BBA Alumni Association: The ‘Global Yijing’ Lecture Series XIII

Glocalisation Series: The “Global Yijing” Lecture Series (XIII)

In Light and Shadow: Dialogues Between the Yijing and World Cinema

The “Global Yijing” lecture series presents the Yijing studies in the broad context of the global circulation of texts and ideas. We are honoured to have scholars from China, Korea and Japan as our guest speakers in the past few months.

In the upcoming “Global Yijing” lecture in April, the co-organisers, The BBA Alumni Association of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies of The Education University of Hong Kong, are delighted to have invited Ms. Jochebed Hin-ming Wu to be our speaker in sharing her findings.

Jochebed is a PhD candidate of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is the founder of “Spill the Yi”, a social media platform which aims at promoting the Yijing to the general public. Her current research interests include cross-textual hermeneutics, Jesuit Figurism, and the translation and rewriting of the Yijing.

Unlike other classics, the basic text of the Yijing is not expressed in words, but in symbols. The sixty-hour hexagrams were created by the ancients based on their observations of natural phenomena and life experiences. Comparably, film, one of the most powerful mediums in today’s generation, is made of nothing but images. It expresses in the play of light and shadow, communicating with audience through visual elements. This lecture aims at exploring the potentials and significance of the Yijing in contemporary world. It will illustrate how the classic is represented as a cultural symbol in mainstream movies. With analysis of the basic components of the Yijing and film, the lecture will introduce films from world cinema that illuminate the ways in which the two forms of text can integrate with each other.

Professor Dennis K. H. Cheng, Chair Professor of Cultural History of the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, will be our honourable moderator of this lecture.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the arrangement of the seminar may change. We would update the latest arrangement as soon as possible.