Callahan shows ‘China Shadows’ film at UQ

This seminar offers a film screening followed by a discussion with the film’s director – Prof. William A Callahan (University of Manchester).

After decades of Cold War hostility, in the late 1970s people from the US and its allies started going to China – again. ‘China Shadows(28 min.) presents memories of these first encounters, raising questions of where is China, what is China, and who is Chinese.

These interviews with people from Thailand, the US, Taiwan, Belarus, England and India form the basis of a growing archive of first encounters with Otherness – or more to the point, they record diverse experiences of what it means to be the Other in China.

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About William A. Callahan

William A. Callahan is professor of international politics and China studies at the University of Manchester, and was co-director of BICC from 2006-2013. His research examines the interplay of ideas, politics and policy and the overlap of domestic and international politics, especially in China. His is author of China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (OUP, 2013), China: The Pessoptimist Nation (OUP, 2010), Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations, and co-editor of China Orders the World: Normative Soft Power and Foreign Policy (Johns Hopkins, 2012). He also makes video documentaries about China and Sino-foreign encounters.