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Japanese Memories of Violence – Film Symposium

Documentary maker and Visiting Associate Professor at the JMSC, Nancy Tong, will screen her prize winning documentary, In the Name of the Emperor, at a film symposium titled History, Trauma and Memory on Wednesday, February 3,  at T2, Meng Wah Complex, HKU.

Chinese film maker, Li Ying, the Executive Producer and Director of another award winning documentary, Yasakuni, will also take part in discussions after showing part of his film.

In the Name of the Emperor  looks specifically at the rape of Nanking in 1937, in which Japanese soldiers ransacked the occupied city, raping and massacring civilians. Yasukuni  looks at the eponymous shrine in Tokyo that honours Japanese war dead. Visits to the shrine by Japanese politicians have caused controversy because it also commemorates Japanese convicted of committing war crimes in China and elsewhere during the Second World War.

In this symposium, held by the Department of Comparative Literature, humanities scholars from the School of Chinese and the Department of Comparative Literature join the two documentary makers to discuss post-atrocity memories, Nanking, and the power of documentary film.

Event: A Documentary Film Symposium: History, Trauma and Memory
Date: Wednesday, February 3 2010
Time: 5.00 – 8.30pm
Venue: T2, Meng Wah Complex, HKU

The symposium will be conducted in English.  All are welcome.
Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For enquiries,
please contact Joyce Lam (