This program is curated and organized by Jenny Chio,
Spring 2021 Visiting Fellow at the Center for Experimental Ethnography (University of Pennsylvania) and Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures and Anthropology at the University of Southern California.
This film and conversation series explores the category and concept of “Indigeneity” in the contemporary People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
In each political space, “Indigenous” has come to represent and symbolize the different stakes of identity, culture, and heritage in the modern world, while grappling with ongoing political tensions around national sovereignty, China’s global influence, and social solidarity. Whereas “Indigenous” in Hong Kong now refers to both a nativist political movement and marginalized communities that settled in Hong Kong prior to British colonial rule, in Taiwan Indigenous refers to Austronesian Aboriginal communities who align themselves with contemporary global Indigenous activists. In China, the term Indigenous itself is highly contested, as the Chinese state increasingly resists and represses claims to cultural self-determination amongst its ethnic minority populations. Thus, the films and speakers in this event all approach Indigeneity from their own personal backgrounds and experiences as citizens, artists, and scholars from and working in China, Hong Kong, and/or Taiwan.
Pre-registration is required to view the films. See below for registration details.
To learn more about the films and filmmakers in this event, watch pre-recorded conversations between the filmmaker and invited scholars (no password required), and read a commentary by Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London), visit the program pages below.
The films in the Hong Kong program required separate registration; see the Hong Kong program page for details.
To the filmmakers and speakers, many thanks for sharing your work, ideas, and reflections. There is so much more to be done! Special thanks to Chris Berry, Tami Blumenfield, Tsering Bum, Emily Hannum and Leniqueca Welcome for contributing time and thoughts to this event.