Queering the Time-Space (de)Compression — Concepts and Practices of Tuku in Dance Film Kung Hei Fat Choy N+
14: 20-14: 40 CET 29/05/2021
Tuku, originally from “too cool” in English, has been redefined as “rustic but cool” in Chinese literally. The fusion of poor, vulgar, rural, rich, classy, and cosmopolitan elements creates a dramatic effect in culture and in society. Tuku is employed to praise the achievement of economic reform as a gesture of cultural confidence while criticizing the widening gaps between social classes and regions as the evidence of stratification and inequality. Kung Hei Fat Choy N+ is a dance film produced by Ergao to narrate family stories in the time-space compression of social transformation. Texts, including narrative texts, visual texts, and dance movements, decompress individuals in terms of family, kinship, gender, and desire. Kung Hei Fat Choy N+ queers the concept of Tuku and practices cultural activism in the form of dance film.
Qian Wang is a Professor of Sociology at Yibin University. His research is mainly focused on music-sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies in the context of Chinese popular music. He examines the sophisticated interaction between popular music and social transformation since the economic reform, and writes on issues such as gender and queer. He is the author of Rock Crisis: Research on Chinese Rock Music in the 1990s.