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Hybrid Identities: A Dialogue with Xiaolu Guo

February 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event

Please join us for a conversation with:

Xiaolu Guo, Writer-In-Residence, Weatherhead East Asian Institute;

Adjunct Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Columbia University


Moderated by:

Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, 

Columbia School of Social Work


About the Speaker:

Xiaolu Guo is a British/Chinese novelist, essayist and filmmaker. Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist), Village of Stone, and I Am China (a 2014 NPR’s Best Book). Her recent memoir Nine Continents won the National Book Critics Circle Award 2017 and shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award as well as Costa Award. Her most recent novel is A Lover’s Discourse (Grove Atlantic 2020), inspired by Roland Barthes’ work. She is named as a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. She also directed several feature films, including How Is Your Fish Today (Sundance Official Selection 2007) and won the Grand Jury Prize at the International Women Film Festival France. UFO In Her Eyes was premiered at Toronto (TIFF 2010) and produced by the legendary German Turkish Filmmaker Faith Akin. Her feature She, A Chinese received the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. Her documentaries include We Went to Wonderland (premiered at MoMA New York 2008), Five Men and A Caravaggio (BFI London Film Festival 2018). She is a jury member of the Booker Prize 2019 and currently a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at Columbia University.


This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.


Please register here.

For those unable to attend in person, Livestream will be available. Register here to receive a reminder of this link around 30 minutes before the program starts.



February 25, 2020

12:00 PM-1:30 PM



School of Social Work, Room 311/312

1255 Amsterdam Ave


For inquiries, please contact Natalie Pretzer-Lin np2603@columbia.edu.

Cosponsors: School of Social Work, China Center for Social Policy


February 25, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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