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Chinatopia 新世纪的康有为: Documentary Screening and Post-Screening Discussion with Director Evans Chan; Professor Peter Zarrow, and Ms Chiang Ching, actress, author and choreographer

October 28, 2023
2:00 - 5:00 PM EDT
Location: TC Grace Dodge Hall 179, Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street New York, NY 10027

This is a bilingual event.

The Renwen Society at China Institute and The Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College, Columbia University present

CHINATOPIA 《新世紀的康有為》(2014/Evans Chan/Hong Kong/Taiwan/USA/73 min; Documentary in English and Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles) Kang Youwei (1858-1927) was China’s pioneering dissident and constitutional reformer, who prophesized gay marriage, strove to unbind women’s feet and wrote modern China’s first major utopian tract – an acknowledged influence on Mao Zedong. While previously known mainly for spearheading the Hundred Days Reform (1889), a modernization drive crushed by Empress Dowager Cixi, Kang Youwei (Liu Kai-chi 廖啟智) comes alive in Chinatopia mostly through his 16 years of exile, which included an idyllic four-year sojourn in Sweden. Kang’s cosmopolitanism and his Asian American activism, as assisted by his daughter Kang Tongbi (Lindzay Chan 陳令智) is astounding – an anti-American boycott he orchestrated in 1905-06 to beat back the Chinese Exclusion Acts resulted in two meetings with a conciliatory Theodore Roosevelt. Chinatopia is an abridged version of Evans Chan’s two-part documentaries, acclaimed by critics and historians, Two or Three Things about Kang Youwei 《康有為二三事》(2013) and Datong: The Great Society《大同:康有為在瑞典》(2011), which was named 2011 Movie-of-the- Year by mainland China’s progressive Southern Metropolitan Daily for “returning fuller memories and humanity” to Chinese history.  Chan then collaborated with composer Hing-yan Chan to write the libretto for Datong: The Chinese Utopia, which was hailed by Bachtrack as “a major new opera” upon its premiere at the 2015 Hong Kong Arts Festival. –

  • Welcome remarks by Dr. Henan Cheng, Deputy Director of the Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia University
  • Pre-screening short lecture, Kang Youwei: Confucian Cosmopolitan, by Prof. Peter Zarrow.
  • Post screening discussion on Kang Youwei’s life and legacy as well as the pivotal role by his Daughter Kang Tongbi, who holds the distinction of being the first Asian student ever enrolled at Columbia University – features director Evans Chan and Ms. Chiang Ching.

 

《新世纪的康有为》(2014/陈耀成导演/香港/台湾/美国/73分钟;中英文剧情纪录片,中英文字幕)

康有为(1858-1927)是中国晚清时期重要的政治家、思想家、教育家、维新运动的倡导者和领袖。康有为的《大同书》是中国思想史上第一部系统的乌托邦作品,对毛泽东产生了明显的影响。他走在时代的前面,主张实行男女平等、婚姻自主。记录片《新世纪的康有为》描述了康有为(廖启智饰)在由他发动的戊戌变法失败后长达16年的流亡生涯,其中包括他在瑞典度过的四年生活。影片还表现了康有为的世界主义(cosmopolitan)和对维护亚裔美国人权益所做的努力。1905-6年康有为在女儿康同璧的协助下,在美国曾组织抗议排华禁约的活动,因此两次受到西奥多·罗斯福总统的接见。在这两次会见中,康有为都当面要求美国废止限制与排斥华工的法律与条约。值得一提的是,康同璧(陈令智饰)是哥伦比亚大学首位亚裔学生,也是中国近代史上的一位传奇女子。

《新世纪的康有为》是陈耀成导演两部纪录片—《康有为二三事》(2013)和《大同:康有为在瑞典》(2011)—的缩略版,受到评论家和历史学家的广泛好评。该片获《南方都市报》颁发的首届人文生活(2011)年度电影大奖。此后,陈耀成导演与作曲家陈庆恩合作,创作了剧本《大同:中国的乌托邦》,该剧在2015年香港艺术节首演时被音乐杂志(Bachtrack)誉为“一部新歌剧力作”。

影片放映前,哥大中国教育研究中心执行主任程贺南教授将致欢迎词,汉学家沙培德 (Peter Zarrow) 教授将做题为“Kang Youwei: Confucian Cosmopolitan”(《康有为:儒家国际主义者》)简短讲座。

