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CGED Knowledge Exchange Series

Blurring the Color Line: Screening and Q&A with the Director Crystal Kwok



Crystal Kwok, Director, Producer & Writer, Blurring the Color Line

Introduction by:

Gina Marchetti, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, School of Humanities, HKU


Staci Ford, Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of History and School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Screening: 6:45 pm Hong Kong Time

Q&A: 8:15 pm Hong Kong Time

Click here for the Zoom recording

What does it mean to be caught in between two worlds?

Following director Crystal Kwok’s personal journey of discovery, BLURRING THE COLOR LINE digs deep into how her grandmother’s family navigated life as neighborhood grocery store owners in the Black community of Augusta, Georgia during the Jim Crow era. The film weaves family anecdotes and neighborhood memories to open up critical conversations about liminal states & anti-Blackness in the Chinese community, and serves to disrupt racial narratives and bridge divides.

Crystal Kwok - Director, Producer & Writer

Crystal Kwok is an award winning filmmaker who established her career in Hong Kong as an actress, writer, director, and talk show host. She won the audience choice awards at the 2000 Deauville Asian Film Festival for her debut feature length film, The Mistress. As a strong women’s advocate, her talk show, “Kwoktalk” broke boundaries in Hong Kong with conversations about women and sexuality. Kwok is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Hawaii in Performance Studies and a recipient of the prestigious East West Center Scholar awards.

The event is organised by the Faculty of Arts’ Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity (CGED) and the Department of Comparative Literature's Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures (CSGC), with the support of the Gender Studies Programme, School of Humanities, and the Women's Studies Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

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