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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Other Epistemologies Online Lecture Series 2.0: Butterflies and Resistance: Creative Activism against Persistent Colonial Gaze on East and Southeast Asian Women


Dr. Wing-Fai Leung, King's College London, UK

Date and Time

November 24, 2023, 14:00 - 15:45 (CEST)/20:00-21:45 (GMT+8)


Online lecture. Please register here:


This lecture provokes discussion about the harmful white saviour/lotus blossom romance trope found in Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly,” the popular musical “Miss Saigon” and many other iterations in films, television, and cultural products originated from the Global North. The presentation will then analyze the significance of recent activism initiated by creatives in the UK and beyond, ranging from short film productions and new writing to the boycotting of the Sheffield Crucible Theatre because it staged “Miss Saigon.” 


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Chinese Studies