Princess Iron Fan (1941) at the Crossroad of Cultures: Chinese Animation and its Imprints in Japanese Visual Culture

Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 19 October, 2023
6:00pm BST - 7:00pm BST


Online lecture via Zoom.
50 min lecture followed by Q&A.
Free and open to all, booking essential.
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Dr Panpan Yang (SOAS)

About the Talk

At the crossroad of American, Chinese, and Japanese cultures, the talk details the production and reception history of Princess Iron Fan (1941), the so-called first feature-length animated film in Asia. Rather than imagining two cultures on both sides of a border and seeing the (trans)local reception as an experience of border-crossing, I propose a different way of understanding it: the border is always a contact zone (though perhaps very thin); it is a space as well. Translation and appropriation, as well as interdictions and bans, shape such a zone.

About the Speaker

Panpan Yang is a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology and Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies at SOAS University of London. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is currently completing her first book on the history of Chinese animation from the 1920s to the present, with a focus on animation’s encounters with other artforms, including photography, painting, calligraphy, and porcelain. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project on calligraphic imagination in contemporary art and emergent media (2023-25).

Image: Osamu Tezuka watching Princess Iron Fan (1941) in a movie theatre in 1942 Japan, still from Osamu Tezuka Story: I am Son-Goku (1989)

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