The Good Earth, with Professor Xiaofei Li
November 21, 2013, 7 p.m.
Humanities Center Room 218
The Good Earth (1937) is derived from Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The film tells the moving story of a Chinese farming couple whose lives are torn apart by poverty, greed, and the forces of nature. They struggle to build a life together, but after finally finding success, a plague of locusts descends upon their land, bringing a true test of the couple's perseverance. The film not only introduced U.S. audiences in the 1930s to family life in rural China, but also helped prepare Americans to consider the Chinese as allies in the coming war with Japan. In her introduction of The Good Earth, York College Professor of Political Science Xiaofei Li will discuss the central role that Confucianism plays in the movie and in traditional Chinese culture. After the screening, she will also answer questions regarding other key facets of film — its attitude toward wealth, the meaning of its title, and its representation of East Asian culture.