On September 3,2016,Friday, on Suiyuan Campus, Professor Feng Pinjia from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Graduate Institute of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics of the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), gave a lecture on “Family Historical Memory in ‘Vietnamerica’”.
Professor Feng received her doctoral degree of British and American literature in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is now a researcher of the European and American Division of Academia Sinica (Taiwan), a distinguished lecturing professor of Chung Hua University (Taiwan) and Director of Asian American Studies in the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan). She worked as Academic Dean, Dean of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Director of the Film Art Research Center, in the National Chiao Tung University. She was also a Fulbright visiting professor of Harvard University, an international visiting professor of the Social Sciences and Humanities Center of Stanford University, President of the Comparative Literature Association (2005-2008), and President of the British and American Literature Association (2009-2011, 2014-2015). She won the Outstanding Research Award of National Science Council (Taiwan) in 2007, 2010 and 2013, and the Academic Award of the Ministry of Education (Taiwan). Her research covers British and American literature, feminist writings, diaspora literature and culture, minority writings, and film art.
The lecture was presided by Yan Zhijun, Vice Dean of the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, and attended by over 200 professors and graduate students from NNU and other universities. In her lecture, Professor Feng first introduced the tradition and leading theories of graphic narratives, and analyzed the graphic narrative techniques in G.B. Tran’s “Vietnamerica” and its process of constructing a “site of memory”.
The lecture lasted more than two hours, and then Vice Dean Yan gave a brief summary. Professor Chen Aimin and other teachers and doctoral students exchanged their ideas with Professor Feng on related issues including “the construction of text by graphics”.