Lincroft NJ, March 29, 2010 - Brookdale will host independent filmmakers Rae Chang and Adam Tow who through personal investments and sacrifices, created the documentary Autumn Gem which recounts the life of China’s first heroine Qiu Jin who worked to help women free themselves from the confines of tradition and emerge as strong and active citizens of a new and modern nation. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center, Navesink room 1. Discussion will follow the screening of the film.
Qiu Jin, whose family name means ‘autumn’ and personal name means ‘jade,’ grew up during the 1900’s in a wealthy family and received an excellent literary education, courtesy of her scholarly parents. Rebellious from an early age, she preferred archery and martial arts over sewing and embroidery.
Married at eighteen by arrangement, Qiu Jin had two children. Unhappy with married life, she ignored the expected lifestyle of a submissive wife and to her husband’s embarrassment, took up sword fighting, wine drinking and embraced Western’s men’s dress and their philosophies.
In 1904 she travelled alone to Japan to study. She became the first woman to join the Republican Party (Ko Ming Tang). Jin wrote for revolutionary journals on the need to emancipate and educate Chinese women. She took a series of teaching positions and started the Chinese Women’s News magazine. In a secretive manner she managed to train her students and local people as an army.
Qiu Jin became the most recognized Chinese female activist against inequalities against women. The audience will surely be moved by the determination and courage of this remarkable heroine. Chang and Tow will answer questions about the film itself and their journey to creating it.