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Third World Internationalism in the Peking Opera On the Dock

Third World Internationalism in the Peking Opera On the Dock
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Apr 8th, 1:00 pm End: Apr 8th, 3:00 pm
Interest Categories: East Asian Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000
Talk by Ban Wang, Stanford University

The Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Studies presents East Asia Seminar Series

Third World Internationalism in the Peking Opera On the Dock

Cosmopolitanism based on the Cold War rhetoric of development denies the third world nations their rights to self-determination. In contrast, internationalism expresses a shared democratic aspiration for national autonomy, self-directed ways of life, and solidarity among working people of the world. This talk will illustrate the political distance between capitalist cosmopolitanism and third world internationalism by reading the Peking Opera On the Dock (??Haigang 1972). The opera focuses on the Shanghai dock as a locus of an unfinished drama extending from memories of colonial oppression to the scenes of empowered workers as the masters of the Shanghai dock. It offers an image of international assistance and trade, with cargos bound for the vast continents in the global South. The motifs of internationalism, socialism, and industrial self-management converge in a tightly woven narrative.

Ban Wang is William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of The Sublime Figure of History, Illuminations from the Past, and History and Memory. He has edited 6 books on Chinese cinema, revolution, socialism, the New Left, and Chinese visions of the world.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Rachel Ostep at 416-946-8996



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