Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Eros and Power
Chie Lee, M.A.
Friday, April 18th, 2003
Director Ang Lee's much honored film is a fable which describes the mythical world of wu xia—the heroes and heroines in the realm of Chinese martial arts. It is also a tale of the paradoxical nature in the struggle between eros and power, the masculine and the feminine, Taoism and Confucianism. This presentation is inspired by Ms. Lee's love of these wu xia stories from her childhood. It will explore the film's symbolic and psychological meaning, grounded in her personal journey and experience as a woman in the Chinese culture and the impact of the patriarchy on the development of the feminine.
Chie Lee, M.A., MFCC, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in West Los Angeles. She was born in Shanghai, and before emigrating to the United States, spent her first eighteen years in China, Macao, Hong Kong and Thailand. She is on faculty at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and is a member of the editorial board of Psychological Perspectives.