From “A Town on the Yangtze” to a Pacific Crossing: Wango Weng and his Film Collections at Columbia
with Yanqiu Zheng, Misericordia University; Charlotte Brooks, CUNY Baruch College
Ying Qian, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Wango Weng (1918-2020) was a Chinese American filmmaker, art historian and collector. He came to the US in 1938 to study engineering at Purdue, and later on, entered University of Wisconsin, Madison to study painting. In 1948, on the eve of the Communist take-over, he brought his family's massive art collection to the US., where he then settled for life. He began making films in the 1940s, mostly producing for the U.S. educational film market and covering topics related to Chinese art and history. He was also active in the Chinese American community, and served as the president of the Chinese Institute from 1982 to 1987. Mr. Weng passed away at 102 on December 9th, 2020, after donating his family art collection to museums in the US (the MFA) and in China (the Shanghai Museum and others). Mr. Weng donated his film collection to the C.V. Starr Library at Columbia. This rich film collection offers us a chance to talk about his work in relation to both Chinese and American histories during the war and afterwards.
Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the C.V Starr East Asian Library
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