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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, CERA-UK Annual Conference 2018

Chinese Education in Global Contexts: Researching the Local, the Global and the ‘Glocal’, 14–15 June 2018, UCL Institute of Education (IoE). Deadline for abstract submission: 15th April 2018. More...

PKU-UCL inter-university module in the Cross-Cultural Health Humanities

An inter-university module in the Cross Cultural Medical/Health Humanities, taught by historians, philosophers and global health specialists from PKU and UCL, will run this week at the Yenching Academy of Peking University.

YiMovi website – live now!

Our new website YiMovi/医学仁康: Chinese film and the cross-cultural Medical Humanities – is live now at More...

China's first Medical Humanities summit

On December 23rd 2017, China’s First Medical Humanities summit was held at Peking University, hosted by PKU’s Institute for Medical Humanities, partner department of UCL CCHH.

UCL-PKU dual degree officially launched

In November 2017 Peking University (PKU) and UCL formally agreed a Dual Degree programme (five-year integrated Master's degree) in the Medical Humanities.

Order/Disorder: The artist-researcher as connector-disrupter-running messenger?

A UCL IAS Talking Point with Dr Kai Syng Tan, artist and UCL IAS Visiting Research Fellow.
Time: 5 December 2017, 6–8pm
Place: IAS Common Ground
Admission by free ticket from Eventbrite

Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities: Ten workshops

Tuesday evenings (6.00pm) during term-time, 14 November 2017 to 6 February 2018, Room 215, Foster Court. More...

2017 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase

Modernisation and the Persistence of Traditional Values in China.
Co-organised by Shanghai Art Film Federation and SOAS China Institute. Tues–Fri during Reading Week, 7–10 October. Admission free – no registration required unless otherwise stated. More...

Dumplings 饺子 (2004)

2 February 2017

Our New Year bonus film, by Hong Kong iconoclast director Fruit Chan 陈果, is 'a sinister story of diet, deception and death'.
Time: Wednesday 8 February, 7pm
Place: IAS Common GroundSouth Wing, Wilkins Building

Dumplings are traditional fare at Chinese New Year. Tonight this film offers them up with a macabre twist. Fruit Chan’s social satire on taboo topics of cannibalism and abortion could not be more topical in this New Year season.


Auntie Mei, a former abortionist from the PRC, is sixty going on sixteen on account of her longevity dumplings. Now living in Hong Kong, she turns her skills to good profit serving them up to Mrs Li, an aging former television actress, who is trying to stay young and keep control of her philandering husband.

The film presses many buttons about the excessive extremes of Chinese medical foodways, and brings into sharp focus underlying tensions between China and Hong Kong.

After the film some of the key ethical issues at stake will be discussed by Professor Cong Yali, PKU, Vivienne Lo, UCL and Patrizia Liberati.

Cong Yali, Professor of Medical Ethics and Deputy Director of the Institute of Medical Humanities, PKU, is one of the leading bioethicists in China and has published widely in both Chinese and international journals.

Patrizia Liberati is a Beijing-based China film specialist, award-winning translator of contemporary Chinese literature, and editor (with Silvia Pozzi), of Caratteri – journal of Chinese contemporary literature in Italian translation (Beijing: People's Literature Press).

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