Fireside Chat featuring Nick Frisch

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Wed, April 15, 2015 | 4:00pm-5:30pm
Fireside Chat featuring Nick Frisch
442 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511

CULTURE AND “CENSORSHIP” IN CHINA: The Case of the Opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen
In 2011, the much-anticipated world premiere of the opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen was cancelled at short notice by Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts (国家大剧院). Nick Frisch, who covered the ensuing controversy for The New York Times, will explain the conflicting claims of censorship surrounding Dr. Sun Yat-sen's cancellation in Beijing, premiere in Hong Kong and later success in the United States. The discussion examine conflicting notions of “censorship” at the intersection of art, history, politics, and speech in modern China.

Nick Frisch is a PhD student in East Asian studies at Yale, and Resident Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. Before graduate school he worked as a reporter, policy researcher, and culture critic in Greater China, and was a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong University's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. From 1994-1998, he was a boy soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, singing additional solo roles at Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Nick's writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and China Quarterly. He was recently named a 2015-2016 Mellon Fellow for digital humanities in Yale's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

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