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FALL 2014

Rectangular Mango Vitrine with likeness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-1969Image: Red Guard Propaganda Team

Director's Talk with Excerpts from Morning Sun (2003) 
Presented by the Director Dr. Carma Hinton
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre   
Free admission!

5:00-6:30 PM          Film Screening and the Director's Talk
6:30-7:00 PM         Q/A Moderated by Prof. Peg Christoff 

Morning Sun is a compelling and exciting documentary film about the history of the Cultural Revolution in China that demonstrates the inseparable connections of political movements in the twentieth century issues of spectacle, representation, and cinematic culture itself. Morning Sun narrates the development of revolutionary thinking in China from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s and its link to visual narratives. The film does not just use these images as illustrations. Instead, the filmmakers deftly demonstrate the importance and power of images in advancing the revolutions of the twentieth century. Review by American Historical Association, 2004 John E. O'Connor Film Award.

About the Speaker

Carma Hinton was born in Beijing and lived there until she was twenty-one. Chinese is her first language and culture. Together with Richard Gordon, Hinton has directed thirteen documentary films about China, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Small Happiness, First Moon, All Under Heaven, Abode of Illusion, and Morning Sun. Hinton is a scholar and a filmmaker. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and has held teaching positions at Swarthmore, Wellesley, Northeastern, and MIT. In addition, she has lectured widely on Chinese culture, history, and film at educational institutions both in the United States and around the world. Currently, Dr. Hinton teaches at George Mason University.

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EXHIBITION: Mao's Golden Mangoes and Cultural Revolution (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

WORKSHOP: Canning Mao’s Mangoes with Chef Paolo Fontana on October 4 at 1 PM

LECTURE: Sanctification of the Mango: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Alfreda Murck on November 5 at 4 PM

Rectangular Mango Vitrine with likeness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-1969The Grace Lee Project (2005, 68 min)  

Followed by a discussion with the director, Grace Lee, Stacey Scarpone, and Prof. Eng Kiong Tan
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre  
Free admission!

6:00-7:00 PM Film Screening
7:00-8:00 PM Panel Discussion Moderated by Prof. Eng Kiong Tan
(Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and
Cultural Studies )


There are millions of Asian Americans in the United States, and a surprisingly large number of them are named Grace Lee. In the film screening, Director Grace Lee combines quirky humor with serious discussion of how the widespread use of names like “Grace Lee” often warps popular perceptions of Asian American women in the United States.

The discussion on Asian American identity, stereotypes and women in film will be led by the Director Grace Lee, Stacey Scarpone, Executive Director of Women's Fund of Long Island and Professor Eng Kiong Tan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University. 

Co-organized with Women's Fund of Long Island.

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About the Speakers

Grace Lee is a Los Angeles based filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. She is currently producing and directing an episode for the PBS MAKERS series on Women and Politics to air in the Fall of 2014. Her recent feature film about the 2012 Presidential campaign, Janeane from Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. Grace Lee received her MFA in Directing from UCLA.

Stacey Scarpone

Eng Kiong Tan

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