Calling all Chinese mythology fans! Explore the stories, ideas and beliefs of ‘Xianxia’ dramas and how Chinese traditions are gaining a new life in today’s society.
‘Xianxia’ (仙侠; ‘Immortal Heroes’) is a fantasy TV genre based on Chinese mythology. In recent years, Xianxia dramas have become a huge pop culture phenomenon in China: the internet is full of ‘top 10’ Xianxia series lists, and the dramas have helped to revive classical Chinese dress in high fashion, pop culture and cosplay spheres. True fans know that to understand Xianxia characters and their worlds, they need knowledge of classical Chinese mythology and thought. This talk uses samples from a variety of Xianxia dramas to provide insight into the stories, ideas and beliefs behind them. It also looks at new trends and internet buzzwords that they have inspired, shining a light on how Chinese traditions are gaining a new life in contemporary society.
This session is for Year 11 and Year 12 students who are studying or interested in studying Chinese in Context or Chinese and Literature, and anyone interested in Chinese mythology, media and culture.
- The webinar will be delivered in English with assumed knowledge of basic Chinese.
- Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Live Q&A session.
- The 45 minutes webinar is followed by 10 minutes information session about Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney.
The webinar is part of the ARTiculate High School Talk Series, organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.