The 13th Annual ChinaFest is held during February 8-11, 2018
All film screenings are at Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall, The Robins School of Business, University of Richmond; in partnership with International Film Series (IFS)

Festival Events

Thursday, FEBRUARY 8

The Inaugural Irby B. Brown Lecture

China: Where Has It Been, Where Is It
Going, and What Does It Mean for America?

Co-Sponsored with UR Osher Lifelong Learning

Thursday, February 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. International
Carole Weinstein International Center

U.S.-China ties have become militarily, diplomatically, and economically the most central bilateral relationship in today's world. Heading these two powers are leaders with strong personalities, strong-man leadership styles, and both represent nations with varied national interests. Despite the natural frictions, they must cooperate if global stability is to be maintained. Dr. Lampton will assess how these two leaders have managed the complex relationship in Donald Trump's first year as president and consider what future developments are likely.

David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also heads SAIS China.

He is Chairman of the The Asia Foundation, former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was published by UC Press in January 2014.

Saturday, FEBRUARY 10

ChinaFest: Year of the Earth Dog
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sat, Feb 10 | 10 am–4:30 pm
New hours for ChinaFest!
Free | No tickets required

Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year: Year of the Earth Dog! Participate in art activities such as creating an Earth Dog lantern and making your own watercolor
lotus card. Enjoy demonstrations and colorful performances, including the Lion Dance, to welcome the Chinese New Year!

© Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Generously Sponsored by:

Sunday, FEBRUARY 11

Stitching Culture: Chinese Textiles from
the Carver Collection

February 8 to December 2, 2018
Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature,
University of Richmond Museums

Sunday, February 11, 1:30-3 p.m.

1:30 p.m., Curator’s Talk, Lora Robins Gallery “Dragons, Auspicious Bats, and Other Symbols in Chinese Textiles”

Marcin Jerzewski, ’18, Chinese studies and political science double major, University of Richmond, and 2017- 2018 Curatorial Assistant, University Museums

2-3 p.m., Tea reception and viewing of the exhibition

China, Qing Dynasty, silk thread apestry (kesi), Gift in memory of David June Carver, Jr. © University of Richmond Museums, photograph by Taylor Dabney

Film Screening Schedules

Friday, February 9 / 3 p.m. 9-Man
Friday, February 9 / 7:30 p.m. Nightingale
Saturday, February 10 / 10:30 a.m. A Simple Life
Saturday, February 10 / 1 p.m. A Great Wall
Sunday, February 11 / 7:30 p.m. Drunken Master

The 13th Annual ChinaFest Film Program

Friday, Feb. 9, 3:00 pm, presenter: Ursula Liang

dir. Ursula Liang, 2014, US, 89 min.

An award-winning documentary capturing a sport called 9-Man, a unique streetball tournament originating in Chinatowns across the US and Canada. The game stems from the 1930’s, at a time when anti- immigrant sentiment prevented new Chinese-American citizens from assimilating. 9-Man was invented as a way for this new community to socialize, becoming a beloved past-time and proud


Friday, Feb. 9, 7:30 pm, presenter: Gengsong Gao, assistant professor of Chinese Studies

dir. Philippe Muyl, 2013, China/France, 100 min.

In the big city of Beijing, two highpowered parents depart for business trips, entrusting their precocious daughter Renxing to her grandfather Zhu Zhigen. They embark on a journey to his rural hometown so he can set his pet nightingale free – to honor a promise he made to his wife, encountering hilarious detours along the way.


Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:30 am, presenter: Jessica Chan, assistant professor of Chinese Studies

A Simple Life,
dir. Ann Hui, 2011, Hong Kong, 118 min.

Ah Tao, a domestic worker, has taken care of the Leung family for generations. Suddenly, she falls ill and announces her retirement. In a tender reversal of roles, Roger, the last member of the Leung family remaining in Hong Kong, looks after Ah Tao as she has always done for him.


Saturday, Feb. 10, 1:00 pm

A Great Wall,
dir. Peter Wang, 1986, US/China, 101 min.

The first American movie shot in China, this delightful comedy follows Leo, a San Francisco computer programmer who quits
his job and moves his family to stay with his sister in Peking.
Leo nostalgically searches for the traditional China he left behind, while his son Paul charms his cousins with his wild Western ways. This culture clash develops in hilarious directions, coming to a head in a climactic ping pong battle.



Sunday, Feb 11, 7:30 pm, presenter: a UR student TBD

Drunken Master,
dir. Yuen Woo-Ping, 1978, Hong Kong/China, 111 min.

Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan burst onto the scene with this raucouskung fu masterpiece, playing a legendary folk hero who is punished for his frequent troublemaking by being forced to study under a martial arts master who is notorious for his drunkenness and injuring his students. The pupil puts his new skills to the test when his own father is targeted by a brutal assassin.


ChinaFest 2018 Acknowledgements, with thanks to:

Our committee members for their devotion and hard work: Rose Nan-Ping Chen, Chair, Cheryl Clark, Cathy Hinton, Kathryn Gray, Mary Nelson, and Franklin Propert.

Dean Martha Merritt and her team at the Office of International Education, University of Richmond, for its generous support; Professor Gengsong Gao for his participation in our film selections as well as coordinating ChinaFest activities on campus; Molly Fair for help with obtaining the films, and Michael Warchol for his invaluable support. Dr. Richard Waller, Executive Director of University Museums, for staging China- related exhibition.

Our programming partners for their behind- the scenes coordination and support: staff members of Art and Education Division at VMFA: Celeste Fetta, Natalie Feister, Merenda Cecelia, Lulan Yu, and many volunteers. Peggy Watson of UR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Our distinguished speakers for their outstanding scholarship and contributions. Our many presenters for sharing their time and talents.

Our deepest gratitude to all the contact persons, coordinators and volunteers who made ChinaFest truly a community effort.

The Thirteenth Annual ChinaFest is made possible by: The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding; County of Henrico, Virginia; Dominion; The Anne Carter Robins & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation; University of Richmond (UR); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA); Virginia Film Office; Evergreen Enterprises; The Peachtree House Foundation; The Rock Foundation.

List of Supporters
Contributor: US-China Peoples Friendship Association, Richmond Chapter

In-kind donors:Department of Cultural Affairs, The Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the U.S.A. ; Universal Leaf.

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