影片放映后陈耀成导演和江青女士将与听众见面,并与听众讨论康有为的生平和遗产,以及他女儿康同璧的精彩人生。

Speakers

Evans Chan
Evans Chan 陳耀成

Evans Chan 陳耀成, said British film critic Tony Rayns, “has made a singular contribution to Hong Kong cinema and at the same time a major contribution to the whole spectrum of contemporary film-making. His work achieves a seamless blend of fact and fiction to produce an innovative kind of essayistic cinema.” A critic, librettist, and filmmaker, Chan has had his 15 award-winning films, including Journey to Beijing (1998), Sorceress of the New Piano (2004), and Love and Death in Montmartre (2019), shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, and San Francisco film festivals, among others. Time Out named Chan’s directorial debut, To Liv(e) (1991), as one of the "100 Greatest Hong Kong Films.”

陈耀成,电影导演,现居纽约,活跃于香港及纽约两地,集评论家、剧作家及独立电影制作人等跨界身份。陈耀成的作品曾在柏林、鹿特丹、伦敦、温哥华、旧金山、莫斯科和台湾金马奖等多个国际电影节展出及得奖。

“对香港电影作出独特贡献的同时,陈耀成对整个当代电影创作的范畴都作出了重大的贡献。他的作品把虚构与记实天衣无缝地揉合,成为充满创意的电影散文。他从文学、政治研究、新闻、社会运动中取材,同时被议题及个人的经历及感知所推动。”(托尼 • 雷恩斯,英国著明影评人及电影节策划)

“华语电影真正的知识分子——有诗人的情怀,敏锐的洞察力,原创性的创作形式,还有难得有的历史观。”(焦雄屏, 台湾著名电影监制及学者)

“华文文化界最具创意和多样化的要角之一”(白睿文《光影语言:当代华语片导演访谈录》)

Chiang-Ching
Chiang Ching 江青

Living between Stockholm & Manhattan, Beijing-born Chiang Ching 江青 emerged as a pioneering Asian American dancer/choreographer with the founding of The Chiang Ching Dance Company in NYC in 1973.  Then as a stage director, she has presented works at The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Opera, Old Vic Theatre, The Royal Theatre of Sweden, Vienna Volkoper,  Bern City Theatre,  Berlin’s House of World Cultures, Peking’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and in 2022, at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Also an author, she has published nine books, including “Chiang Ching’s Past — Eras, Memories, and Ruminations. 往時、往事、往思”  Chiang began her career in Taiwan, where she appeared in more than 29 films and won a Golden Horse Best Actress award.  Three decades later, she resurfaced on screen to narrate Evans Chan’s two documentaries about Kang Youwei, including “Chinotopia.”

江青出生于北京,生活在斯德哥尔摩和曼哈顿两地。1973年她在纽约创办了 “江青舞蹈团”,成为美国亚裔舞蹈家和编舞家的先驱。作为舞台导演,她在古根海姆博物馆、大都会歌剧院、史内普老剧院、瑞典皇家剧院、维也纳瓦尔科珀剧院、伯尔恩市剧院、柏林世界文化之家、北京国家大剧院以及罗马歌剧院(2022年)等都曾展演过她的作品。江青还是一位作家,现已出版九本专著,包括《江青的往时往事往思》。她的演艺生涯始于台湾,参演过29部电影,包括《西施》和《几度夕阳红》,曾获金马奖最佳女主角奖。三十年后,江青重新出现在电影萤幕上,为陈耀成的两部康有为的纪录片担任解说。

peterzarrow
Peter Zarrow 沙培德

Peter Zarrow, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and Adjunct Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, writes on modern Chinese thought and culture. His books include Abolishing Boundaries: Global Utopias in the Formation of Modern Chinese Political Thought, 1880–1940China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924 and Educating China: Knowledge, Society and Textbooks in a Modernizing World, 1902–1937.

沙培德教授,哥伦比亚大学历史学博士,康涅狄格大学历史教授。他的研究领域为现代中国思想和文化,其著作包括 Abolishing Boundaries: Global Utopias in the Formation of Modern Chinese Political Thought, 1880-1949(《废除边界:现代中国政治思想形成中的全球乌托邦,1880-1940》)、China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949(《战争和革命中的中国,1895-1949》)、After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924(《帝国之后:中国国家观念的转变,1885-1924》)、Educating China: Knowledge, Society and Textbooks in a Modernizing World, 1902–1937(《教育中国:现代化世界中的知识、社会和教科书,1902-1937》)。

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