"Oriental" is an old-fashioned term, redolent of age-old stereotypes borne out of fantasy and prejudice. Yet we continue to stage, perform - and love - works that trade with "oriental" imagery, whether visual, verbal or musical. Think of Scheherazade or Turandot. This makes us uneasy. Hence the pleas for critical distance. But can we pass judgement without being reductive? Hasn't the time come for considering Asian stereotypes about the West? Taking cue from the programme of this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival such as La Bayadère and Dream of the Red Chamber, a panel of young scholars debate the lingering appeal of escapist fantasies and the role of Hong Kong as incubator of new ideas about East, West, and anything in between.
Date/ Time: 28 November 2016 (Mon) / 7:00- 8:30 pm
Venue: University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Fee: Free Admission. Registration required.
No. of Participants: 60
Moderator: Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso
Panelists: Dr. José Vicente Neglia
Dr. Nathan Seinen
Dr. Winnie Yee
* The Roundtable will be conducted in English.
Tel: 2828 4944