Ai Xiaoming to Address Gender Equality, Social Activism in China

  • on 18 Mar 2008
  • Gailor Auditorium

Ai Xiaoming will give a talk entitled "China and the Quest for Gender Equality: the Making of a Documentary" on March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Ai Xiaoming is a cultural critic, social activist and professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong (Canton) China, where she directs the Comparative Literature and World Literatures Section and is program leader of the Sex/Gender Education Forum.

Professor Ai was a visiting research fellow at Sewanee during the 1999-2000 academic year.

Professor Ai established an independent digital video studio in 2004, aimed at empowering marginalized groups by providing media training workshops. The video programs produced in that workshop have been distributed to universities and NGOs throughout China to support the curriculum on women's rights, and gender issues, and human rights in general.

Her documentaries have won many awards. In her talk, she will provide background on the cultural and social issues she has addressed, her personal experiences as a cultural critic, and will show clips from some of her documentaries.

For more information about her work, see the 2005 interview posted here.

This event is made possible by ASIANetwork, a consortium of more than 170 North American colleges that strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education, the Asian Studies Program of the University of the South, supported through a grant from the Luce Foundation, and The "How Then, Shall We Live" lecture series, and supported by the University of the South's Program for Theological Reflection of Vocation.