Research and Discovery
Wang's Maoist Laughter Receives Positive Review
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Zhuoyi Wang gave an invited guest lecture for Professor Yanhong Zhu’s East Asian Cinema class offered at Washington and Lee University on May 13. The lecture was originally scheduled to be one of Wang’s guest talks as a Class of 1963 scholar-in-residence at Washington and Lee. Due to the COVID-19 disruption, Wang gave the lecture remotely over Zoom.
Earlier in March, Wang gave another remote lecture for Professor Luoyi Cai’s Languages Across the Curriculum class offered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both lectures are about Wang’s recent research on the Chinese sci-fi film, The Wandering Earth (2019).
Wang analyzed how the film both draws and departs from the Hollywood sci-fi formula to create an apparently “Chinese” sci-fi story. He also led students to explore nuances in the film’s approach to ethical dilemmas and moral responsibilities during a global disaster.