ESP Biography

BENJAMIN GUGGENHEIM, Columbia University junior: Chinese & Business

Major: East Asian Languages and Culture

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a global-minded individual with an interest in all things related to East Asia, Film & Media, and Sustainable Development. I enjoy teaching, and when I am not in the classroom you can find me playing soccer, watching movies or exploring the city with friends.

Past Classes

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X959: Chinese Cinema -- History, Politics and Business in Tides Spring 2021 (Feb. 07, 2021)
Have you ever wanted to learn more about global film and how cinema developed elsewhere around the world? Do you sometimes wonder why blockbusters like 'Transformers' or 'The Martian' are partially filmed in China? Perhaps you are curious about Chinese censorship? Or, maybe, you just want to watch some cool Kung fu and anime movies? These are all perfect reasons to sign-up for Chinese Cinema -- History, Politics and Business. This course will cover the origins of cinema in the Middle Kingdom (China), introduce some of the ways that the medium/art form evolved or was constrained over a century of revolution and political and economic reform, and end by analyzing how the global Film industry continues to adapt to a rising Chinese market and audience. No previous background in Chinese language, culture or film is required for this course.