2014-2015 Colloquium Series

The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to announce

农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness

Dr. Jenny Chio
(Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Emory University)

Friday, October 24, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Seminar Room, 2251 College (next to Boalt Hall, Law School)
University of California, Berkeley

农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness depicts the everyday experience of "doing tourism" (搞旅游) in two rural, ethnic tourism destinations in contemporary China: Ping'an and Upper Jidao villages. Focusing on the perspectives of village residents, this film portrays how modern, rural Chinese negotiate between the day-to-day consequences of tourist arrivals in their home villages and ideal projections of who they are and what their lives can achieve through tourism development. This film won the 2013 David Plath Media Award from the Society for East Asian Anthropology and has screened at festivals and universities in the US and Europe.

Speaker Bio:
Jenny Chio is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and affiliated faculty in Film and Media Studies at Emory University. She teaches courses on contemporary China, visual anthropology, critical tourism studies, and the anthropology of media. She completed her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. Her ethnography of ethnic tourism and rural development in two Chinese villages, titled A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China, was published earlier this year by the University of Washington Press, in the series "Studies on Ethnic Groups in China." More information on her research and publications can be found at www.jennychio.com.

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