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Delayed Promises: Female Film Projectionists On and Off Screen in the People's Republic of China

Start Date and Time:

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00PM


Tina Chen (History-U Of Manitoba), Yi Gu (Art History-UofT), Tong Lam (History-UofT), Yurou Zhong (East Asian Studies-UofT)

The celebration and promotion of mobile film projection has been central to the multi-media landscape of the PRC at two historical moments: 1950s-1960s and 2010s-present. In each moment, the female film projectionist occupies privileged space, albeit in radically different contexts. This talk explores apparent visual, rhetorical, and experiential continuities framing the female film projectionist from socialist to post-socialist China. Through critical consideration of female film projectionists as conduits of advanced media technology and spatial projects, this talk considers how and why feminism has been a delayed promise in the PRC.


  • Asian Institute
  • Dept. of East Asian Studies
  • Dept. of History
  • Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

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