Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Zhuoyi Wang was invited to give a keynote speech at the 11th International Conference on Classical and Modern Chinese, held in May at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The theme of the conference was Chinese and cross-cultural communication. Wang’s keynote speech was titled “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: a Cross-Cultural Story of ‘Girl Power.’” Wang analyzed the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (dir. Ang Lee, 2000), focusing on its cross-cultural connection between Chinese-language martial arts films since the 1960s and the Euro-American “Girl Power” movement since the 1990s. He offered a close reading of the leading female characters in the film through the lens of gendered power relations.