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Film Screening: 'Finding Kukan'
November 22, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Asian Film and Talk Series Presents: “Finding Kukan” (2016) Run time: 1 hr. 15 min.
Introduced by Dr. Fang-yu Li, “Finding Kukan” investigates the story of Chinese Hawaii-born Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a 1941 Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades. The film accrued a variety of notable accolades including Audience Award (LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017), Honorable Mention in Documentary Award (CAAMFest 2017), Best Documentary (Hawaii International Film Festival 2016), Courage in Cinema (UMass Boston Film Series 2017), Audience Award Honorable Mention (Boston Asian American Film Festival 2017). Finding Kukan is another addition in fourth-generation American Chinese director, Robin Lung’s 16-year history of bringing untold minority and women’s stories to film.
Dr. Fang-yu Li received her Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, with a certificate in Translation Studies. Dr. Li specializes in modern Chinese literature, film, and culture. Her current research focuses on self-reflexive writings in contemporary Chinese fiction, with a particular interest in the construction of the self and its relation to one’s personal identity and social role. Her broader interest includes Chinese cinema, Chinese pop culture, linguistic/cultural translation, gender politics and speculative fiction. She has published translations of short stories and research articles on Taiwanese writers Li Ang and Chi Wei-Jan.
The Asian Film and Talk Series: The five films selected for this 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening discussions.