Transpacific Traces: Cold War Taiwan and its Visual-Material Afterlives, Thursday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m.

Dr. Joseph Ho will give the Faculty Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 1:00 p.m. in Bobbitt Auditorium. Everyone is welcome.

The founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and the Chinese Nationalist government’s retreat to Taiwan put into motion a diasporic movement of refugees and foreign expats to the island. As connections between global institutions and local groups were severed or transformed, visual materials related to participants in this exodus represented nostalgic perceptions of lost historical possibilities. In “freezing time,” these materials mediated imagined hopes for communities traumatically split by the Chinese Civil War and Cold War realignments in East Asia. In this talk, Dr. Ho will explore recently-uncovered rare visual sources produced by an American Jesuit priest and Chinese refugee families caught up in transitions from Mainland China to new Taiwan-based roots.

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