Film Night: Chungking Express

Date/Time: Wed, Jan 11, 6:30pm
Location: IB Auditorium
Food (good pizza) & drinks will be provided

Wednesday night will be the screening of  Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express (1994).  Prof Richard Davis and Prof Seth Henderson will both say a few words of introduction to the film and facilitate a discussion after the screening.

There will be free pizza (from a GOOD place for pizza) starting at 6:20pm. The screening will be at the IB Lecture Hall.

See you there!

Made in China: Cities and the People that Make Your Shoes 

“Made in China: Cities and the People that Make Your Shoes” is funded by HRC’s Doc Lab as part of  Doc Lab’s ongoing “Requests for Proposals: Documentary Projects.”

Project members: Cici Cheng (Media and Arts) and UG student (TBD)

Project summary: China continues to have the world’s largest footwear industry. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the country faced quarantines and closed factories, including most of the shoe manufacturing facilities. The pandemic had an impact on both domestic and global manufacturing and distribution operations within these businesses, disrupting an already fragile supply chain. Continue reading “Made in China: Cities and the People that Make Your Shoes “

HRC Doc Lab Project: One Hundred Crossed-Out Messages of Gender Discrimination: A Crypto-philanthropic exploration of feminist NFT PFPs

One Hundred Crossed-Out Messages of Gender Discrimination: A Crypto-philanthropic exploration of feminist NFT PFPs is funded by HRC’s Doc Lab as part of  Doc Lab’s ongoing “Requests for Proposals: Documentary Projects.”

Faculty Advisor: Professor Jung Choi
Undergraduate Researcher: Xinran (Penelope) Lai

Project Summary
Crypto philanthropy, with the word “crypto” referring to “using blockchains and their cousin technologies as tools themselves to achieve impactful outcomes” and the word “philanthropy” concerning “allocating unrestricted capital towards the improvement of society, life, the physical world, and everything in between” (Lehrer 2022), is now gaining increased attention as the concept of cryptocurrency continues to emerge and thrive in many areas. For example, cheecoin (CHEE), Hollywood’s first NFT and game metaverse token, focuses on helping stray animals. Continue reading “HRC Doc Lab Project: One Hundred Crossed-Out Messages of Gender Discrimination: A Crypto-philanthropic exploration of feminist NFT PFPs”

Student Report: Ascension 登楼叹 Q&A Session & Interview

Q&A session with Maggie Li
Reported by Zishuo Wu, Class of 2024

Tonight’s first screening in the 2022 academic year, Ascension (Kingdon, 2021) is an Oscar-nominated American documentary depicting class inequality in China. After screening the splendid realistic observational documentary, the producer of Ascension, Maggie Li, was invited to the Question & Answer session hosted by DKU Humanities Research Center.

Maggie began this session by introducing her contribution to the documentary. “There exist two kinds of producers,” said Maggie, “the first kind invests money and contributes nothing else; the other kind works on every part of the production.” As a producer of the second kind, Maggie made sure everything in the movie was working — communicating with organizations, companies, and individuals about their appearance in the documentary, and proofreading the translation and edits made to the film. The production took four years in total. With almost everything done by only a team of three people, the success of the documentary is unbelievable. She also shared that she was majoring in nano-science, though ended up working in filming industries.

Below is the Q&A session with Maggie Li:  Continue reading “Student Report: Ascension 登楼叹 Q&A Session & Interview”

Ascension 登楼叹: Documentary Screening with Filmmaker

Humanities Research Center’s Doc Lab and Center for the Study of Contemporary China Present:
Documentary Screening with Filmmaker
Q&A Session with co-producer, Maggie Li, will follow film screening

Date: Wed, Sept 28, 6:00pm BJT
Location: IB-1008 (IB-Auditorium)
Zoom ID: 530.394.0458

Screen the film up to 48 hours in advance at the following link:

Ascension, nominated for an Oscar as best documentary feature, explores the myriad corners of China’s increasingly stratified economic classes. Everything we use every day is the product of someone else’s labor. Cellphones and computers, water bottles and plastic cutlery, soap dispensers and blankets are all items in one interconnected chain of global capitalism that the documentary Ascension explores with curiosity, candor and criticism.

Continue reading “Ascension 登楼叹: Documentary Screening with Filmmaker”

Doc Lab Research Project: Documenting the Sustainability of Localized Organic Farming

HRC Doc Lab‘s research “Documenting the Sustainability of Localized Organic Farming” is an episodic documentary video and photo essay that will focus on the Yue Feng Island Organic Farm which is located in Kunshan. The documentary will investigate the sustainability of smart agriculture at the intersectionality of culture, linguistics, economics, ecology, and environmental studies. The documentary will consist of three parts: 1) the regional oral culture: the connection between traditional farming culture and the local Kunshan dialect, 2) the relationship between crop diversity and genetically modified food, and 3) sustainability in smart agriculture: how the farmers and administrators incorporate the idea of sustainability into production and operation.

Project members: Continue reading “Doc Lab Research Project: Documenting the Sustainability of Localized Organic Farming”

Humanities Research Center Current Research Projects

The Humanities Research Center proudly announces the current research projects being conducted by the HRC labs. We invite you stay in touch with updates on each of these projects by checking the news sections of our website and following our weekly newsletter.


Title: The Neganthropocene and Arts (Case studies in China)
Who: Prof. Jung Choi, Meixuan Wang, Yujia Zhai
Project summary: Inspired by the notion of Neganthropocene by a French Philosopher, Bernard Stiegler, the study explores innovative tactics by Chinese emerging artists that challenge the human-centered logic of understanding the world.

Title: DKU Augmented Reality (AR) Campus
Who: Prof. Xin Tong, Prof. Jung Choi, student researchers Qingyang He, Tony Ren, Weiran Li, and Ruiqi Chen
Project summary: In the research, we are creating an AR mobile app, DKU AR Campus, and investigating how augmented reality technology can support spatial digital co-creation and social interaction. We aim to understand multi-users’ social dynamics and examine their co-creation behaviors in an embodied AR context and derive design implications to shed light on future research. Continue reading “Humanities Research Center Current Research Projects”

HRC Doc Lab Requests for Proposals: Documentary Projects

The Humanities Research Center’s Doc Lab seeks proposal submissions for documentary projects. The projects can be rooted in any discipline and/or be interdisciplinary in nature as long as they incorporate a humanities perspective. The projects can be based in any medium of preference.

Both students and faculty are invited to submit project proposals. Students who would like to submit proposals are required to find at least one DKU faculty member to mentor the project. Faculty who submit a proposal must incorporate at least one student role as part of the project. Teams featuring multiple student roles are highly encouraged. Proposals that include or consist of Signature Work projects are welcome.

Funding Amount Continue reading “HRC Doc Lab Requests for Proposals: Documentary Projects”

Doc Lab Presents: Podcasting Workshop

Date/Time: Friday, April 1, 2022, 11am-1:30pm
Location: DKU theater room in the Blue Oasis

Have you ever been curious about how a podcast or audio documentary is made?  Have you wanted to make your own or be on a team that produces them?  In this workshop, you will get the chance to do it.  In a small group, we will work together to:

  • Learn how to record clean sound, edit your clips, and sound design
  • Learn the art of interviewing and how to put it all together to form a story
  • Produce your own story (individual or in a team)
    What we will do:
  • What kinds of podcasts are out there?
  • Recording clean sound
  • Art of the interview
  • Practice interview
  • Getting to know the editing software
  • Sound design

All DKU students are invited!

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