Women's History Month Events – Screening and Conference Presentation


We hope everyone is enjoying the Year of the Snake so far! March is Women’s History Month and we’ll be having two special events in celebration of this important time.

Final Screening

On Thursday, March 14, we’ll be showing the film at the San Ramon Public Library. This will be our last scheduled screening, as we’ll be focusing more on promoting the AUTUMN GEM iBook in the future. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film, come out and join us at this free event! The San Ramon Branch of AAUW is sponsoring the screening.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
San Ramon Public Library
100 Montgomery St.
San Ramon, CA 94583

Conference Presentation

I will be presenting on a panel at the Women’s History in the Digital World conference, to be held at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania March 22-23.

“The Women’s History in the Digital World conference brings together scholars working on women’s history projects with a digital component, exploring the complexities of creating, managing, researching and teaching with digital resources.”

This is an especially timely topic as we’ve been seeing the convergence of education and technology recently. Please help spread the word about this event to your friends and colleagues. If you are in the Bryn Mawr area, come by and check it out!

Women’s History in the Digital World Conference
March 22-23, 2013
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Women’s History in the Digital World Call for Papers POSTER


WOMEN我們 Exhibit Opening Reception a Success!


WOMEN Exhibit

The WOMEN我們 Exhibit Opening Reception at the Chinese Culture Center on Saturday was a lively success! We had a fantastic turnout with many viewers attending the artists panel moderated by CCC Executive Director Mabel Teng. The panel was a great opportunity to dialogue with the audience regarding the exploration of gender issues in our work, attitudes towards feminism (whether one identifies as such or not), and the contemporary women’s movement in China.

We had a wonderful time interacting with audience members and getting their thoughts on our work. Interestingly, the exhibit also attracted a large contingent of people gathered outside who were participating in a rally protesting the Japanese takeover of a group of islands also claimed by China (a very contentious issue amongst Chinese at home and abroad). It was fascinating to hear the wide range of reactions to issues addressed in the exhibit, including gender transgressions, LGBTQ identities, and sexual discrimination from these viewers who came upon the show by chance.

The day before the opening, we attended a press event at the gallery and participated in a group dialogue with Professor Lenore Metrick-Chen, an Art and Cultural Historian from Drake University in Iowa. The exhibit was also featured in a news segment on KTSF Channel 26, a local TV station serving the Asian community. Our AUTUMN GEM posters are featured in the opening shots of the segment – check out the video clip below!

It was great meeting the other artists for the first time and seeing the threads connecting our work. Engaging with them was an eye-opening and enlightening experience, and definitely gave us a new perspective on our own project.

The WOMEN我們 Exhibit runs through November 30, 2012, so be sure to check it out and invite your friends. Click on the link below to view the news segment and photos from the opening reception!


AUTUMN GEM iBook at WOMEN我們 Exhibit in San Francisco


WOMEN Exhibit

The AUTUMN GEM iBook will be on display as part of the Chinese Culture Center’s new exhibit, WOMEN我們. The exhibit, whose title means both “women” and “we,” presents 13 artists from both China and the U.S. whose works focus on the expression of feminism and sexual identity in Chinese visual culture. Paintings, drawings, video works, and installation art by female, male, and LGBTQ artists explore the themes of visibility, authority, and possibility within gendered spaces.

WOMEN我們 will be on view from September 15 – November 30, 2012. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, September 15, 1:00-4:00 with artists panel at 2:00pm. Free and open to the public!

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108


World Journal Article on Bay Area Screenings and Upcoming iBook


Back in early March we were interviewed by the World Journal regarding our Bay Area library screenings and upcoming AUTUMN GEM iBook.

張蕊、曹健鏗拍紀錄片「秋瑾」 免費看


Rae Chang and Adam Tow, producers for AUTUMN GEM







「秋瑾」今年將完成全美各地巡迴放映,但和電影相關的工作才開始。曹健鏗和張蕊已經給電影製作了解說講義(Study Guide),向學生教導認識中國女權的歷史。兩人將著手製作電子書,放在iBook上發行,並尋求適當的網路,將電影完整版放在網上,讓人一次看個夠,而不需要分幾次才能看完。



World Journal Article on History Park San Jose Screening


Here is the World Journal newspaper’s coverage of our screening at History Park San Jose on April 29.

張蕊與夫 戲說秋瑾傳奇


Adam and Rae at History Park San Jose screening






Upcoming Bay Area Screenings


Welcome 2012! We’re gearing up for the Year of the Dragon! After over 100 screenings across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong, we’ll be focusing on showings right here in the Bay Area, starting with a series at the San Mateo County Libraries.

We’ll also be hitting the East Bay (Berkeley, Fremont, Livermore, Danville, Dublin), South Bay (Cupertino, Los Altos, San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell), and San Francisco.

You can view our full screening schedule here:

Please pass the word to your friends and family. We hope to see you at one of our local events!

Autumn Gem Screenings at San Mateo County Libraries

2011 Fall Update



AUTUMN GEM will have its first Asia showing in Hong Kong next month! We’ll also have events in the Bay Area and Southern California. Check below to see if we’re headed to a venue near you. For detailed information, visit https://autumn-gem.com/screenings

September 22: Cerritos Public Library.
September 24: San Marino Chinese Club.
September 24: West Covina Library.
September 24: California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
September 25: Fullerton Library.
September 27: Diamond Bar Library.

