Nushu (女书), a secret language written in calligraphy shared by generations of Chinese women in their covert support of sisterhood, hope and survival, is now disappearing. Created during a time when women were not allowed to read or write, Nushu was used to communicate their pain, resistance and support with each other. Fast forward to modern China, is Nushu still relevant when women have access to higher education and enjoy equal treatment in society? What are the challenges and implications, if any, that women still face today? Join China Institute for the screening of the award-winning documentary, Hidden Letters, on March 2nd, followed by a conversation with Director Violet Du Feng, hosted by Karen Ma, film scholar and movie critic specializing in Chinese cinema. Spanning past and present Hidden Letters follows two millennial Chinese women, connected by their fascination with the secret language of sisterhood and their desire to protect it.
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March 2 @ 6:30 pm