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Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities

1st Edition

Edited by Vivienne Lo, Chris Berry, Guo Liping


256 pages

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Hardback: 9781138580299
pub: 2019-10-31
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This edited volume will explore a wide range of issues relating to health, medicine, and the body in China and other societies identified as Chinese during the past century, through the medium of the moving image. Drawing on both feature and documentary films from mainland China and elsewhere in sinophone cultures, it will examine the representation in film of many important aspects of modern Chinese experiences of health, illness, and medical care, including the work of ‘barefoot doctors’ during the Cultural Revolution, the HIV/AIDs epidemic during the 1980s and ’90s, changing attitudes towards the physically challenged since the 1970s, and the virtual privatisation of the Chinese health care system during the post-Mao Zedong ‘Reform era’. The aim is to achieve a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the changes which have transformed the lives and embodied experience of people in China since the start of the twentieth century. Each study will deliver a critical analysis of cinematic representations and treatments of health care, health conditions and health-related issues in the light of ideas drawn from close reading of a film, from critical theory in gender, cultural and science studies and other academic disciplines, and by setting the films and the issues that they highlight in their historical and contexts. The volume will end with a forward-looking section, asking how moving image materials can be used in future in the training of health professionals, in treating patients, and in health-care.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Vivienne Lo, Chris Berry and Guo Liping

Part 1: Cross Cultural Histories of the Body and its Care

1. Dead or Alive: Martial Arts and The Forensic Gaze, Vivienne Lo

2.How to be a Good Maoist Doctor: Wuyingdeng xia song yinzhen 无影灯下颂银针 (An Ode to the Silver Needle Under a Shadowless Lamp, 1974), Leon Antonio Rocha

3.Self-Care, Yangsheng and Mutual Aid in Zhang Yang’s Shower (Xizao 洗澡 (1999), Michael J Clark

4. Sentiments like Water: Unsettling Pathologies of Homosexual and Sadomasochistic Desire, Derek Hird

Part 2: Film and the Public Sphere

5.The Fever with No Name: Genre-blending Responses to the HIV-tainted Blood Scandal in 1990’s China, Marta Hanson

6. Fortune Teller: The Visible and Invisible, Lili Lai

7. Longing for the Rain: Journeys into the Dislocated Female Body of Urban China, Vivienne Lo and Serenity Nashuyuan Wang

Part 3: Improving the Education and Training of Health Professionals

8. The Gigantic Black Citadel: Design of Death and Medical Humanities Pedagogy in China, Guo Liping

9. Blind Massage: Sense and Sensuality, Chris Berry

10.Cinemeducation and Disability: An Undergraduate Special Study Module for Medical Students in China, Daniel Vuillermin

Part 4: Transforming Self-health Care in the Digital Age

11. Raising Awareness about Anti-microbial Resistance: a Nationwide Video and Arts Competition for Chinese University Students using Social Media, Therese Hesketh, Zhou Xudong and Wang Xiaomin

12. Queer Comrades: Digital Video Documentary and LGBTQ Health Activism in China. Hongwei Bao

13.Recovering from Mental Illness and Suicidal Behaviour in a Culturally Diverse Context: The Use of Digital Storytelling in Cross-cultural Medical Humanities and Mental Health, Ermnia Colucci and Susan McDonough

14. Food-related Yangsheng Short Videos among the Retired Population in Shanghai, Xinyuan Wang and Vivienne Lo

About the Editors

Chris Berry is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. In the 1980s, he worked for China Film Import and Export Corporation in Beijing, and his academic research is grounded in work on Chinese cinema and other Chinese screen-based media, as well as neighbouring countries. He is especially interested in queer screen cultures in East Asia; mediatised public space in East Asian cities; and national and transnational screen cultures in East Asia. Together with John Erni, Peter Jackson, and Helen Leung, he edits the Queer Asia book series for Hong Kong University Press. Prior to his current appointment, he taught at La Trobe University in Melbourne, The University of California, Berkeley, and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Guo Liping ???has an M.A in English and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. She is currently Professor of English and Deputy Director at the Institute for Medical Humanities, PKU. Her research interests include literature and medicine, Medical Humanities education, as well as medical exchanges between China and the United States. In the past decade, she has published nearly 30 articles and book chapters in the above fields and edited two books.

Vivienne Lo is a Senior Lecturer and director of the China Centre for Health and Humanity at UCL. She is well published in the history of medicine in China with a particular interest in visual culture. She initiated the first ever postgraduate module on Chinese Film and the Body.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / History
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies