Lecture by Sun Shuyun

News item posted on: September 19th, 2010
Tibetan Dialogue:  Bridging the Gap?

Sun Shuyun, Filmmaker and Author

Writer and Filmmaker Shuyun Sun in Tibet

Writer/filmmaker Sun Shuyun will present her five-part BBC series A Year in Tibet. The film, made by a Tibetan and Han Chinese team in 2006-2007, followed the lives of eight ordinary Tibetans for a year in Gyantse, Tibet. It has been broadcast in over forty countries, including on the main channel of Chinese Central Television.  Sun Shuyun will discuss the reception of the film, and the accompanying book of the same title, in China and the West and by the Office of the Dalai Lama. She will also reflect on what this might imply for media communication on Tibetan questions.

After graduating from Beijing University, Sun Shuyun undertook an MPhil at Oxford with Micharl Aris focusing on British policy towards Tibet. As well as her film and book A Year in Tibet, she has directed and helped to make some of the most watched films on China for British and American televisions, including 1421: China Discovered AmericaMummies of the TakalamakanChina Atlas, and Half the Sky. She also wrote two other critically acclaimed books: The Long March and Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud, the story of her retracing the 7th century monk Xuan Zang’s journey from China to India and back.

Co-sponsored by the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia

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