Public Lecture | Macau’s Moving Images: Screening the SAR in the 21st Century



USJ’s Research Laboratory for Cultural Sustainability and the Department of History and Heritage studies are organising a public lecture on “Macau’s Moving Images: Screening the SAR in the 21st Century” hosted by the Rui Cunha Foundation on the May 9.


Since the turn of the 21st Century, cinematic stories about people and places in Macau have moved well beyond Hollywood’s exoticized Cold War portrayals. Nonetheless, familiar images, themes, and plotlines find their way onto contemporary screens. This talk will discuss what has changed, what has not, and what recent movies tell us about Macau’s history, identity, and the importance of this Special Administrative Region of China’s place at the intersection of transnational and global flows. A curated selection of early-21st-Century documentary, independent, and commercial cinema will be foregrounded, including Evans Chan’s Adeus Macao, (2000), Tracy Choi’s Sisterhood (2016), Li Shaohong’s A City Called Macau, (2018) and Anthony Pun’s, One More Chance (2023.)

About the Speaker:

Dr. Stacilee Ford, HKU Department of History

Dr. Stacilee Ford is an Affiliated Associate Professor in the HKU Faculty of Arts. She teaches in the Department of History. A cultural historian who researches in the areas of transnational American studies, women’s and gender history, and transpacific/inter-Asian cultural production, Dr. Ford has published articles and books on American women and communities in Hong Kong and Macau, Hong Kong cinema, generational change in the Asia-Pacific region, the road as symbol and reality in US American culture, transnational American studies, and gender, generation, and leadership in Asian and Asian Diasporic narratives. She is particularly interested in transpacific connections and historical change as articulated in Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema, television, autobiography, culinary and consumer cultures, education, and business literature (including Internet culture). She is the author of Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong and Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting’s An Autumn’s Tale. She is currently working on a book on Asian and Asian American leadership from the mid-20th Century to the present. She has lived in Hong Kong since 1993.


Date: Thursday, 9 May 2024 
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Rui Cunha Foundation, Av. da Praia Grande, Nº749-R/C, Macau
Language: English

Organised by: Research Laboratory for Cultural Sustainability, and Department of History and Heritage Studies – Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Saint Joseph.

Moderated by: Prof. Priscilla Roberts

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*This is a free event and open to the general public