Diaspora experiences, essayistic narratives and Asian subjectivity
Japanese literary critic Takeuchi Yoshimi considered Asia’s modernity as an experience of the invasion of Europe. For him Asia had become merely a subject of modernity, split from being a subjectivity itself. Taking the writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi as a starting point to discuss the opposition between Asia as subject of Western modernism versus a subjectivity of its own, the lecture will show how it may be possible to re-address this conflict and explore the issue of Asian subjectivity based on diaspora experiences, expressed through essayistic narratives.
Bo Wang (b. 1982, Chongqing, China) is an artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His works have been exhibited internationally, including venues like MoMA in New York, CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, Shanghai Biennale, Times Art Museum in Guangzhou, Asia Society Texas Center, among many others. He was a fellow at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2013 and attended the Berlinale Talents programme at Berlin International Film Festival in 2014. He is also a faculty member at Visual and Critical Studies, School of Visual Arts, New York.