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Yue Chen

Yue Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of Oregon. Entitled, “Between Sovereignty and Coloniality: Manchukuo Literature and Film,” her dissertation studies the cultural imagination of Manchukuo, a nominal nation-state imposed upon Chinese Manchuria by the Empire of Japan (1932-1945). Armed with postcolonial and minority discourse, she reveals how Manchukuo cultural production mediates the notion of the nation and sovereignty in the context of Japanese imperialism. In the process of dissertation research, she has also discovered the significant impact of Manchukuo film musical on the cinema of New China, especially the film musicals from Changchun Film Studio between 1949-1965. This could become her second project.