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


Autumn Gem Article in the World Journal


We have a new article from David Wang about Autumn Gem, our screening tomorrow at the Chinese Culture Center, and our new iPad textbook, in the World Journal today:

自2007年開始籌畫研究,2009年自費開拍「秋瑾」紀錄片的華裔第二代張蕊(Rae Chang)與先生曹健鏗(Adam Tow),日前完成「秋瑾」(Autumn Gem)電子書,已在蘋果iBook上架。內容不但有文字,還有圖片及電影片段,是一本「多媒體電子書」。「秋瑾」目前在舊金山中華文化中心展出,張蕊和曹健鏗將於本周六,17日上午11時,在中心講解電影及示範電子書。






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


Autumn Gem Textbook Now Available for iBooks 2


We are excited to announce the release of AUTUMN GEM: The Story of Modern China’s First Feminist for the Apple iPad! This interactive book features Qiu Jin’s writings in Chinese with English translations, photo galleries, and selected video clips from the documentary. It is available to purchase for $4.99 from Apple’s iBookstore. For more information and to view a free preview, visit:


Check out the screenshots below:

iBook Screenshot 1

iBook Screenshot 2

iBook Screenshot 3

iBook Screenshot 4

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

Santa Clara and Hayward Public Libraries Screening Recap


We’re just hours away from boarding a plane to Hong Kong for our final screenings for 2011. Last week, we had two screenings in public libraries in the San Francisco Bay Area. We showed the film at the Santa Clara City Library and the Hayward Public Library.

Though I’m writing this as I’m furiously packing, it was nice to have some local screenings for a change. The Santa Clara library is five minutes from our house and is the library that we personally go to. Both screenings had very enthusiastic crowds who posed many questions when the lights came back up. We’ve been showing a version of the film that has Chinese subtitles during the spoken English sections. We’ve been working on this version for the past several months in anticipation of our Hong Kong trip.

We’ll be scheduling more screenings at local libraries around the Bay Area in 2012. Check our screenings page for a full list or join our mailing list to get quarterly updates.

And now for some photos from Santa Clara and Hayward.