The Cultural Revolution and Its Impact

To accompany Wild Swans, the A.R.T. has organized the following discussion series in collaboration with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.


The upcoming dates are:

Wednesday, March 7, following the 2:00 p.m. performance.
Discussion with the cast of Wild Swans.

Saturday, March 10, following the 2:00 p.m. performance.
Discussion with the cast of Wild Swans.




Thursday, February 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Havard University. Room B-04.

“Artist Talk: Wang Gongxin”

Wang Gongxin
Video Design

Wang Gongxin is one of China’s most respected and influential contemporary artists. His work Here? Or There? (created with Lin Tianmiao) is considered to be among the most important works in recent years. His piece The Sky of Brooklyn: Digging a Hole in Beijing was one of the first site-specific installations in China. His work on video includes The Old Bench, Baby Talk, Public Hallway, and Shepard. His work has been exhibited widely all over the world. In the UK he has been presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Tate Liverpool. He is video designer for the upcoming world premiere adaptation of Jung Chang's celebrated memoir Wild Swans which will open on February 11, 2012, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
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Tuesday, February 14, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Post-performance discussion with A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan

Diane Paulus
A.R.T. Artistic Director

Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director at the A.R.T. At the A.R.T. her recent work includes The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, a new production adapted by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and OBIE-winning composer Diedre Murray, Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus's ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian; Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera a new opera by Tod Machover, in collaboration with MIT Media Lab and Chicago Opera Theater; The Donkey Show a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway and toured internationally; Best of Both Worlds, and Johnny Baseball. Her other recent theater credits include The Public Theater's Tony-Award winning revival of HAIR on Broadway, and London’s West End.  Other recent work includes Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic.) As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company), Il mondo della luna at the Hayden Planetarium in New York; Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn Of The Screw, Cosi fan tutte, and the Monteverdi trilogy Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo at the Chicago Opera Theater.  Diane is a Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department and was recently named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory.

David Lan
Young Vic Artistic Director

As a writer, he has worked with a wide range of directors including Max Stafford-Clark, Katie Mitchell, Stephen Pimlott, Trevor Nunn, Nicholas Wright, Stuart Laing, Andrei Serban, Simona Gonella, Nicholas Hytner, Howard Davies, Stephen Daldry. As a director, his early work included Pericles (RNT Studio), The Glass Menagerie (Watford) and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Young Vic). He was appointed artistic director of the Young Vic in 2000 where he has established the Genesis Directors Project, the Jerwood Directors Award and the Young Vic Award. He won an Olivier Award for the 2004 Young Vic season. Other awards include the John Whiting award, The George Orwell award and the Zurich International Television Prize. He led the £12.5 million rebuild of the Young Vic theatre and the two year Walkabout season while the theatre was closed. His productions at the Young Vic include Julius Caesar (2000), A Raisin in the Sun (2001, revival and tour 2005), Doctor Faustus (2002), The Daughter-in-Law (2002), The Skin of Our Teeth (2004) and As You Like It at Wyndhams (2005) as part of Walkabout. In 2010, he directed August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.





Saturday, February 18, following the 2:00 p.m. matinee
“Literary and Visual Representations of the Cultural Revolution”

Eugene Wang
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University

A native of Jiangsu, China, Eugene Yuejin Wang studied at Fudan University in Shanghai (B.A. 1983; M.A. 1986), and subsequently at Harvard University (A.M. 1990; Ph.D. 1997). His book, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China (2005) has received the Academic Achievement Award in memory of the late Professor Nichijin Sakamoto, Rissho University, Japan. His thirty or so articles published in The Art Bulletin, Art History, Critical Inquiry, Res: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, Public Culture, and elsewhere, cover a wide range of subjects, including ancient bronze mirrors, Buddhist murals and sculptures, reliquaries, scroll paintings, calligraphy, woodblock prints, architecture, photography, and films.

David Der-wei Wang
Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature and Director of CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies, Harvard University

His specialties are Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Late Qing fiction and drama, and Comparative Literary Theory. Wang's English books include Fictional Realism in 20th Century China: Mao Dun, Lao She, Shen Congwen (1992), Fin-de-siecle Splendor: Repressed Mondernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1849-1911 (1997), The Monster That Is History: Violence, History, and Fictional Writing in 20th Century China (2004); and his Chinese books include From Liu E to Wang Zhenhe: Modern Chinese Realist Fiction (1986), Heteroglossia: Chinese Fiction of the 30's and the 80's (1988); Reading Contemporary Chinese Fiction (1991); Narrating China(1993); The Making of the Modern; the Making of A Literature (1997); Methods of Imagining China (1998); After Heteroglossia: Reviews of Contemporary Chinese Fiction(2001); Into the Millennium: 20 Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers (2002); The Monster That Is History (2005). Wang is currently working on a book concerning Chinese Artists and Intellectuals in the mid-20th Century Crisis.

Jie Li
College Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Jie Li received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in East Asian Studies with a secondary field in Film Studies. She is co-editing a volume on “red legacies” in China and working on two book manuscripts: The Past is Not Like Smoke: A Memory Museum of the Maoist Era and Manchurian Cinema from Utopia to Dystopia. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Public Culture, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, China Perspectives, Jump Cut, and Senses of Cinema.