October 3: Santa Clara City Library.
October 5: Hayward Public Library.

October 24: City University of Hong Kong.
October 24: Hong Kong Baptist University.
October 25: University of Hong Kong.
October 26: Chinese University of Hong Kong.
October 27: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
October 28: Hong Kong Institute of Education.

If you have friends in the area, please let them know. Feel free to invite them to an event on our Facebook page:



Li Jing, the star of AUTUMN GEM, recently opened a new martial arts school in Temple CIty, CA. Wushu Action Star Academy is “a world class martial arts training center providing instruction in Wushu and Taichi.” The school held their Grand Opening Celebration on September 10 and is currently enrolling students of all ages and levels.

As some of you may know, Li Jing was Rae’s first wushu coach at UC Berkeley, and we’re excited to hear she’s teaching again! For those of you living in Southern California, here’s your chance to learn from “Qiu Jin” herself!



October 10, 2011 marks the 100th year anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, the cause Qiu Jin devoted her life to. China is celebrating this momentous occasion with several events and exhibitions, including two major films that include Qiu Jin. 1911 is a historical drama directed by and starring Jackie Chan, and will feature Qiu Jin as a supporting character. The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake is a full-length feature on Qiu Jin, directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Herman Yau. Check out a scene-by-scene comparison of AUTUMN GEM with this new film here:

Hong Kong Feature Film on Qiu Jin

1911 will be released in China on September 23. The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake opens in Hong Kong on October 13. For those of you in the area, go see the films and let us know what you think of their portrayals of Qiu Jin.


Four years, three countries, and over a hundred screenings later, we’ve finally broken even on the film! Our next step is getting it aired on public television. We are currently looking into local cable channels and educational distributors such as NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association).

Hong Kong Feature Film on Qiu Jin to be Released


A new feature film on Qiu Jin called “The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake” is opening this week in Hong Kong. It’s directed by Herman Yau and stars Huang Yi as Qiu Jin and veteran actor Anthony Wong as a Qing Dynasty official.

Check out the trailer here:

And here’s our version:

Somehow I think they had a bigger budget. I thought it’d be fun to compare stills from their version with ours. What do you think – any similarities?

Qiu Jin – The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

Portrayed by Huang Yi (left) and Li Jing (right):

Qiu Jin with swordQiu Jin with sword

Gender Bender

Male attire suits her well.

Qiu Jin in man's suitQiu Jin in man's suit

Wedding Woes

Qiu Jin isn’t too happy with her arranged marriage.

Qiu Jin in arranged marriageQiu Jin in arranged marriage

Family Portrait

At least her husband and kids look like they’re having fun on the left.

Qiu Jin and familyQiu Jin and family

A Talented Writer

Writing was central to Qiu Jin’s life and I’m glad to see this element depicted in the new film. I noticed they include a voice-over of her poetry in the trailer, as we do in ours.

Qiu Jin writingQiu Jin writing

Stirring up Revolutionary Fires in Japan

Qiu Jin in JapanQiu Jin in Japan

Arrest Qiu Jin!

Arrest Qiu JinArrest Qiu Jin

Qiu Jin Makes Her Final Stand

I think their budget could afford more than our four soldiers for the final battle scene:

Qiu Jin Resisting ArrestQiu Jin Resisting Arrest

“The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake” opens on August 25 in Hong Kong. We’ll be showing AUTUMN GEM in Hong Kong as well October 24-28 – check out the full list of screenings here. We’re looking forward to watching the feature film while we’re there – it’ll be interesting to see their version of Qiu Jin!

World Journal Article on San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Screening


Here is the World Journal newspaper’s coverage of our screening at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum last Saturday. Reporter Daming Lee wrote about our first major public event at La Jolla Country Day School in May 2009.




兩位年輕人不顧資金匱乏、經驗不足,說幹就幹。他們走遍秋瑾故里浙江紹興,請教研究秋瑾的中外學者,終於在2009年完成這部長達一小時的傳記紀錄片,並在聖地牙哥的私立中學「La Jolla Country Day School」首映,受到許多好評。



Female Circumcision and Footbinding


I was alerted to an article in the New York Times recently about female genital mutilation (also known as female circumcision) in Africa. Young girls are taken to a “cutter” who carves out their clitoris and labia with a razor, then stitches the flesh back together, leaving a small opening for urination and menstruation. The purpose is for ensuring chastity and “lowering the sex drive of our daughters,” according to one practitioner.

The reporter notes that this is “a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.” I’m reminded of the similarities with footbinding. Women were the ones who carried out the process within the family (usually the mother or grandmother), and they were often the most resistant to change when the practice began to fall out of favor. In fact, even after it was officially banned in 1912, it would continue for over 30 years afterwards, perpetuated by women themselves.

While female genital mutilation is currently illegal in several African and Middle Eastern countries, it is still practiced widely and has even found its way to the U.S. Let’s hope it will be eradicated soon, and, like footbinding, seen as the inhumane violence against women that it is.