SAM Seminar: The problem of Chinese film in cross-cultural communication: How to tell a story

When:4 Oct 2016, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building, UNSW Kensington
Who:Yue Xiao-Ying, Southeast University, Nanjing
SAM Seminar

The greatest difficulty encountered in Chinese filmic intercultural communication relates to the perception that Chinese cinema does not tell stories in ways that are accepted and understood by Western audiences. In recent years there have been some attempts by Chinese filmmakers to address this issue; as in, for example, City of Life and Death (Lu Chuan, 2009) and The Flowers of War (Zhang Yimou, 2011). But these attempts have been recognised by neither Chinese nor overseas audiences. Raising issues of modernity, transnationalism, orientalism and occidentalism, this seminar addresses the issues raised by filmmakers (Chinese and non-Chinese) who seek to create filmic dialogue in cross-cultural communication between China and the West. The seminar will feature an interdisciplinary panel discussion with invited speakers from other schools and disciplines engaged in cross-cultural communication studies.

Yue Xiao-Ying is an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Southeast University, Nanjing, P.R. China. Her current research project, ‘Cross-cultural Communication in Chinese Films’, comprises three main research areas relating to East-West, cross-cultural cinema: The national character of Chinese film in a cross-cultural context; The internationalisation of Chinese films in a cross-cultural context; Conflict and integration of culture: a study of successful cases of cross-cultural communication in recent Chinese films. Her book A study on the narrative structure of Chinese films was published by Southeast University Press in 2010.


SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. 

Find out more and see the full program.
Enquiries contact: SAM Seminar Convenor, Collin Chua – c.chua@unsw.edu.au


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