Helina Mazza-Hilway (mazzah@uchicago.edu) or Susan Su (susansu@uchicago.edu).

Fall Quarter 2017 Calendar

Flowering Cherry and Autumn Maples with Poem Slips. Tosa Mitsuoki (c. 1617-1691) on a six-panel screen; ink, color, gold, and silver on silk.

10/6    Will Carroll, PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies and EALC
“I don’t masturbate; I fight!”: The Specter of Kita Ikki in Suzuki Seijun’s Fighting Elegy
Time & location: 3:30pm in Wieboldt 301N

10/20   Matthew Lowenstein, PhD Student in History
“An American Banker in Shanghai: Frank J. Raven in Historiographical Perspective”
Time & location: 3pm in Wieboldt 301N

10/27   Reiko Abe Auestad, Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
“Tsushima Yūko (1947-2016): Calling Upon the Dead”
Time & location: 3pm in CEAS 319

11/3     Nicholas Wong, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature
“Literary Collectives and “Minor” Time in Late 1950s Mahua Autobiographical Fiction and Reportage”
Time & location: 3pm in CEAS 319

11/10    Yuqian Yan, PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies and EALC
“Embodying the Ancient: The Body and its Costume”
Time & location: 3pm in CEAS 319
Co-hosted with the Mass Culture Workshop

11/17    Sohye Kim, PhD Candidate in EALC
“Zhang Lu’s Landing in South Korea: The Fashioning of Spectatorship in a Globalizing and ‘Multicultural’ Society” (working title)
Time & location: 3pm in CEAS 319

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Fall 2016 Schedule

All meetings will be held in Room 319 in the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS 319).

CEAS is located in the Harris School of Public Policy, 1155 E. 60th St.

9/30 Orientation and Planning Meeting

3:00 – 4:00 PM

10/7 A Conversation with Ryo Kagawa

3:00 – 4:00 PM

10/21 Presenter: Mi-Ryong Shim

Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Culture, Northwestern University

Title: Aesthetics of New Regionalism and Korean Local Color in the Wartime Japanese Empire

3:00 – 5:00 PM

11/11 Presenter: David Andrew Knight

University of Chicago, co-sponsored with EATRH

Title: “Li Deyu and the Golden Pine”

4:00 – 6:00 PM

11/18 Presenter: Yuqian Yan

Cinema and Media Studies/East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Title: “Bringing the Past to the Silver Screen: The Burgeoning of Chinese Costume Films in the 1920s”

3:00 – 5:00 PM

12/1 Presenter: Scott Aalgaard

East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Title: “Untimely Voices: Hearing Critique in Japanese Cultural Production”

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Spring 2016 Schedule

Harris School/Center for East Asian Studies, 1155 E 60th St

Harris School/Center for East Asian Studies, 1155 E 60th St

Unless otherwise noted our workshop meets from 3-5 p.m. at 1155 E 60th St (60th and Woodlawn) in Room 319.

Spring 2016 Schedule

April 15 (F), Han Zhang (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

April 26 (T), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Janet Poole (Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto) * note time and date

May 6 (F), Junko Yamazaki (Cinema and Media Studies/East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

May 20 (F), William Feeney (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

May 27 (F), Documentary Roundtable

June 3 (F), Anne Rebull (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please contact David Krolikoski (davidkroli at uchicago.edu) or Brian White (bmwhite at uchicago.edu).