Arts & Culture Programs

The Film Society at China Institute presents:

China through the Western Gaze: The Good Earth (1937) and The Last Emperor (1987)

The Last Emperor (1987)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Start at 6:00 PM
Members: FREE(Become a Member Now!); Non-Members: $5

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Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The Film Society at China Institute offers a series of programs for Sinophiles and Cinephiles to join us in exploring the diverse and dynamic world of Chinese film! In this series we will screen two works by Western filmmakers, The Good Earth and The Last Emperor, and explore how they presented stories about China to the West. The representation of China and Asian countries has had a checkered history in American productions. There have been recurring problems with the paucity of roles for Asian professionals both behind and in front of the camera and inaccurate and insensitive cultural representations. These screenings will offer the opportunity to look at how two films from different eras, beloved and critically acclaimed in their time, resonate today.


Monthly Mixer at China Institute: With special guest Robert Delaney

Thursday, February 28, 6:00–7:30 PM
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join China Institute at our monthly mixer to mingle with old and new friends who share an interest in all things China. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, plus a special reading this month of The Wounded Muse by author/journalist Robert F. Delaney.

Robert F. Delaney arrived in China as a student in 1992, and has been covering the country as a journalist for media outlets including Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg News, and South China Morning Post since 1995. Professionally, he spent many years covering the twists and turns of the country’s economic transformation and the evolution of the Sino-U.S. bilateral relationship. In his spare time, Robert turned to focus on writing about the personal struggles of those in the middle of these changes, which led to his first novel, The Wounded Muse. Many of the themes for the book were first developed in Route 1 to China, a collection of memoirs that won Robert first runner up in the University of Toronto – Penguin Random House Creative Writing Competition in 2012.

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Divided Loyalty: Being Chinese in America

Playwright David Henry Hwang and musician Du Yun in conversation about the challenges of being Chinese in Trump’s America. Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America, will moderate.

This event is co-presented by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and is part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America Festival.

Wednesday, March 13, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: David Henry Hwang, Du Yun, Nancy Yao Maasbach
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $15
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

What is it like to be Chinese in America these days? Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, author of M Butterfly, will be joined by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Du Yun, and Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) to explore complex questions of identity. As anti-China rhetoric rises, Chinese in this country – from long-time U.S. citizens to newly arrived students – are placed on the defensive, often having to publicly declare their political loyalties. At the same time, the Chinese government – playing on ethnic loyalty – pulls on their heartstrings, with messaging aimed at gaining support for China’s policies.

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6th Annual Orchid Pavilion Gathering: The Artist Talk

Saturday, March 16, 3:00–5:00 PM
Event Fee: Members Free; Non-Members $10
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join China Institute Gallery this Asia Week for the launch of our inaugural Artist Talk at the 6th annual Orchid Pavilion Gathering. Renowned art critic Robert C. Morgan will host a talk with three contemporary Chinese women artists based in the United States for decades – Guo Zhen, Lin Yan, and Liu Landing – to discuss identity and gender in contemporary Chinese art.

Please register online. For questions or to register by phone, please contact Katie Vann at 212-744-8181 ext. 117 or by email at [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

Lecture: Waiting For A Flower To Unfold
February 24, 2019
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The Last Emperor
February 27, 2019
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Monthly Mixer at China Institute: With special guest Robert Delaney
February 28, 2019
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Intercultural Communicative Competence Through Visual Images—年画 and its Embedded Connotations
March 1, 2019
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Divided Loyalty: Being Chinese in America
March 13, 2019
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6th Annual Orchid Pavilion Gathering: The Artist Talk
March 16, 2019
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Past Programs