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    • November 2015
    • 9789881605665
  • 144 Pages

  • Paperback
  • $18.00

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Datong

The Chinese Utopia

Evans Chan. Translated by Jane Lai

East Slope Publishing Ltd. (Muse, Hong Kong)

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A trail-blazing political reformer and visionary thinker at the turn of the 20th century, Kang Youwei (1858–1927) envisioned a global utopia of human equality and solidarity. However, his advocacy of a constitutional monarchy, instead of a revolution, has caused him to become the bĂȘte noire of modern Chinese history. Datong: The Chinese Utopia focuses on this Guangdong native's years of exile in Europe, Asia and America, as he and his daughter Kang Tongbi campaigned for a better future for their compatriots at home and abroad—which culminated in an anti-American boycott (1905–1906) to beat back the Chinese Exclusion Act, and two meetings with a conciliatory Theodore Roosevelt. Writer/filmmaker Evans Chan, a descendant from Kang's hometown, used his award-winning film Datong: The Great Society (2011) to develop the libretto for this chamber opera.

About the Author

Evans Chan is a New York-based critic, playwright, and one of Hong Kong's leading independent filmmakers. His award-winning films have been shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, San Francisco and Taipei Golden Horse film festivals, among others.

About the Author

Evans Chan is a New York-based critic, playwright, and one of Hong Kong's leading independent filmmakers. His award-winning films have been shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, San Francisco and Taipei Golden Horse film festivals, among others.

About the Author

Evans Chan is a New York-based critic, playwright, and one of Hong Kong's leading independent filmmakers. His award-winning films have been shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, San Francisco and Taipei Golden Horse film festivals, among others.

About the Author

Evans Chan is a New York-based critic, playwright, and one of Hong Kong's leading independent filmmakers. His award-winning films have been shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, San Francisco and Taipei Golden Horse film festivals, among others.

About the Author

Evans Chan is a New York-based critic, playwright, and one of Hong Kong's leading independent filmmakers. His award-winning films have been shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, San Francisco and Taipei Golden Horse film festivals, among others.

About the Author

Evans Chan is a New York-based critic, playwright, and one of Hong Kong's leading independent filmmakers. His award-winning films have been shown at the Berlin, Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Vancouver, San Francisco and Taipei Golden Horse film festivals, among others.