Before retiring, Ai Xiaoming was a Professor in the Chinese Department at Sun Yat-sen University. She is also a feminist scholar, rights activist, and independent documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s and 1990s, Ai’s academic work focussed on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and comparative literature. In 1999, she moved to the United States for one year to conduct research on women and gender studies. After returning to China, she continued to focus on women, gender, and cultural studies. Since 2003, she has actively participated in feminist/citizen activism, and independent documentary filmmaking. Her well-known documentary films include Garden in Heaven (天堂花园, 2005), The Taishi Village (太石村, 2005), The Epic of the Central Plains (中原记事, 2006), Our Children (我们的娃娃, 2009), and Three Days in Wukan (乌坎三日, 2012). In 2010, she was awarded the ‘Simone de Beauvoir Prize’ along with women rights activist Guo Jianmei. Ai’s latest documentary Jiabiangou Elegy: The Life and Death of Rightists (夹边沟祭事) was premiered in Hong Kong in 2017 at the Chinese Independent Documentary Lab.

Jiabiangou Elegy: a Conversation with Ai Xiaoming

Before retiring, Ai Xiaoming was a Professor in the Chinese Department at Sun Yat-sen University. She is also a feminist scholar, rights activist, and independent documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s and 1990s, Ai’s academic work focussed on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and comparative literature. In 1999, she moved to the United States for one […]

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