Recipe: Asian Sauteed Green Beans & Mushrooms

3-4 fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon mirin cooking wine
1/2 lbs green beans
1 tablespoon garlic fermented black bean sauce
Avocado cooking oil

1. De-stem and wash greens beans.
2. Steam green beans for 6-8 minutes.
3. Thinly slice and sprinkle mushrooms with soy sauce and mirin. Marinate for few minutes. Saute mushrooms for a few minutes, and transfer to bowl.
4. Transfer green beans to pan, and stir fry with black bean sauce, some water (or chicken broth), and mushrooms for a few minutes.
5. Serve.

Chinese Films: a curated list

Curated by Katherine Chu and Kaitlin Solimine from a course taught by USC Professor Stan Rosen.

University of Southern California Professor Stan Rosen is a specialist on Chinese film. He has shared some of his introductory required viewings and readings for students of Chinese cinema. This list includes the more mainstream Chinese productions as well as those from the Chinese “underground” (a term scholar Paul Pickowicz explains in From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China).

Consider this list a jumping off point into a much deeper engagement with the diversity and complexities of historical and contemporary Chinese film.  These films bring the individual and national problems that China faced to the fore—doing so in dramatic, comedic, romantic, and, as always, poignant ways.

Pre-1949 China on Film

Recommended Readings:

The Mao Years (Post-1949) and The Cultural Revolution

  • Hibiscus Town” (1986) [Fourth Generation Representative Film by Xie Jin]
  • The Blue Kite” (1993) [Fifth Generation Representative Film by Tian Zhuangzhuang]
  • Farewell My Concubine” (1993) [Fifth Generation Representative Film by Chen Kaige]
  • To Live” (1994) [Fifth Generation Representative Film by Zhang Yimou]
  • The Red Lantern” (1970) [Revolutionary Model Opera]
  • Serfs” (1963) [Chinese view of the Liberation of Tibet]

Recommended Readings:

China under Reform, including negative consequences of the post-1978 reforms:

Recent Box Office Blockbusters

Recommended Readings:

Original source:  [from Hippo]