Week 4: Nationalist Party Relocated to Taiwan: Re-Sinification ProjectsFilm Screening: Beautiful Duckling 養鴨人家 (dir. Li Xin, 1965)Tuesday, January 28: Healthy Realism and Confucian Moral Order in Free ChinaReading: Yeh and Davis 25-53Screening: Love Story Films. Cloud of Romance, Cheerful Wind, You are the Apple of My Eye (2011, dir. Ko Ching-teng, aka 九把刀 etc.)Group Presentation (Students Form Short Film Teams)Thursday, January 30: Kungfu Film, Court Drama, and Post-loyalist Discourse: Soft Power in the Cold War Era Screening: Dragon Gate Inn; Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonIn-class Writeup#4Reading: Rigger 59-84Week 5: Confucian Confusions: ROC Ousted from the UN Film Screening: Terrorizers 恐怖份子 (dir. Edward Yang, 1986)Tuesday, February 4: Edward Yang’s Strangers in the City Screening in class: A Bright Summer Day (1991); Yi Yi (2000)Group PresentationReading: Yeh and Davis 91-131Thursday, February 6: Hou Hsiao-hsien and the Disappearance of God (Father): The Making of Taiwan’s New WaveScreening in Class: Sandwich Man (1982); Boys from Fengkuei (1983); Café Lumiere (2003)In-class Writeup#5Reading: Rigger 85-132 Week 6: Overseas Reactions to ROC’s Status of being Universally AbandonedFilm Screening: What Time is It There 你那邊幾點?(dir. Tsai Ming-iang, 1999)Tuesday, February 11: Father as Ghost and Gay: National Spirit and Hauntology Screening in class: The River (1997); Blue Gate Crossing (2002); Love at Last?Reading: Yeh and Davis 217-248Thursday, February 13: Ang Lee’s Father Knows Best Trilogy: Migrant Subjects and Identity CrisesScreening in class: Eat Drink Man Woman (1994); Pushing Hands (1991); The Wedding Banquet (1993); Hulk (2003); The Ice Strom (1997)Reading: Economist essays on Ai and his Art Exhibit PamphletsIn-class Writeup#Reading: Yeh and Davis 177-216Sunday, February 16: Commentary Due:1000-word Commentary on Weeks 4-6 course materials uploaded to TEDActually,the commentary is compare 3 film that choosen by teacher in each week, they are Beautiful Duckling 養鴨人家 (dir. Li Xin, 1965), Terrorizers 恐怖份子 (dir. Edward Yang, 1986) and Film Screening: What Time is It There 你那邊幾點?(dir. Tsai Ming-iang, 1999). And the Grading requirement is in the below files and also the thesis.Grading Rubrics:
➢ organization of your commentary and
quality of writing (3 Points total)
⚫ 1 point: a thesis statement of the whole
paper (End of the first paragraph)
⚫ 1 point: an argument for each paragraph
(First sentence of each paragraph)
⚫ 1 point: the narrative of each paragraph
follows a logical sequence : argument –
evidence – explanation of how the textual
evidences support the argument –
Grading Rubrics
➢ your command of our readings and
scholarships (3 points total)
⚫ Referencing the sources with proper intext citation: Last Name of the author
Page number – eg. (Berry 10). (1 Point)
⚫ Proper Work Cited/Bibliography at the
end of the paper (1 point)
⚫ Referencing at least two sources and
connect them to your own argument (1
Grading Rubrics
➢ Originality (4 points total)
⚫ You have your own thesis & arguments
without plagiarizing (1 point)
⚫ Your thesis & arguments are critical- it is
based on detailed textual analysis:
⚫ Your thesis& arguments have challenged
previous researchers (1 point)
⚫ Your thesis/arguments are sophisticated
(1 point)
Possible template
– First Paragraph: Introduction
⚫ 1-3 sentences: Introduce three films that
you are comparing: name of the films,
directors, plot, thematic concerns…
⚫ 4-6 sentences: historical backgroundWhen it is produced/domestic or
international politics*
⚫ Your thesis: comparing three films –
what’s the similarities/differences (1 point
for structure/originality)
Possible template – 2nd and 3rd paragraph
⚫ 1st sentence – your argument (structure )
⚫ 2nd sentence – Reference to other scholars
on this specific film or its genre/them in
relation to your argument (reference &
⚫ 3- 5 sentences – Textual evidences that
support your argument: cinematography,
music, dialogues, motifs…(originality)
⚫ 6- 8 sentences – Analysis: How do the
textual details support your argument?
(originality & structure)
1000-word Commentary
Due Sunday Midnight
• Frame your Subject around the three films and
• The Role of Fathers – From Foster to Gay (in
Taiwanese, also Fake)
• Language and Symbolic Capital
Ethnicity/Family/National Allegory
• Camera Work: Tunnel, Long Shots, etc.

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