The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme in association with Global Taiwan Studies Salon (EATS-NATSA-IJTS-JATS) presents an online discussion and film.
Migrant Lives Matter: ‘Nine Shots’
When: 30 October 20, 1-2.30pm UK time, 9-10.30pm Taipei time
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‘Nine Shots’ is a pilot documentary made by Tsai Tsung-lung, a renowned documentary maker, who explores the death of a Vietnamese migrant worker that reminds us of the death of George Floyd and the injury of Jacob Blake. What motivated men and women in the Global South to seek employment in the Global North? How are guest workers portrayed by the media, particularly those who are on the run? What kind of recruitment, employment and migration regimes should be put in place between the sending and receiving states? Who, or what, is responsible for their loss of lives or their suffering of injuries at work or as a result of the use of state force? Does the use of force indicate institutional and societal discrimination?
Using ‘Nine Shots’ as a prompt, this seminar interviews Director Tsai and discusses salient issues related to the migration of guest workers to their host country where they are not expected to be integrated. Audiences may find it distressing to view some parts of the documentary.
Panel discussants include:
- Dr Chun-yi Lee, (Chair person) Director of The Taiwan Studies Programme, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham
- Isabelle Cheng, Senior Lecturer in East Asian and International Development Studies at the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth
- Tsai Tsung-lung, Film director and Associate Professor at the Department of Communications at the National Chung Cheng University
Dr. Chun-Yi Lee is Associate Professor at school of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. She is also the director of Taiwan Studies Program at Nottingham. Chun-Yi's first book was published by Routledge in 2011: Taiwanese Business or Chinese Security Asset. The book is under Leiden Series in Modern East Asia History and Politics. Chun-Yi applied from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) with Prof. Andreas Bieler on the project, 'Globalisation, national transformation and workers' rights: An analysis of Chinese labour within the global economy' in 2010. This project successfully received the funding from the ESRC and started to operate from October 2011 till September 2014. In viewing the Chinese labour facing the challenge of industrial upgrading, Chun-yi applied a research project funded by Chiang-Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation in Taiwan in relation to 'Chinese Investment in Taiwan: Challenge or Opportunity for Taiwan's Industrial Development'. This project has finished in December 2016. Currently, Chun-yi is working on a public policy research project, to compare Taiwan and UK government's strategies to counter Covid-19. Meanwhile Chun-yi is working her second monograph on the topic of 'China's New Normal: The Impact of China's Rise on the Global Political Economy'.
Dr. Isabelle Cheng is Senior Lecturer in East Asian and International Development Studies at the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on marriage and labour migration in East Asia with reference to sovereignty, border, political participation and migrant workers’ maternity. Taking a gender approach, she is also interested in the Cold War in East Asia, focusing on how women’s voices are used for psychological warfare. She currently serves as the Secretary-General of European Association of Taiwan Studies.
Tsai Tsung-lung is Associate Professor at the Department of Communications at the National Chung Cheng University. He is also an independent documentary producer and director. Some of his recent works, such as See You, Lovable Strangers (再見 可愛陌生人) (2016), were collaborated with his Vietnamese spouse and focused on migrant spouse and migrant workers in Taiwan. Tsai is known for his award-winning documentaries, such as Killing in Formosa (島國殺人紀事) (2001), Behind the Miracle (奇蹟背後) (2002), and Oil Disease: Surviving Evil(油症-與毒共存) (2008). Sunflower Occupation (太陽 不遠) (2016) was selected in the New Asian Currents item in the 2015 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.