Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Zhuoyi Wang has presented some 30 lectures since beginning a yearlong sabbatical in China in the fall.
During the fall, Wang was invited to give a series of 22 public talks on Chinese-language cinemas and Hollywood at Sun Yat-Sen University at Guangzhou, China. He discussed the complex interactions and nuanced negotiations between Hollywood and diverse Chinese-language cultures, covering a wide range of films made in Hollywood, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Wang’s lectures were part of a project to bring foreign experts to the university.
In October, he was an invited speaker at Hong Kong Baptist University, Foshan Institute of Science and Technology, and Sun Yat-Sen University at Zhuhai, China.
His talks included “Transforming the Liminal Hero: Border-crossing Interconnections in The Taking of the Tiger Mountain (2014) and Its Textual Pedigree” in Hong Kong, “From Wong Fei-Hung to Yang Zirong: National heroes and revolutionary legends in Tsui Hark’s films” at Foshan University, and “From Ballad of Mulan to Mulan (1998): A Thousand Years of Textual Metamorphosis” in Zhuhai.
Wang was also asked to share his pedagogical experiences and thoughts on teaching Chinese culture with faculty members at the International Education College of Zhejiang University in Haining, China.
More recently, he presented an invited talk on “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: a Girl Power story under the veil of oriental mysteries” at Keystone Academy in Beijing.
While away from campus, Wang has also presented at two conferences. In the fall, he presented his research on The Taking of the Tiger Mountain (2014) at the Conference on the Accumulation and Study of Historical Materials for Contemporary Chinese Literature at Sun Yat-Sen University at Guangzhou.
Earlier this month he discussed his recent research in “Turn to the Planet and the Turn of the Planet: The Paradoxical View of Human Totality and Ecological Homeland in The Wandering Earth (2019).” The talk was part of a seminar on “Ecowriting: Tradition and Modernity” at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.