“Cinema as Soft Power, Soft Power as Method”
Speaker: Prof. Lim Song Hwee
Date: 8 March 2019 (Fri)
Venue: Room 101, Leung Kau Kui Building, CUHK
This talk proposes an understanding of cinema as a form of soft power tool and Taiwan as a paradigmatic example of cinema’s effect in assisting a small nation gain prominence on the international stage. Its object of analysis is Taiwan New Cinema (hereafter TNC), a movement that begun in the early 1980s that has attracted global attention for nearly forty years. The talk will lay out the premise for TNC’s soft power and draw out some methodological implications for a study of this kind. In arguing for TNC’s significance as a case of a small nation with enormous soft power, this talk aims to push us to recast the terms and stakes of both cinema studies and soft power studies in academia.
About the speaker:
Lim Song Hwee is Professor of Cultural Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the author of, among others, Tsai Ming-liang and a Cinema of Slowness (University of Hawai’i Press, 2014). He recently completed a book manuscript entitled “Taiwan New Cinema as Soft Power: Authorship, Transnationality, Historiography” under the aegies of a CUHK-Clare Hall (Cambridge) Visiting Fellowship. He is also recipient of a CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2016/17.