Liu Institute launches Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture series with Haiyan Lee, Stanford University

Author: Christine Cox

Justice And Asia Haiyan Lee

The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies will launch its Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture series with a virtual lecture by Haiyan Lee of Stanford University. 

The event will take place through Zoom at 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 19. It is free and open to the public with registration at

“The Liu Institute adopted the organizing theme ‘Justice and Asia’ in 2019, which means we are committed to examining and supporting work on this theme from a range of perspectives and projects,” said Liu Institute Director Michel Hockx. “Our new Justice and Asia Distinguished Lecture will invite top scholars who examine the theme of justice in relation to Asia and with awareness of Asian cultures and traditions.

“We are thrilled that Professor Haiyan Lee, whose work centers on Chinese visions of justice, will serve as our inaugural speaker.”

Haiyan Lee is a professor of East Asian languages and cultures and of comparative literature at Stanford. Before arriving at Stanford in 2009, 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 won the 2009 Joseph Levenson Book Prize for the best monograph on modern China. Her second book, The Stranger the Chinese Moral Imagination, studies the moral crisis that permeates contemporary Chinese cultural representation of strangers. Her current project is a book-length study titled "A Certain Justice: Toward an Ecology of the Chinese Legal Imagination."

Her April 19 lecture, “A Murder in Manchuria,” 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.

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The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies provides integrated and multidisciplinary research and teaching on Asia. The Institute also promotes general awareness, understanding, and knowledge of Asia through public events and supporting student and faculty scholarship and engagement with partners in Asia. The Institute, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, was established in 2010 by a gift from the RM Liu Foundation that supports the philanthropic activities of Robert and Mimi Liu and their children, Emily and Justin, both Notre Dame graduates.