Jinghao Zhou, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures, is the author of a film review, “The Clash of Traditional Culture: My View On 'The Day Sun Turned Cold,'” published in the Journal of Asian Cinema, Vol. 17. no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2006).
Zhou, who shows the film in his Chinese cinema class, said it helps students understand the issue of conflict between Chinese tradition and contemporary Chinese society, especially the subject of Chinese ethics and family relationships.
Through the interpretation of the story, he argues that neither Confucian filial piety nor the principle of rule of law can remedy the conflict between Chinese tradition and modern life. Indeed, China needs to incorporate traditional Chinese culture into the modern culture instead of simply burying or manipulating it.
Before joining the faculty in 2001, Zhou received a bachelor's from Nanjing University, a master's from Wuhan University, a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Baylor University.
The Journal of Asian Cinema is not available online.