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“Hu Jie on Thinking for Oneself in Mao’s China,” Portland, February 28

Hu Jie

Hu Jie

The Confucius Institute at PSU Friday Event Series presents

a lecture:

“Hu Jie on Thinking for Oneself in Mao’s China”

by Jennifer Ruth, Associate Professor of Literature at Portland State University.

Friday, February 28, 2014 6:30 PM  Location:  PSU School of Business Administration Building, Lecture Hall 490 631 SW Harrison Street, Portland OR 97201


This talk will introduce the audience to acclaimed Chinese documentary filmmaker Hu Jie’s work and show clips from three of his films:

  1. Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul,

  2. My Mother Wang Peiying,

  3. and Spark.

Hu Jie is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. In 2012, his films Though I am Gone andSearching for Lin Zhao’s Soul were named among the top six must-see Chinese documentaries by Chris Berry (Professor of Film and Television Studies at Goldsmith, University of London) and La Frances Hui (Film Curator at Asia Society New York).Though I am Gone won the audience award at the 2007 Shanghai Arts Festival, first place in the feature-length category at the inaugural 2008 Chinese Documentary Film Festival, and the jury prize at the Fourth REEL CHINA Documentary Biennial of Contemporary China in 2008.Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul was the gold medal winner in the feature-length category of the inaugural iSunTV Chinese Documentary Film Awards in 2011.

Jennifer Ruth is Associate Professor of literature at Portland State. She received her BA from Swarthmore College (1991) and her PhD from Brown University (1999). She is the author of Novel Professions and numerous articles on nineteenth-century British society and literature. In addition to the Victorians, her research topics include theories of liberalism and the sociology of the professions and higher education. She is currently working on two projects: (1) an Arendtian analysis of freedom and authority in the nineteenth-century novel; and (2) an inquiry into academic freedom as a concept in post-Cold War politics.

See event flyer here.

Before the event, the Confucius Institute at PSU will host a Chinese conversation corner for guests to practice their Chinese language skills.  The CI-PSU corner will begin at 6pm.

This event is free and open to the public.


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