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  • Ph.D. , East Asian languages and civilizations and film studies
    Harvard University
  • BA , East Asian studies
  • literature
    University of Heidelberg
  • literature
    Cambridge University
  • literature
    University of Cambridge
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Current Fellows | Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, 25 Feb 2015 [cached]
Jie Li
JIE LI will join the Harvard University Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as Assistant Professor in Fall 2013.
Jie came to the US at age 11 from China and is a naturalized US citizen.
Jie completed a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations and film studies at Harvard University, She received her BA in East Asian studies in 2001, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her senior thesis, combining anthropological and literary approaches to oral history, has been awarded the Hoopes Prize and included in a Harvard University social studies syllabus.
Having studied literature at the Cambridge University and the University of Heidelberg, Jie is fluent in English, Chinese, and German as well as conversant in French and Japanese. She is also a bilingual fiction writer and documentary filmmaker. Her "film portraits" of families in China and Cameroon have been shown at various campuses and film festivals, among them the Bilan du Film Ethnographique in Paris. Her film on polygamy in Cameroon, "The Al-Hadji and His Wives", is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources.
Jie's book "Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life" is forthcoming with Columbia University Press. Having published numerous essays on Chinese cinema and culture in journals and edited volumes, she is also working on a book manuscript entitled "Utopian Ruins: A Memory Museum of the Maoist Era".
Fellows 2004-05, The Film Study Center, 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
Jie Li
JIE LI Jie Li grew up in Shanghai and New York City, which grounded her interest in cross-cultural issues. While an undergraduate at Harvard, she began to work at the Long Bow Group as an intern and researcher for Morning Sun, a film and website about the Cultural Revolution in China. Jie Li made her first documentary film, Safe, as a visual component of her senior thesis, “Palimpsests of Private Life,” on family history and homes in Shanghai, which received the distinction of summa cum laude.
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Jie Li, Princeton University
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Royal Asiatic Society Thursday 8 January 2015 - Jie Li on Shanghai Homes
Royal Asiatic Society Thursday 8 January 2015 - Jie Li on Shanghai Homes
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Jie Li, assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, will speak about her book Shanghai Homes: Palimpsest of Private Lives.
Jie Li is assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. As a scholar of literary, film, and cultural studies, Jie Li's research interests center on the mediation of memories in modern China. Her first book,Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life (Columbia, 2014), excavates a century of memories embedded in two alleyway neighborhoods destined for demolition.
Ms. Li's current book project, Utopian Ruins: A Memory Museum of the Mao Era, explores contemporary cultural memories of the 1950s to the 1970s through textual, audiovisual, and material artifacts, including police files, photographs, documentary films, and museums. Li has co-edited a volume entitled Red Legacies: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution (Harvard Asia Center, forthcoming). Two ongoing research projects deal with the transnational cinematic history of Manchuria and mobile movie projection units from the 1930s to the 1990s.
Li's recent publications in journals and edited volumes include: "Discolored Vestiges of History: Black-and-White in the Age of Color Cinema" (Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 2012), "A National Cinema for a Puppet State: The Manchurian Motion Picture Association (Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas, 2013), "Phantasmagoric Manchukuo: Documentaries Produced by the South Manchurian Railway Company, 1932-1940" (positions: east asia cultures critique, 2014), and "From Landlord Manor to Red Memorabilia: Reincarnations of a Chinese Museum Town" (Modern China, forthcoming). Li earned an A.B. in East Asian Studies at Harvard, and studied English literature at the University of Cambridge and German literature at the University of Heidelberg before returning to Harvard for a Ph.D., earned in 2010 in modern Chinese literature and film studies. In 2012-2013 she was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Li teaches courses on East Asian Cinema and on Chinese media cultures.
Exploring three dimensions of private life - territories, artifacts, and gossip - Li re-creates the sounds, smells, look, and feel of home over a tumultuous century.
First built by British and Japanese companies in 1915 and 1927, the two homes at the center of this narrative were located in an industrial part of the former "International Settlement. Before their recent demolition, they were nestled in Shanghai's labyrinthine alleyways, which housed more than half of the city's population from the Sino-Japanese War to the Cultural Revolution.
Through interviews with her own family members as well as their neighbors, classmates, and co-workers, Li weaves a complex social tapestry reflecting the lived experiences of ordinary people struggling to absorb and adapt to major historical change.
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Conversations: Lives in the Longtangs with Jie Li
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Jie Li, author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life, has a unique insight into the lives within the longtangs: this is where her parents and grandparents lived, and where she spent her childhood. On December 6, she will speak to Historic Shanghai about her book, part microhistory, part memoir, salvaging intimate recollections by successive generations of inhabitants of two vibrant, culturally mixed Shanghai longtangs from the Republican, Maoist, and post-Mao eras. Jie Li, an assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, answered our questions ahead of the talk:
Historic Shanghai: What's the backstory: how did you come to write about the two particular alleyways featured in the book?
Jie Li: These were the alleyways where my maternal and paternal grandparents had lived for half a century, raising their children and grandchildren amid a motley cast of neighbors.
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