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CHOP Film Series | People’s Republic of Desire (2018) FILM & PANEL

Director Hao Wu with U-M guest panelists
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
7:00-9:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Please note that all listed times for the CHOP Film Series are Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China's digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives. The New York Times called the film “hypercharged,” while The Los Angeles Times said it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.”

1hr 18 min; Chinese with English subtitles

Winner of Grand Jury Award (Documentary) at 2018 SXSW (South by Southwest Festival).  

Discussants: Director Wu with Brian Wu (Professor of Strategy, Ross School of Business) and Sheng Zou (LRCCS Postdoctoral Fellow)

Xun (Brian) Wu is Professor of Strategy and a Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He serves as the faculty director of China Initiatives. His research examines the role of firm capabilities in influencing the dynamics of corporate scope and the evolution of industries. He also explores how competitive advantage is created and destroyed when industry landscapes are reshaped by economic, technological, and institutional factors.

Sheng Zou is a postdoctoral research fellow at the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. As a scholar of media and cultural studies, he has published works on Chinese digital culture and media industries, including the live-streaming boom. He is particularly interested in how digital technologies reshape modes of cultural production and governance in China and how they refashion subjectivities, mobilities, and social interactions.

Please register for this Zoom webinar here:

See also CHOP events on:

October 7 (All in My Family):

October 8 (76 Days):

CHOP (China Ongoing Perspectives) movie series, a collaboration between LRCCS and the Asia Library, will spotlight the films of award-winning director Hao Wu 吴皓, a U-M Ross alumnus originally trained as a microbiologist who followed the internet world before focusing on filmmaking.

Hao Wu takes a raw and human approach to story-telling in an era when culture evolves online and across borders.  His recent films provide a critical examination of contemporary Chinese culture by covering China’s online universe, LGBTQ parenting, and the pandemic in Wuhan.  U-M faculty and guest discussants will add their insights into the post screening Q&A, and Director Wu will be present at all events.  The festival is being organized as a virtual mini film festival.  Please stay tuned for updates and Zoom links on the LRCCS website.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: China, Film
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University Library, International Institute, Michigan Ross, Asian Languages and Cultures