Gender and Reconciliation in Sino-Japanese Co-Productions

By Professor Amanda Weisse, post-doctoral fellow, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm, April 14, 2017

Location: Modern Languages 201, Emory University

Open and free to the public

This presentation will survey Chinese and Japanese media productions produced in the aftermath of Sino-Japanese normalization (1972) and the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People's Republic of China (1978). The period between the late 1970s and early 1980s is known as the so-called “honeymoon period” of Sino-Japanese relations. This period saw increased co-productions and an attempt to build a united Asian vision of World War II and its aftermath. Tracing different stages of reconciliation narratives in Sino-Japanese co-productions beginning in this era and ending in the mid 2000s, this presentation will argue that reconciliation has slowly disappeared both outside the narrative (in terms of business alliances such as co-productions) and inside the narrative (in terms of the image of familial reconciliation). Recent narratives twist the Sino-Japanese family, originally a symbol of national reconciliation, into a vehicle for nationalism.

About the speaker

Amanda Weiss specializes in East Asian media studies and gender studies. Prior to coming to Emory, she studied at the University of Southern California, the Beijing Film Academy, Cambridge University, and the University of Tokyo. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, where she is adapting her dissertation into a monograph titled “Han Heroes and Yamato Warriors: Competing Masculinities in East Asian War Cinema.”