The genre of sci-fi can stretch the collective imagination and introduce new possibilities. In China, industry and political leaders are capitalizing on sci-fi’s unique ability to inspire the public and project a vision of the future that features China as a global innovation leader. With China’s domestic technology goals, such as being the world’s AI leader by 2030, rising to the fore, Chinese science fiction can provide a window into national aspirations and sources of potential conflict as China works to actualize its ambitious plans.

Join the National Committee's Young China Professionals (YCP) on January 28, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. EST for a virtual discussion with Rebecca Davis, Jing Tsu, and Yilin Wang on how this genre may be working to both reflect China’s present and shape its future.

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Rebecca Davis is China Bureau Chief at Variety, based primarily in Beijing, where she established the magazine’s first permanent outpost in the country. She covers all aspects of the Chinese entertainment industry, with a particular focus on what is now the world’s largest film market and its relationship to Hollywood. Recent stories include dispatches on the rise of Chinese tech companies in entertainment, American political moves targeting Chinese films, and the business success of the Korean band BTS. 
Fluent in Mandarin and French, Davis has a decade of experience in China, including stints at Agence France-Presse, Le Monde, and the New York Times. Her previous reporting on China focused on human rights and ethnic minority issues, and she was the first journalist in nearly a decade to interview Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, on her last day under house arrest. She received a 2019 merit award for breaking news from the Human Rights Press Awards. 
Passionate about press freedom, Davis has served as a board member of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China. 
Dr. Jing Tsu is a John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures & Comparative Literature at Yale University. A Guggenheim fellow, Tsu specializes in modern Chinese studies. Her research spans literature and culture, science and technology, nationalism, diaspora and migration, global security and human rights in Asia. 
At Yale she offers graduate seminars on sympathy, world Sinophone literature, cultural conflicts and human rights in contemporary China and Asia. She offers a regular interdisciplinary course, “China in the World,” which features six contemporary topics on China in historical, comparative contexts. 
Tsu has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), and the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton). Her new book, Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern is appearing with Riverhead, Penguin Random House, in January 2022.
Yilin Wang (she/they) is a writer, editor, and Chinese-English translator who lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her recent work engages with topics such as fantasy fiction, Chinese folklore, martial arts literature (wuxia), diaspora identities, gender expectations, migration, and cultural reclamation.
Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in ClarkesworldThe Malahat ReviewGrainCV2carte blancheThe Toronto StarThe Tyee, and elsewhere. She has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, a finalist for the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, and longlisted for the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Asymptote, PathlightSamovarLiving Hyphen, and the anthology The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories.
She has also spoken about martial arts fiction or translation on CBC's North by Northwest and various podcasts as well as served as a cultural consultant for games such as Hearts of Wulin. Yiilin is a member of the Clarion West Writers Workshop 2020 and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:00 PM to 6:15 PM EST

Rebecca Davis
Jing Tsu
Yilin Wang

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