Photographing China’s Industrial Pollution @ Mergenthaler 366
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lu Guang, Independent Documentary Photographer

China has become the world’s second largest economy. However, this economic growth has consumed enormous

resources, producing tremendous amounts of pollution. Three-time World Press Photo award-winning independent

photographer Lu Guang presents selections from his most prominent works on the landscapes and human effects

of industrial pollution.

A freelance photographer since 1993, Lu Guang has developed major documentary projects in China, all at his own

initiative, focusing on some of the most significant social, health, and environmental issues facing his country today.

His photographic work includes stories on gold diggers, local coal miners, the SARS epidemic, drug addiction along

the Sino-Burmese border, Aids villages in Henan Province, the environmental impact of the Qinghai-Tibet railway,

industrial pollution and the medical effects of schistosomiasis (bilharzia).

Book Tour: Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China @ Mergenthaler 526
Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fan Shigang, Independent Activist

“The struggles of workers in China’s industrial centers are shaping the future of labor and democracy not only in

China but throughout the world. Chinese worker-activists Fan Shigang and Li Wen will provide a unique, on-the ground

perspective on the most recent wave of militancy among China’s enormous working class.”

Fan Shigang was born into a family of workers for state-owned enterprises in a northern Chinese city. He has

worked as a basic-level employee in several machining factories. He is a contributor to the underground labor

periodical, Factory Stories, conducting interviews with factory workers in southern China, documenting their lives

The Kumoemon Case and Performance as Property @ Mergenthaler 266
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Kerim Yasar, University of Southern California

1914, a landmark court decision, centered on recordings of naniwabushi performer Tochuken Kumoemon (1873-

1916), determined that sound recordings were not protected from piracy under Japanese copyright law. In this talk

I examine the development of ideas of copyright from the Edo period until the enactment of legislation in 1920 that

explicitly protected recordings, and how this development reflected shifting understandings of what constitutes a

work of art and/or a commodity within a changing media-technological environment. While this development was

driven primarily by economic interests, it also opened up a space where ephemeral performativity could be

recognized as “work,” both in the sense of labor and in the sense of artistic artifact. Whereas copyright up to that

point had been rooted in the primacy of writing or inscription, mediated reproduction turned performance itself

into a commodity, into copyrightable property.

Careers in Foreign Policy Workshop With Marvin Ott @ Mergenthaler 266
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm