November 11: Yutian Wong

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies



“Shen Yun: An Asian American Dance Company?”

A Talk by Yutian Wong, PhD

Posters for Shen Yun Performing Arts (SYPA) featuring dancers caught mid-leap in impressive displays of balletic virtuosity have become a ubiquitous presence in major cities across the U.S.  Using the discourse of Asian American dance studies to think through Shen Yun’s marketing strategies sheds light on the reasons why seemingly overdetermined concepts of authenticity and cultural purity continue to hold such powerful appeal in an era of globalization. The question mark in the title of the paper refers to the way in which SYPA uses both distance and proximity to China, Chinesesness, and the West to establish its authoritative claim to an authentic Chinese culture that is imagined as both ahistorical and pre-communist.

Yutian Wong is the coordinator of the dance program at San Francisco State University. She teaches courses in critical dance studies and writing for dance majors. She is the author of Choreographing Asian America (Wesleyan UP, 2010) and the editor of Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance Studies (forthcoming).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5:30-7:00pm (Talk, Discussion, Dinner)

Memorial Auditorium, Room 125, Stanford University. For map and directions, click here.

Free parking available on Memorial Drive. 

This event is free, but please register by emailing Joanna Dee Das at

 The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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