The Pretty Maid - Film Screening

December 6, 2017 6 – 8 p.m.

Location:  Chinese Cultural Center GAC 394


The pre-screening and post-screening discussions and Q&A session will be led by Dr. Zhansui Yu, Professor of Chinese at Nazareth College.

A film by Director Hai Da.

In Chinese with English subtitles.

Film Synopsis:
This film is about a woman who leaves her countryside home and travels to Beijing to work as a housekeeper at a professor's house. It turns out, the woman works not for money but for dignity and independence as a woman. The movie interweaves several intriguing topics: personal trauma, family conflict, pursuit of feminist dignity and right, moral degeneration in a country where moral, spiritual dimension is lacking in social life under the influence of stark materialism, and the elder-caring problem in a country where the traditional family-based elderly-caring system is dysfunctional due to massive social mobilization and migration. This is an intriguing and thought-provoking movie about domestic migration in a China whose "economic miracle" has also brought about serious social problems throughout the society.

For more information, please, contact Dr. Yu at or at (585) 389-5146


The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department brings to our community the opportunity to "see" the world from other cultures' perspectives - in their own terms, and in their own languages. We are witnessing the advance of a global economy that involves great opportunities as well as concomitant challenges at the geographic, social, economic, cultural and political levels.

Without a doubt, the global era's hallmark is the instantaneous movement of transnational capitals and consequent cultural trends via cyberspace. This trend is accompanied by humongous diasporas across the globe; thousands and thousands of human beings are displaced from their original territories each day in search of better opportunities for their families.

According to the United Nations, the number of international migrants - persons living in a country other than where they were born - reached 244 million in 2015 for the world as a whole, a 41% increase compared to 2000, according to new data presented by the United Nations on January 12th, 2016. This figure includes almost 20 million refugees.

In an attempt to contribute to this ongoing dialogue, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department presents its first annual film series on "Global Migrations" with a focus on social justice.

Select movies and documentaries are tied to course offerings in FLLD that range from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The screenings aim to generate a cross-disciplinary dialogue with fields such as Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Law, Interfaith Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Peace and Justice, and more.

Pre-screening and post-screening discussions are conducted by FLLD faculty, guest faculty members, and/or experts in the field of migration issues.

The series is free and open to the public.

The Pretty Maid - Film Screening


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