Film screening of Hebei Taipei and roundtable discussion

Directed by Nien-Hsiu Li and produced by Chou Chen-ting

LI was born in Hebei Province in China, and the war brought him to Taiwan where he has lived for six decades. LI never returns to his hometown, but has revisited it countless times in his dreams. Whenever he dreamed of it, he saw the flow of blood all over the place. For LI, joining the army was never about any political beliefs but to feed himself. Thus he praised whoever fed him.

At the age of 60, he separated from his wife and children. Whenever he looks at himself in the mirror, he cannot bear his hair turning grey. Therefore he puts on a black wig and a woman’s dress, trying to make up for lost time when he was young. While doing so, he has no idea how his eventful life will come to an end…

4pm: Introduction by Dr Chun-yi Lee
4.10pm: Film screening
5.40pm: Roundtable discussion with Dr Lara Momesso and Graham Hutchings

All UoN students and staff are welcome and free popcorn and soft drinks will be available at the event. This event is free but please reserve your place by sending an RSVP to

Speaker biographies

Dr Lara Momesso completed her Masters in International Communication Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taipei in 2008 and her PhD in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2013. Currently she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) ​at the University of Portsmouth with a fellowship funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Her current research project, building on the case of marriage migration and family formation in the context of China-Taiwan relations and applying an intersectional analysis, problematises the debate on transnational migration studies. Currently Lara is a board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), a research associate of the Taiwan Studies Centre (SOAS) and an associate fellow at the European Centre of Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tuebingen.

Graham Hutchings Graham Hutchings is Principal at Oxford Analytica, the global analysis and advisory firm, which draws on an expert network of scholars to deliver insights into the meaning of political, social and economic events for clients in governments and corporations around the world. Graham was China Correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph from 1987 to 1998, based first in Beijing and then Hong Kong. His current research interest is ‘China in the Year 1949’, focusing on the transformation of individual lives and national fortunes.

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