The 1980s marked by the rise of Taiwan New Cinema is the milestone in the film history of Taiwan.

The 1980s marked by the rise of Taiwan New Cinema is the milestone in the film history of Taiwan. While most filmmakers of Taiwan New Cinema addressed cultural memory that implicitly problematizes national identity, the rising female directors probed into critical issues of gender and women’s sexuality s. In this talk, I will demonstrate how this line of inquiry has continued in the works of female directors of post-New Cinema but is further complicated by their interests in intersecting identities and inequalities that involve (including, but not limited to) ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, and age. Stylistically, driven by the motivation to communicate with the wider audience, these films show an attempt to strike a balance between arthouse and commercial cinemas.


Speaker Biography

Chun-Chi Wang is currently the Director of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Archive and the Chair Woman of Taiwan Women’s Film Association, the organizer for the Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan. She has been teaching film studies at the National Dong Hwa University after receiving her PhD degree from the University of Southern California. Her current research areas include Taiwanese-language cinema (taiyupian), media representations of gender and sexuality, and film and social practice. Her publications appear in Chinese and English journals including Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, and Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, as well as in book chapters of critical anthologies such as Perverse Taiwan and The Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies.


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