GCSE / ASSET Study Session: Chinese (Mandarin)

Recommended for GCSE Chinese learners, ages 14-19.

Capacity: 158 places

A full screening of Little Red Flowers (Kan shang qu hen mei), with an introduction in English, post-screening activities and group exercises in Chinese and English. Lecturers Robert Hamilton and Amy Wang will focus the session around topics to complement the GCSE Chinese specification including relationships with family and friends, social issues and equality, school and college.

Based on the 1999 semi-autobiographical novel Could be Beautiful by Wang Shuo, Little Red Flowers is a poignant and touching drama about a precocious child’s struggle to conform in post-revolutionary Beijing.

This session is organised in collaboration with Routes into Languages North West Consortium, the Community and Lesser Taught Languages project (COLT), MMU.

Led by Robert Hamilton (Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, MMU) and Amy Wang (Chinese Lecturer, MMU).

ScreeningLittle Red Flowers (Kan shang qu hen mei) 12A

Director: Yuan Zhang, China/Italy, 2006, 92 mins. In Mandarin with full English subtitles.

The tale of a young boy who, when starting school for the first time, struggles to fit in to a strictly regimented society in post-revolutionary China.