Past Event

Chinese Connections at Columbia: Untangling Mysterious “Dean Lung” Stories and Century-long Chinese Imagination

April 26, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Wu Huanyu, Associate Professor, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University

Jim Cheng, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

Moderator: Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

The zoom lecture in Chinese language is intended to untangle the mysterious “Dean Lung” stories and examine century-long Chinese imagination in a larger backdrop of China-U.S. relations. The clarification and demystification of “Dean Lung” Chinese identity and stories through anthropological and sociological approach will shed light on intriguing pioneers and complicated histories related to Columbia Chinese studies in the early years.

Speakers' Bios:

Wu Huanyu obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015, then she conducted post-doctoral research in the College of Sociology and Anthropology, the Sun Yat-sen University. Now she is an associate professor in the School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University. With multiple peer-reviewed journal articles published, she served as academic advisor for the production of China Central Television award-winning documentary “Dean Lung, a Chinese Man.”

Jim Cheng has been the director of C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University since 2010, and served at University of Washington, the University of Iowa and the University of California, San Diego. Cheng served as the President of CEAL (Council on East Asian Libraries) 2016-2018. Due to his distinctive and innovative contribution in library collections of East Asian films, holding Film Festivals and symposiums on East Asian films, Library Journal named Cheng as one of the 2008 Movers and Shakers. In 2009, he won the Fulbright Scholar Senior Research Award for his book project in Taiwan Film Studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, and Chinese American Librarians Association Northeast Chapter.

Registration: To attend this event online, please register HERE.

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