Romancing Passing – Race, Gender and Nation in Cinema

Presented by Yiman Wang, 2003-05 Mellon Fellow on May 1, addressed the political and cultural implications of racial, gender, and border passing processes that are depicted in romantic scenarios in cinema. This program was free and open to the public.

The topics covered included "Dystopia & Utopia of the Passing Body"; "Coding Hollywood Asians"; and "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding Banquet?  World Cinema and the Politics of Globalization."

A roundtable session was led by Jane Gaines, Professor of Literature and English, Duke University and involved all the guest presenters:

  • Kent Ono, Professor of Asian American studies, Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Director of Asian American Studies at UIUC,
  • Brian Taves, of the Motion Picture/Broadcasting/Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.;
  • Michelle Liu, Lecturer, English Department, University of Washington;
  • Yomi Braester, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies Program, University of Washington;
  • Chris Berry, Professor of Film Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Founding Member of the Asian Cinema Studies Society.