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SMLC Seminar: “The Slippery are Very Crafty”: The Politics of Translation in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish
 
 
Date: 25 January 2017 
 
School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU  has the pleasure of inviting you to the SMLC Seminar:

“The Slippery are Very Crafty”: The Politics of Translation in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish
 
Dr. Grace Wang

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm      
Venue: Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

How do we imagine China in the United States, where longstanding Orientalist and Yellow Peril paradigms of structuring Asian difference collide with and become unevenly incorporated into discourses of China’s rise? This talk engages this question through an analysis David Henry Hwang’s play Chinglish. Exploring how the playwright inserts a critical Chinese American perspective into ongoing conversations of U.S.-China relations, the talk examines how Chinglish offers a template of cultural understanding rooted in inaccessibility and the instability of translation.
 
Grace Wang is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis and is currently a Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies at HKU (2016-17). Her research focuses on Asian American literary and expressive cultures, transnationalism, music, and popular culture. She is the author of Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race through Musical Performance (Duke University Press, 2015) and is at work on a new project on transnational Asian American cultural productions.
 
 
 
     
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