Performance, Politics, and Modern China; Or, How to Tell Your Parent(s) that You're Majoring in the Arts

College students today face a world filled with paradoxes. Technology, travel, and globalization have made the world smaller than ever, while at the same time the COVID pandemic and political differences seem only to widen the distance between “us” and “them.” This lecture will use the example of researching contemporary China to show how much fighting against political division and cross-cultural misunderstanding matters today. As for what we should do about it? Simple: make art! 


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Tarryn Li-Min Chun

Assistant Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre

College of Arts and Letters

About the Lecturer

Tarryn Chun’s research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese theatre, and she teaches courses in Asian theatre, global theatre history, intercultural performance, adaptation, and intersections among theatre and other arts/media. She also holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and is a faculty fellow at the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

Professor Chun has published widely in both English and Chinese. Her first book, Revolutionary Stagecraft: Theater, Technology, and Politics in Modern China looks at the relationship between technological innovation and artistic innovation in 20th century Chinese theater, and she recently won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her new research project, “Spectacle and Excess in Global Chinese Performance.” 

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