The 11th Annual ChinaFest is held during February 11-14, 2016
All film screenings are at Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall, The Robins School of Business, University of Richmond; in partnership with International Film Series (IFS).
We want to pay special tribute to Paul Porterfield who had been instrumental in the success of the film component of our ChinaFest in the past ten years.
Thursday, FEBRUARY 11
Xi Jinping's China:
Goals, Challenges, and Prospects
Co-sponsored with UR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., International Commons, Carole Weinstein International Center
Xi Jinping has laid out a very ambitious program
of wide-ranging reform to set China on a
sustainable path to wealth and power. The
presentation will explain why Xi believes
major reforms are so necessary, his strategy for
achieving them, and the prospects for his success.
Please join us for a stimulating evening with
renowned China scholar Kenneth Lieberthal.
In 1983, Dr. Lieberthal joined the University of Michigan political
science faculty and served as the director of the Center for Chinese
Studies from 1986 to 1989. From 1998 to 2000, he served as special
assistant to President Clinton for national security affairs and senior
director for Asia on the National Security Council. Upon his retirement
from the University of Michigan in 2009, Dr. Lieberthal joined the
Brookings Institution, where he is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and
Global Economy and Development. From 2009 to 2012, he served as
director of the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings.
|Saturday, FEBRUARY 13
ChinaFest Family Day
— Year of the Fire Monkey
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Bring the whole family to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Chinese
Year of the Fire Monkey and explore Chinese art and culture. Enjoy the
Lion Dance Performance and a multitude of artist demonstrations. Join
in the adventures of the Monkey King during performances by Galapagos
Puppets. Learn about Chinese traditional arts by creating your own Peking
Opera mask, a dragon puppet, decorative scroll and a New Year lantern.
Then get moving with a red ribbon dance instrument! Don't forget to get
your face painted as your favorite Zodiac Animal and head over to our
'selfie' setup for a photo-op! Free and open to the public. No registration
|Photograph courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
© Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
|ChinaFest Year of the Fire Monkey Family Event is
generously sponsored by WestRock Foundation and
the Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding.
Sunday, FEBRUARY 14
Eleven Treasures from the Chinese
1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Collection Focus Talk and Tea
Reception, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from
Nature, University of Richmond Museums
Film Screening Schedules
The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven
China, 1964, directed by Wan Laiming, 87 min., not rated
Introduction and Q&A by Dr. Gengsong Gao, Assistant
Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Richmond
Produced by China’s first animator, this Chinese animated
classic is an adaptation of Journey to the West (1592), a
masterpiece of Chinese vernacular novels. In it, the Monkey
King is twice lured to heaven to be monitored and kept in
check by the Emperor of the Heavens.
To no one’s delight, he releases the
horses of the imperial stables and eats
the rare peaches of immortality. In
retaliation, the Emperor unleashes his
wrath by deploying a legion of troops
against the Monkey King.
No. 89 Shimen Road
China, 2010, directed by Haolun Shu, 85 min., not rated
Set in a close-knit neighborhood of 1980s Shanghai, Xiaoli
is lured by the wave of a new cultural revolution fueled
by the West. He and the two young women closest to him
are forced to grow up quickly, while making decisions that
will affect their future. Lanmi scandalously gets involved
with foreign businessmen,
while Lili wants to join student
Xiaoli, meanwhile, is forced to
grow up, while leaving behind
Taiwan, 1998, directed by Kuo-Fu Chen, 104 min., not rated
Who knew it would be so hard to find Mr. Right in a
country with a billion people? Isolation amongst the
crowd—that’s what leads ophthalmologist Due to blind
dating. She places an ad in the personals and embarks
on a series of dates that range from comical to absurd.
We get close-ups of her eyes
and reactions throughout,
but soon learn she is blind to
the reason for her search.
China, 2006, directed by Xin Xu, 110 min., not rated
In this documentary on the state of Sichuan Opera,
we see the plight of traditional performing artists to
survive in parallel with the influx of popular culture.
The film follows two opera masters who are now
open to performing pop songs and touring in cheap
venues. This new change
in culture is juxtaposed
agains t t h e g r u e l ing
rehearsals and training
undertaken t o save a
genre in Chinese musical
Enter the Dragon
USA, 1973, directed by Robert Clouse, 102 min., rated R
Introduction and Q&A by Dr. Jessica Ka Yee Chan, Assistant
Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Richmond
Considered one of the greats in the martial arts
film genre and Bruce Lee’s final film, a martial
arts master goes undercover to bring down a
mob boss. Lee then learns that the crime ring is
also responsible for the earlier death of his sister
and sets out for vengeance. Through a variety of
p l o t t w i s t s , Lee
Han, the ringleader,
in a room full of
mirrors that makes
reality difficult to
ChinaFest 2016 Acknowledgements, with thanks to:
Our committee members for their devotion and hard work: Dr. Irby
Brown, Co-Chair, Rose Nan-Ping Chen, Co-Chair, Cheryl Clark, Cathy
Hinton, Kathryn Gray, Mary Nelson, Franklin Propert, and Bertie Selvey.
Dr. Martha Merritt and her team at the School of International Education,
University of Richmond, for its generous support; Dr. Joe Hoff for
his guidance; Professor Jessica Chan and Professor Gengsong Gao for
their participation in our film selections as well as discussion with the
audiences. Molly Fair for help with obtaining the films and Michael
Warchol for logistical support.
Our programming partners for their behind-the scenes coordination and
support: Peggy Watson of UR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Richard
Waller, Director at UR Museums; Jessica Bauserman, Celeste Fetta,
Lulan Yu, Merenda Woodward and staff members of Art and Education
Division and many others at the VMFA.
Our distinguished speakers for their outstanding scholarship and
contributions. Our many presenters for sharing their time and talents.
Our deepest gratitude to all the contact persons, coordinators and
volunteers who made ChinaFest truly a community effort.
The Eleventh Annual ChinaFest is made possible by: The
Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding; WestRock
Foundation; County of Henrico; Dominion; The Anne Carter
Robins & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation; University of
Richmond (UR); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA);
Virginia Film Office; Evergreen Enterprises; The Peachtree
House Foundation; The Rock Foundation.
List of Supporters
In-kind donors: The Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the U.S.
in Washington, D.C.; Universal Leaf; Bill and Bertie Selvey.
Donor: Dr. Ruiping Chi; US-China Peoples Friendship Association,