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“Yellow is Forbidden” Panel Discussion at the Oculus

“Yellow is Forbidden” Panel Discussion at the Oculus As part of China Institute’s suite of events for the Lunar New Year, China Institute conceptualized six distinct programs for families and adults at the Oculus at the World Trade Center. On January 27, we held a screening of the documentary “Yellow is Forbidden” about the rise of Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, followed by a panel discussion on contemporary Chinese fashion, how history and tradition inform current designs, and the style scene in China today.


Mary Wang is a Chinese-Dutch writer and editor based in New York. She’s an editor at Guernica, where she runs the multimedia interview series Miscellaneous Files. Her work has been published in the The Guardian, Longreads, The New Republic, New York Public Radio/WNYC, Vogue, Vox, among others.

Charlie Gu is CEO and Co-Founder of Kollective Influence, a cross-border marketing agency that helps brands tell their stories in a culturally authentic voice. At Kollective, Charlie develops customized influencer and content marketing strategies that connects brands with the growing number of global Chinese consumers. Before founding Kollective Influence in May 2018, Charlie was Director at China Luxury Advisors where he crafted China market strategies for clients such as Beverly Center, Utah Office of Tourism, SFMoMA, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Charlie’s frequently quoted in news media about Chinese luxury market development and cross-border influencer collaborations.

Michelle Song is a Chinese Canadian fashion PR, influencer and stylist based in New York. She works closely with Chinese as well as international fashion brands. Her articles can be found on Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire etc.

Watch the trailer for the film “Yellow is Forbidden.”

Photos from the Event

Yellow is No Longer Forbidden, 1.27.20

Full Video of the Panel Discussion

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