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Whitworth to host film and lecture series featuring rare Chinese films

October 3, 2013

The Whitworth History Department will present “China in Transition,” a four-part film and lecture series starting Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 111 in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Each film viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julie Shanholtzer at (509) 777-4963 or

“China's current rise to global economic and cultural power requires all of us to better understand the culture and issues of their country,” says Anthony Clark, associate professor of history at Whitworth. “These films are powerful and hard-hitting explorations of China's cultural transition from empire to modern nation, and are rarely seen outside of Asia.”

Each of the following films will be introduced and discussed afterward by Clark.

 The Goddess: This 1934 silent film deals with the life of a Chinese prostitute as she raises her son in a disapproving society. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

 Family: Made in 1957, this film addresses the oppression of China’s patriarchal society. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

 Devils at the Doorstep: This modern film, made in 2000 and subsequently banned in China, is about the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

 Blind Mountain: This 2007 film explores the current problem of female abduction and forced marriage, and is now also banned in China. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

“The films all include English subtitles and were selected for their artistic brilliance and cultural relevance,” Clark says.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Julie Shanholtzer, assistant to the dean of the college of arts & sciences, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4963 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or