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Migrant Lives Matter: ‘Nine Shots’

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The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme in association with Global Taiwan Studies Salon (EATS-NATSA-IJTS-JATS) presents an o

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The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme in association with Global Taiwan Studies Salon (EATS-NATSA-IJTS-JATS) presents an online discussion and film.When 30 October 20, 13:00-14:30 UK time 21.00-22:30 Taipei time

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‘Nine Shots’ is a pilot documentary made by Tsai Tsung-lung, a renowned documentary maker, who explores the death of a Vietnamese migrant worker that reminds us of the death of George Floyd and the injury of Jacob Blake. What motivated men and women in the Global South to seek employment in the Global North? How are guest workers portrayed by the media, particularly those who are on the run? What kind of recruitment, employment and migration regimes should be put in place between the sending and receiving states? Who, or what, is responsible for their loss of lives or their suffering of injuries at work or as a result of the use of state force? Does the use of force indicate institutional and societal discrimination? Using ‘Nine Shots’ as a prompt, this seminar interviews Director Tsai and discusses salient issues related to the migration of guest workers to their host country where they are not expected to be integrated. The documentary includes the footage recorded by the policeman’s dashcam of his firing of nine gunshots at the undocumented Vietnamese worker. Released by Hsinchu District Court, this footage was a significant piece of evidence used for the court’s ruling and a public inquiry. Audience may find it distressing to view this footage because of the degree of violence.

Panel discussants include:

Tsai Tsung-lung, Film director and Associate Professor at the Department of Communications at the National Chung Cheng University

Isabelle Cheng, Senior Lecturer in East Asian and International Development Studies at the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth

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