The White Snake between China and Korea in a Global Context

A Book Talk with Dr. Liang Luo

The White Snake between China and Korea in a Global Context, Friday April 9th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The White Snake between China and Korea in a Global Context

About the Event

In the Chinese legend of the White Snake, woman is not seduced by the snake but is herself the snake, who would form a sexual liaison with a human male, and, in some versions, even give birth to a human son. Originating as a very local legend on the deadly dangers of seduction and infatuation, the story grew into one of China’s most popular love stories that allowed its adapters past and present to explore all possibilities of the relations between the sexes. This talk opens with Lady White Snake’s symbolic travel from a Japan-inspired Korean webtoon to a Korea-inspired Chinese webtoon, which serves as a most recent example and a fitting metaphor for the multidirectional travels of the White Snake Legend in an Asian and global context. The body of the talk centers on two Korean “White Snake” films. These Korean films worked together with other case studies to transform the White Snake legend into a story of love and reconciliation, a story full of humor and humanity. The talk ends with references to contemporary Anglophone “White Snake” projects as sites for celebrating Asian American and other minority identities in the United States.


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the East Asia National Resource Center at the George Washington University.



The event is open to the public. Registered guests will receive confirmation email with details for joining ZOOM 24 hours prior the event.

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