The Wedding Banquet

Cultural exchange and interaction are priceless, if difficult.  What are some of the practices and traditions you observed for the first time in this film?

Why do some situations lead an observer to think cultures are mutually exclusive?  How can one reconcile competing expectations between different environments?

If this movie inspires you to explore culture, psychology, directors, or authors, the library can connect you with other films, novels, and research.  The links below include print and ebooks (but you are invited to skim and read specific chapters) and remember Bobst can scan a small portion of a book, sometimes a chapter.

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If this film prompts you to explore further, the library can connect you with several different paths of research.  Read on to learn about how to analyze film or locate similar types of films to watch.

From music videos to a documentary–did the director succeed?  Does his experience in filming music influence his choices in crafting the documentary? If film analysis sounds interesting to you, explore the shelves on 4F around the call numbers in PN 1995.

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Books to change your thinking

  1. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett
  2. Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman
  3. Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard
  4. Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick

Click the titles to see where they are in the library, and click the Goodreads link for book reviews. If you’re a Goodreads user, don’t forget to add NYU Shanghai Library to your friends list.

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Library Hours in Spring Break and Qingming Holiday

Dear faculty, student, and staff,

NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will be closed from Apr. 5 to Apr. 8. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at, or use the chat widget on the library website.

Hope you have a wonderful Spring Break!

NYU Shanghai Library