There are two parts to this assignment (Please read those instructions in the attachment as they are extremely important on how to complete the following assignments):

Part A: Read the following (The whole thing) and answer the questions respectively.

Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre plus “Afterword” (trans. Ari Heinrich).
Content warning: This book treats questions of death, depression, and ending of
one’s life.


List five things about Qiu’s novel that you appreciated or enjoyed.
And five things that made you uncomfortable or that you did not like.
Would you feel differently about the novel if it was written by your best friend?
What would be different if Qiu wrote the novel today?
If you were going to write a novel about your experience of life at a foreign university, what would you write?

Part B: Watch the film (The whole thing) and answer the questions respectively.

WATCH Yan Yan Mak’s Butterfly before class: Mak, Yan Yan (麥婉欣). Butterfly
(wuh dihp/hu die 蝴蝶). In Cantonese with English subtitles.


What was unique about the film?
What languages are spoken in the film, and by whom?
Did it end the way you thought it would?
What are the backgrounds of the main actors?
What if you read the film as an allegory for the political relationship between Taiwan and Hong Kong?

Part C: Read (or view) the following and summarize it in your own words:


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