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Justice through Chinese Film with Alison W. Conner


Justice through Chinese Film with Alison W. Conner

Monday, October 7, 2019
Furman Hall, Room 326
245 Sullivan Street
New York, New York, 10012
12:15 - 1:50 PM

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About the Speaker

Alison Conner is Professor of Law and Director of the International and Graduate Programs at the Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.  She taught at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and the University of Hong Kong for eleven years before joining the University of Hawai`i in 1995.  She has also taught at Nanjing University and Tsinghua University as a Fulbright Professor and at Tongji University in Hawaii’s study abroad program.  In 2016 she was a visiting scholar at the National Taiwan University and then returned to HKU for a semester as a visiting fellow.
Professor Conner’s research interests include legal history and legal education, though more recently she has focused on the depiction of law in Chinese movies.  She has written about divorce in Chinese movies (“Don’t Change Your Husband”), critiques of the legal system in early movies (“Movie Justice”), a late 1940s lawyer-hero (“The Lawyer Who Haunts Us: Yin Zhaoshi and the Bright Day”), trials in Xie Jin’s movies (“Images of Justice and Injustice”), Raj Kapoor’s popular movie (“Trials and Justice in Awaara: A Postcolonial Movie on Post-Revolutionary Screens”), along with a 1980 example of scar cinema that stresses the importance of law (“Law and Justice in Evening Rain”).