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Chinese Film Screening: Eat Drink Man Woman 饮食男女

Time: Friday, 23.02.2018, 4 -7 p.m
Venue: Unioninkatu 38F211

Eat Drink Man Woman (饮食男女) is a 1994 film directed by Ang Lee, and the first of Lee's films to be both a critical and box office success. This drama centers upon the relationships within a Taipei family: a senior master chef and his three grown daughters.
Together with The Wedding Banquet (喜宴) and Pushing Hands (推手), the three films show the tensions between the generations of a Confucian family, between East and West, and between tradition and modernity, forming what has been called Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy. In 1994, the film received the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Film, and in 1995 it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
The screening has English subtitles.

No advanced registration needed. But we do have limited chairs in the venue, so first come first served.

This screening is part of the course “Chinese Film Culture: Series of Screening and Lectures”, hosted by the Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki. There’ll be a brief introduction before the screening, as well as a short lecture and discussion afterwards all conducted in English. The event is for free and open to the public, but please note that whoever attends also needs to respect rules at the University. No food or colored drinks are allowed in the classroom.




GUEST LECTURE: Role of the Chinese-Eastern Railway and the City of Harbin in forming the Image of Russia in Northeast China

Venue: Unioninkatu 35, SH114
Time: March 27, 2018, 10:15 -11:15
Speaker: Prof. Nikolay Samoylov (St. Petersburg State University)

The Chinese Eastern Railway (CER) and the city of Harbin historically played an important role in Sino-Russian relations. They not only influenced economic and political development of Northeast China, but also played sociocultural role in interaction between the two countries. The Chinese Eastern Railway (CER) and the city of Harbin actively made influenced on the formation of the image of Russia and Russians in China.

Formation and development of the image depend on numerous factors including visual objects. In this context architectural monuments and engineering structures, especially if they are carefully preserved, occupy an important place in the historical memory discourse. Nowadays, the attitude to the foreign heritage has generally changed in China. In particular, this refers to the evaluation of the achievements brought to China by foreigners and their significance for the country. This also applies to what has been preserved from the Russian buildings in Harbin and along the line of the CER. The architectural and construction heritage of the CER becomes an object of studies.

In his lecture Prof. Samoylov will present a consistent outline of the history of Sino-Russian sociocultural interaction in Northeast China and analyze various stages of formation of the image of Russia and Russians in that region. Sino-Russian mutual images formed in previous times have an influence on contemporary Sino-Russian relations. Their role is also important within the process of political and sociocultural interaction.

Prof. Samoylov is the head of Department of Theory of Asian and African Social Development as well as the director of the Center for Chinese Studies at St. Petersburg State University.
This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki.


GUEST LECTURE: SOE Reform and Party-Business Relations in China

Time: 10 April 2018, 10:15-11:45
Venue: Unioninkatu 35, SH114
Speaker: Prof. Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard (柏思德), Copenhagen Business School

Chinese business groups have grown into huge enterprises with significant economic and political clout. As a result of institutional reform, corporate restructuring, and listings in China and abroad, these business groups, especially within the energy sector, have become so big, profitable and well-connected that they are challenging the authority of the central government.  Yet, increasingly, business leaders are appointed to government positions as ministers or provincial governors.  What is the mechanism of this elite circulation and how does it impact the power relations between Party-state- business in China as well as the likelihood of fundamental SOE reform? The seminar advances the notion of fragmented integration to characterize the evolving relationship between business groups and the Party-state.  The seminar also argues that in order to abolish vested interests and interest politics, reform of the role, function, and organization of Chinese business groups is necessary.

Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard is Professor at the Department of International Economics and Management and Director of the China Studies programme at the Copenhagen Business School.  He is the author or editor of 30 books, most recently Chinese Politics as Fragmented Authoritarianism: Earthquakes, Energy and Environment (2016); From Accelerated Accumulation to Socialist Market Economy in China: Economic Discourse and Development From 1953 to the Present (2017) and Critical Readings on the Chinese Communist Party, 4 vols. (2017).

Professor Brødsgaard has held visiting research appointments in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA. He is, among others, member of the International Advisory Board of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore; member of the Board of Sino-Danish University Centre for Education and Research, and member of the Board of Directors, the Danish-Chinese Business Forum. He is also a Non-resident Professor at the Institute of Public Policy, South China University of Technology; an Honorary Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Contemporary China, School of Government, Peking University.




Book Launch of “Managing Expatriates in China: A Language and Identity Perspective”

(Palgrave Studies in Chinese Management) presented by main author Dr. Ling Eleanor Zhang (Royal Holloway University of London) and commented by Prof. Jeff Hearn (Hanken School of Economics) and Mr. Mika Toivola (Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Futuriot Oy)

Time: 17 April 2018, 10:15-11:45
Venue: Unioninkatu 35, SH114

This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki and Hanken School of Economics.



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