A funny film, and a leading Chinese thinker in D.C.


Upcoming events in D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. Feel free to send me info (at jeremy@supchina.com) about relevant events of jobs — just include a link to a web page that contains details.  

Leading critical intellectual Wu Si in D.C. tomorrow

Tomorrow, the American Mandarin Society hosts a conversation (in Chinese) with one of China’s leading intellectuals, Wú Sī 吴思, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The topic is the idea of “officialism” (官家主义 guānjiā zhǔyì) — “an important concept in China’s historical development, and how it continues to impact China today.”

  • Wu Si is the chair of the Unirule Institute of Economics — a venerated, genuinely independent think tank currently under assault from the Party.
  • Wu was formerly the chief editor of Yánhuáng Chūnqiū 炎黄春秋, a venerated journal with liberal political leadings that the Party shut down in 2016.    
  • RSVP required at the Mandarin Society website.

A funny film from Taiwan — New York and D.C. in November

“Humor, a perennial scarcity in the self-serious world of art-house cinema, is in pleasingly abundant supply in Taiwanese director Huang Hsin-yao’s The Great Buddha+,” wrote critic Jordan Cronk.

  • The Great Buddha+ (大佛普拉斯 dàfó pǔlāsī) is Taiwan’s entry for the best foreign-language film award at the 91st Oscars. The film’s website is here, and includes a trailer: This film looks to be a lot of fun!
  • The film opens in New York on November 23 and Los Angeles on November 30, with Huang Hsin-Yao (黄信尧 Huáng Xìnyáo) attending in person, according to the publicity materials.