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Feb. 16, 2005

Chinese Writer To Discuss Contemporary Film, Censorship Feb. 21

Following a childhood marked by the repression of China's Cultural Revolution, Ying Tang has emerged as a prize-winning, widely anthologized writer and prominent TV and film producer and director. Tang, the 2005 International Programs Writer-in-Residence, will speak about "Contemporary Film and Censorship in China" in the International Center Lounge at noon on Monday, Feb. 21, as part of the International Mondays lecture series.

Tang will focus on contemporary cinema and censorship issues in China and how they relate to her docudrama "Go for Broke" (2001), a film set in Shanghai about the trials and entrepreneurial spirit of workers laid-off from government owned factories in China. The film was heavily censored in China. Tang will also discuss the production process for "Go For Broke" and the state of contemporary cinema in China. The film is available on DVD or VHS video from International Programs outreach staff at 319-335-0345 or 319-335-1433.

Despite being bombarded with slogans such as "The more books you read, the more stupid you become," which infiltrated schools throughout China during her youth, Tang found success in reading, writing and telling the stories of Chinese immigrants abroad - a prominent subject in her writing.

She is currently working on a documentary film project titled "Another China" about the population of expatriate Chinese writers and artists in New York. Her most recent published works include the novellas "No Love in Shanghai" (2002) and "Senseless Journey" (2003), a story of two random lovers in Malaysia experiencing the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. In all, Tang has published more than a dozen novellas, four collections of short stories, and two novels.

As the 2005 International Programs Writer-in-Residence, Tang gives readings and conducts workshops at K-12 schools, public libraries, senior centers and other public venues. This program is made possible by the University of Iowa International Programs and through funding by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Diana Brace