This online screening and discussion series explores how the category and concept of “Indigenous identity” has taken on divergent meanings. This event is sponsored by the Center for Experimental Ethnography, the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and Penn Global Engagement Fund. 

This online event, featuring eleven films, three pre-recorded conversations between filmmakers and scholars, and a live Zoom discussion examines Indigeneity in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In each political space, “Indigenous” has come to represent and symbolize the different stakes of identity, culture, and heritage in the modern world, while grappling with ongoing political tensions around national sovereignty, China’s global influence, and social solidarity. The films and speakers all approach Indigeneity from their own personal backgrounds and experiences as citizens, artists, and scholars from and working in China, Hong Kong, and/or Taiwan. Pre-recorded conversations between the filmmakers, curator Jenny Chio, and invited scholars can be viewed on the event website (www.filmandethnography.org, no password required).

Register here to receive the password to view films in the China and Taiwan/Cross-Straits Dialogue programs between Friday, April 23 and Friday, April 30, 2021. You will also receive the Zoom link to join the live discussion on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7 pm EST. The film in the Hong Kong program requires separate registration; please visit our dedicated event website for details (www.filmandethnography.org).