Weaving Narratives

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June Yip in “Constructing a Nation: Taiwanese History and Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien” argues that history should no longer be conceived as “univocal, seamless narrative but as a complex dialogic web of multiple, heterogeneous, and fragmentary stories that by chance touch, intersect, and sometimes contradict each other” (4). I believe this is just as important […]

Mao’s Last Dancer Section 1

Li speaks Chinese while in an American setting

In Mao’s Last Dancer (2010, Dir. Bruce Beresford), Li Cunxin is portrayed as a non-racist character as assessed through Wu’s three-pronged theoretical ideal of a Chinese-American character. Wu’s three-pronged theoretical ideal of a Chinese-American character. Unlike the classic Hollywood films that we studied in class, Li Cunxin’s character is realistically shaped by his cultural environment in Communist […]

Priscilla Lin


Priscilla Lin is a junior majoring in East Asian Studies and Environmental Policy at the College of William and Mary. She currently serves as President of Agape Christian Fellowship on campus. Growing up in metropolitan DC, Priscilla has developed a fondness for learning about a place’s rich history and culture. Her latest adventure was a self-guided […]