Wednesday February 22, following the 7:30 performance
“The Emotional and Moral Consequences of the Cultural Revolution”

Dr. Arthur Kleinman
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. As of July 2008, he is the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University's Asia Center

The 2001 winner of the Franz Boas Award of the American Anthropological Association (its highest award), Kleinman is a distinguished lifetime fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a former winner of the Doubleday Award from the University of Manchester (UK); Medical Humanities Excellence Award, Imperial College, London; Elysio de Moura Medal, University of Coimbra (Portugal); and Wellcome Medal, Royal Anthropological Institute (UK). Dr. Kleinman has recently completed a collaborative study with health economists from Harvard School of Public Health on health consequences of rural-urban migration in China (funded by the National Science Foundation [NSF]) and studies on stigma in China with Professor Sing Lee of Hong Kong. He chairs Harvard’s Council on Asian Studies, and has been a member of the Center for the Study of World Religions. Kleinman’s collaborative volume on Japanese medical atrocities in China during World War II has recently been published by Routledge. He co-authored articles on stigma and mental illness and on the appropriate uses of culture in clinical practice and a collaborative volume entitled Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person. What Anthropology and Psychiatry Teach Us About China Today, and co-edited Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The quest for an adequate life.




Thursday, February 23, following the 7:30 performance
“Memoirs of China”

Claire Conceison 康开丽
Professor of Theater Studies and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

Claire Conceison holds an A.M. in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University and a PhD in Theatre Studies from Cornell University. Her areas of specialization are contemporary Chinese theater, cross-cultural exchange and performance, Asian American theatre, and sport as performance. She is also an active translator and director. Recent translations include Gao Xingjian’s latest French play Ballade Nocturne (2010) and Meng Jinghui’s Two Dogs’ Opinions on Life. In 2011, she directed a production of Shanghai playwright Nick Rongjun Yu’s play Das Kapital at Duke University. Her book Significant Other: Staging the American in China (2004) examines representations of Americans in Chinese plays. She collaborated with the late Chinese actor and statesman Ying Ruocheng on his autobiography Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage During China's Revolution and Reform (2009; Chinese version 水流云在:英若诚自传).

Xueping Zhong
Professor of Chinese and Director of Chinese Program, Tufts University

Xueping Zhong holds a B.A. from Shanghai Teacher’s University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. Her research focus is on modern Chinese literature, culture, and film.  She is the co-editor of Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era, a collection of memoirs by nine Chinese women who grew up during the Mao era and now live in the United States.




Tuesday, February 28, following the 7:30 performance
“What the Cultural Revolution Means for China Today”

Elizabeth Perry
Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director of Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University

Elizabeth J. Perry is a comparativist with special expertise in the politics of China. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, she has served as the President of the Association for Asian Studies. Professor Perry's research focuses on popular protest and grassroots politics in modern and contemporary China. Her books include Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, 1845-1945 (1980); Chinese Perspectives on the Nien Rebellion (1981); The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China (1985); Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China (1992); Urban Spaces in Contemporary China: The Potential for Autonomy and Community in Chinese Cities (1995); Putting Class in Its Place: Worker Identities in East Asia (1996); Proletarian Power: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution (1997); Danwei: The Changing Chinese Workplace in Historical and Comparative Perspective (1997); Chinese Society: Change, Conflict, and Resistance (2000); Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics (2001); Challenging the Mandate of Heaven: Social Protest and State Power in China (2002); Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China (2002); Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship and the Modern Chinese State (2006); Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China (2007); Mao's Invisble Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (2011); and Anyuan: Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition (forthcoming). Her book, Shanghai on Strike: the Politics of Chinese Labor (1993), won the John King Fairbank prize from the American Historical Association. Her article, "Chinese Conceptions of Rights" (2008), won the Heinz Eulau award from the American Political Science Association.




Wednesday, February 29, following the 7:30 p.m. performance:
“Collecting Oral Histories of Chinese-Born Seniors in Boston"

Nicole Newendorp
Lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies at Harvard University's Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University

Nicole Newendorp is a Lecturer and the Assistant Director of Studies at Harvard University’s Committee on Degrees in Social Studies.  She received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, an M.A. from Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia Program, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology. She was awarded the 2009 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize by the American Association of Anthropology’s Society for East Asian Anthropology for her ethnography of Chinese-Hong Kong cross-border marriage migration, Uneasy Reunions: Immigration, Citizenship, and Family Life in Post 1997 Hong Kong (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her current research focuses on the migration of Chinese-born seniors to the U.S. and explores how these individuals make sense of relocating to the U.S. following their retirement in China.




Thursday, March 1, following the 7:30 p.m. performance:
“Being Foreign in the Cultural Revolution"

Anthony Saich
Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Public Policy Program, which provides training programs for national and local Chinese officials. He is a trustee member of the China Medical Board of New York and International Bridges to Justice and sits on the executive committees of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Asia Center, both at Harvard University. Saich serves as the Harvard representative of the Kennedy Memorial Trust and previously was the representative for the Ford Foundation’s China Office from 1994 to 1999. His current research focuses on politics and governance in post-Mao China, China’s urbanization and rural-urban inequality in China; and the interplay between state and society in Asia and the respective roles they play in the provision of public goods and services at the local level. His most recent books include Governance and Politics of China (Third Edition, 2010); Providing Public Goods in Transitional China (2008); Revolutionary Discourse in Mao’s Republic (with David Apter, 1998); The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party (1996); and China’s Science Policy in the 80s (1989); He has edited books on China's urbanization (with Shahid Yusuf, 2008), HIV/AIDS (with Joan Kaufman and Arthur Kleinman, 2006), and the reform of China’s financial sector.  

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