Passionate Verses and Heartfelt Frames: Exploring Love Through Chinese Literature and Cinema

Immerse yourself in an enchanting journey through time and emotion as we delve into the world of Chinese love stories, poetry, songs, and movies. This talk promises to provide an intimate glimpse into the Chinese perceptions of love, giving voice to the profound and often delicate sentiments that have shaped this vibrant culture.

From the mesmerising tales of love found in classic Chinese literature and the deeply moving lines of traditional poetry, to the soul-stirring melodies of renowned love songs and the evocative narratives portrayed in Chinese cinema, each medium offers unique insights into the Chinese perspective on love.

We will unravel the themes, symbols, and narratives used to express love and passion, while also highlighting the socio-cultural influences that shape these perceptions. This exploration goes beyond the romantic facade, delving into the spiritual, societal, and individual interpretations of love and how they resonate in Chinese culture.

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  • the total duration of the event is 1h: 50 mins lecture and 10mins Q&A
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Catherine Xiang
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Catherine Xiang (MEd, PhD) is an established author and applied linguist with rich experience in the higher education as well as high profile consultancy industry to businesses that wish to engage with China. She is Coordinator of East Asian Languages at LSE, Programme Director for BSc International Relations and Chinese; as well as UK Director for LSE Confucius Institute for Business London. Originally from Shanghai, she is skilled in intercultural communication, translation, foreign languages, lecturing, TV and public speaking. She is also an expert in learning and innovation in language learning. Her recent publications include ‘Mastering Chinese a Complete Textbook for Beginners’, ‘Audio-visual Media in Language Education and the forthcoming ‘China Ready. Chinese for Tourism and Hospitality’. In addition to her roles at LSE, she is an executive member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society, a school governor and chief examiner of Charted Institute of Linguists. She has recently launched her own YouTube channel ­— ‘字espresso’ teaching the relationship between Chinese characters and words:

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