Terra Nullius or: How to Be a Nationalist with James T. Hong
Thursday, February 16 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
UnionDocs – 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
Following three groups of nationalists from China, Taiwan, and Japan, Terra Nullius or: How to be a Nationalist focuses on the geopolitical issues surrounding the disputed islands known in Japanese as “Senkaku,” in Chinese as “Diaoyutai” or “Diaoyudao,” and in English as the “Pinnacle Islands,” and the filmmaker’s attempts to set foot upon them. Claimed by Japan, China, and Taiwan, these minor, remote, and uninhabited islands, only approximately 7 square kilometers in size, are located roughly 170 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Taiwan, 330 kilometers (205 miles) east of China, and 170 kilometers northwest of the westernmost tip of the Japanese Ryukyu Islands.
After WWII, the islands were administered by the US government as part of its occupation of Okinawa. Currently the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands are controlled by Japan, which received administration rights in 1971 from the United States.
Following the screening will be a discussion with James T. Hong, a filmmaker and artist based in Taiwan. He has produced works about Heidegger, Spinoza, Japanese biological warfare, the Opium Wars, and racism and most recently completed a documentary about nationalism and disputed territory in the East China Sea. He is currently researching the concept of morality in East Asia and recently presented a new experimental work about Nietzsche and metempsychosis at the 2016 Taipei Biennial.
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