Left: Immigrants landing on Ellis Island (1910) / Middle: Pearl White, Pearl of the Army (1916) / Right: White Rose Woo (吴素馨), Woman Warrior White Rose 女俠白玫瑰 (1929).

Women and the Silent Screen XI: Women, Cinema, and World Migration (Virtual)

June 7–8 EST (New York)  | June 7–9 CST (China)

Free and open to all

 

Show-and-tells, panels, and roundtables on Asian-specific topics will stimulate discussions on parallels between the historical women who “pioneered” in national film industries and contemporary filmmakers and artists. Speakers will include Asia-based contemporary makers who are interested in historical issues and have worked in Asia and global regions. (Titles will be available to screen on Vimeo.) 

 

Information & full schedule: https://wssxi.library.columbia.edu/

 

 

Online Schedule

Tuesday, June 7 (New York) | Wednesday, June 8 (China)

 

8:30 AM – 10 AM EDT | 8:30 PM – 10 PM June 7 CST 

Panel #1: Women of Shanghai 

Panel Chair: Jin Chen, City University of Hong Kong

“Pu Shunqing and Her Screenwriting Practice in the Early Film Industry”

  • Jin Chen, City University of Hong Kong

“The Star Image of Yang Naimei in Her Time” 

  • April Gailan Wei, Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College

“Usherettes of Early Chinese Cinema: The Exception for Lower-Class Women” 

  • Jingrui Yan, Peking University

 

10 AM – 10:15 AM EDT | 10 PM – 10:15 PM June 8 CST  

Show-and-Tell #1: “First Ladies of Shanghai Cinema, 1922–1929”

S. Louisa Wei, City University of Hong Kong

 

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM EDT | 10:15 PM – 10:30 PM June 8 CST Screening: First Ladies of Shanghai (14 min) 

 

10:30 AM – 11 AM EDT | 10:30 PM – 11 PM June 7 CST

Zoom Live Screening: Blue Sky Station: 8th Avenue, “New York’s 3rd Chinatown” (Qin Li, 2000, 30 min)

Watch on your own: 

  • Vimeo: Blue Sky Station: 8th Avenue, “New York’s 3rd Chinatown” (Qin Li, 2000, 30 min)
  • CathayPlay: Golden Gate Girls (S. Louisa Wei, 2013, 106 min) and Havana Divas (S. Louisa Wei, 2018, 91 min). 

Registered participants will receive links for access to the films. Available to view until June 15, 2022.

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT | 11:00 PM June 7 – 12:30 AM June 8 CST

Roundtable Interview: Women in Film – Contemporary and Historical Comparison — Female Filmmaker and Scholar in Film Industry and Beyond 

Interviewer: Xiaoyang Pan, Columbia University

Speakers:

S. Louisa Wei (Golden Gate Girls and Havana Divas), City University of Hong Kong

Qin Li (Blue Sky Station: 8th Avenue, “New York’s 3rd Chinatown”), Renmin University of China

 

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT | 12:30 AM – 2:00 AM June 8 CST

Panel #2: Shanghai Early Cinema

Panel Chair: Rongyi Lin, Northwestern University

“Shanghai Silent Cinema and the Melodrama of Feminist Film Historiography”

  • Rongyi Lin, Northwestern University

“Claiming Modernity: Class-based Female Moviegoing in 1920s and 1930s Shanghai”

  • Yumo Yan, University of Washington

“Disguised or Exposed Female Identity: Cross-dressing in Early Chinese Cinema”

  • Ailin Zhou, Columbia University

 

7:30 PM – 7:45 PM EDT | 7:30 AM – 7:45 AM June 8 CST 

Show-and-Tell #2: “My Great Grandmother: Chinese-American Marion E. Wong” 

Chris Kumaradjaja, Columbia University 

 

7:45 PM – 8 PM EDT | 7:45 AM – 8 AM  June 8 CST 

Show-and-Tell #3: “Women on the Chinese silent screen: A free online film repository” 

Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia 

 

8 PM – 9:30 PM EDT I 8 AM – 9:30 AM June 8 CST

Zoom Live Screening: Daughter of Shanghai (Michelle Miao Chen, 2019, 90 min) 

Or watch on your own: Vimeo or Baidu Netdisk. Registered participants will receive a link for access to the film. Available to view until June 15, 2022.

 

9:30 PM – 10 PM EDT | 9:30 AM – 10 AM June 8 CST

Interview: Women in Film – Contemporary and Historical Comparison — “I was Born in the Trunk”: Daughter of Shanghai

Interviewer: Xiaoyang Pan, Columbia University

Speaker: Michelle Miao Chen, Ohio University MFA, Beijing Film Academy Department of Directing BFA

 

 

Wednesday, June 8 (New York) | Thursday June 9 (China)

 

10:30 AM – 12 PM EDT | 10:30PM – 12 AM June 8 CST 

Panel #3: To Be the First 

Panel Chair: Enrique Moreno Ceballos, Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“Mrs. Gardner’s Travels or Mexico’s First Women Exhibitor” 

  • Enrique Moreno Ceballos, Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“The Artful Masquerade of ‘First Chinese Star Lady Tsen Mei”

  • Ramona Curry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“She’s Speaking: Multilingual Women as Media in Chinese Documentary”

  • Xiaoyang Pan, Columbia University

 

12 PM – 12:15 PM EDT | 12 AM – 12:15 AM June 9 CST

Show-and-Tell #4: “How Does Tradition Play Its Colorful Role in Omitting First Iranian Actresses from Cinema?”

Nasim Ghazizadeh, Iranian Association of Film Critics and Writers

 

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM EDT | 4:15 AM– 4:30 AM June 9 CST 

Show-and-Tell #5: “Women’s March to the Japanese Screen” 

Timothy Amatulli, Columbia University 

 

4:30 PM – 6 PM EDT | 4:30 AM – 6 AM June 9 CST 

Panel #4: Japanese Actresses

Panel Chair: Yuki Irikura, Waseda University

“Universal Actresses in Japan: Grace Cunard and Mary MacLaren”

  • Yuki Irikura, Waseda University

“Female Actors Who Were Born in Japan”

  • Daisuke Miyao, University of California San Diego

“Migrating Fashions, Mobile Bodies: ‘Modern Girls’ in Japanese Silent Cinema”

  • Kerstin Fooken, University of Hamburg

 

6 PM – 7:30 PM EDT | 6 AM – 7:30 AM June 9 CST 

Panel #5: The Orient and the West 

Panel Chair: Yiman Wang, University of California Santa Cruz

“When ‘Orientals’ Became ‘Indians’: Gender, Race, Masquerade in ‘Indian Westerns’”

  • Yiman Wang, University of California Santa Cruz

“The Romance of Orientalism and the Passions of Pearl White”

  • Jennifer M. Bean, University of Washington-Seattle  

“Unsung Melodrama: Staging the Aural in Indian Silent Film”

  • Anupama Prabhala, Loyola Marymount University

 

7:30 PM – 9 PM EDT | 7:30 AM – 9 AM June 9 CST

Panel #6: Cross-cultural Discoveries of the Silent Screen

Panel Chair: Kristine Harris, SUNY New Paltz

“Circuits of Mobility in Love and Duty” 

  • Kristine Harris, SUNY New Paltz

“Ita Rina: Searching for the Yugoslav Star of the Silent Screen”

  •          Mina Radovic, Goldsmiths, University of London

Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Online
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Online conference co-sponsors:

Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation

Columbia University

  • Weatherhead East Asian Institute 
  • Dragon Summit Culture Endowment Fund for C. V. Starr East Asian Library