The Liu Institute launches its Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture with a virtual lecture by Haiyan Lee of Stanford University. Professor Lee will use the 1956 film The Murder Case of Xu Qiuying to illustrate the distinctions between spy thriller and detective fiction, and between "high justice" and "low justice" in the Chinese literary and political-legal traditions. The film is based on the actual 1948 murder of a young woman in the Manchurian city of Harbin that was widely reported in the press and represented in popular culture.
About the speaker
Haiyan Lee is a professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Before arriving to Stanford in 2009, Haiyan Lee taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Hong Kong, and held post-doctoral fellowships at Cornell University and Harvard University. Her first book, Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950, is a critical genealogy of the idea of “love” (qing) in modern Chinese literary and cultural history. Her current project is a book-length study titled "A Certain Justice: Toward an Ecology of the Chinese Legal Imagination."
Monday, April 19 at 4 p.m. EDT/Add to Google calendar