Prof. Ying ZHU
Professor
Director of Centre for Film and Moving Image Research

yingzhu@hkbu.edu.hk
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Education: 
Ph.D. (Radio/Television/ Film, University of Texas at Austin)

Area of Interests: 
Chinese Film and Television / Hollywood Film / Studio History

Major Highlights: 
2019 Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (Coedited with Stanley Rosen and Kingsley Edney, Routledge, 2019)
https://bunews.hkbu.edu.hk/news/knowledge/new-book-by-staff-20-march-2020

Review on The American Interest:
https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/03/30/hard-truths-about-chinas-soft-power/?utm-access=mbayles
2015 Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (New York: New Press, Hardcopy in 2013; Paperback in 2014; Spanish Edition in 2015), 291
2011 Women’s Studies in the West (Lead editor, co-edited with Jieyu Liu & Yachien Huang, Beijing: People’s University Press, 2011; in Chinese), 233
2010 Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema (lead editor, co-edited with Stanley Rosen, Hong Kong University Press, 2010), 292
2009 TV China (lead editor, co-edited with Chris Berry; Indiana University Press, 2009), 259
2008 TV drama in China (lead editor, co-edited with Michael Keane and Ruoyun Bai, Hong Kong University Press, 2008), 276
Television in Post-Reform China: Serial Dramas, Confucian Leadership and Global Television Market (London: Routledge, 2008), 176
2005 Television Dramas: the US and Chinese Perspectives (co-edited with Chungjing Qu; Shanghai: Shanlian Press, 2005; in Chinese), 569
2003 Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform: the Ingenuity of the System (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003), 230
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Education

University of Texas at Austin, Radio/Television/ Film, Ph.D.

Major Publications

Books

2019 Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (Coedited with Stanley Rosen and Kingsley Edney, Routledge, 2019)
https://bunews.hkbu.edu.hk/news/knowledge/new-book-by-staff-20-march-2020

Review on The American Interest: 
https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/03/30/hard-truths-about-chinas-soft-power/?utm-access=mbayles
2015 Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (New York: New Press, Hardcopy in 2013; Paperback in 2014; Spanish Edition in 2015), 291
2011 Women’s Studies in the West (Lead editor, co-edited with Jieyu Liu & Yachien Huang, Beijing: People’s University Press, 2011; in Chinese), 233
2010 Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema (lead editor, co-edited with Stanley Rosen, Hong Kong University Press, 2010), 292
2009 TV China (lead editor, co-edited with Chris Berry; Indiana University Press, 2009), 259
2008 TV drama in China (lead editor, co-edited with Michael Keane and Ruoyun Bai, Hong Kong University Press, 2008), 276
Television in Post-Reform China: Serial Dramas, Confucian Leadership and Global Television Market (London: Routledge, 2008), 176
2005 Television Dramas: the US and Chinese Perspectives (co-edited with Chungjing Qu; Shanghai: Shanlian Press, 2005; in Chinese), 569
2003 Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform: the Ingenuity of the System (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003), 230

Refereed Journal Articles

1.   “Film as soft power and hard currency: The Sino-Hollywood courtship” THE ONLINE JOURNAL OF THE CHINA POLICY INSTITUTE (JULY 5, 2017): https://cpianalysis.org/2017/07/05/film-as-soft-power-and-hard-currency-the-sino-hollywood- courtship/
2.   “Corruption and It’s (dis)content: The Rise and Fall of Chinese Officialdom Television Dramas,” Screen (Oxford UP) (2016) 57 (2): 235-249: https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjw024
3.   “Tracing the Sino-Hollywood Relationship,” Journal of Film Culture Studies (in Chinese; Fall 2015): 185-192
4.   “The Sino-Hollywood Relationship—Then & Now,” Weber - The Contemporary West (Featured Article in Spring-Summer 2015 Film Edition of the Journal): 26-36
5.   “Live, From Beijing,” Cairo Review of Global Affairs (February 2013): http://www.aucegypt.edu/gapp/cairoreview/Pages/articleDetails.aspx?aid=296
6.   “Li Yang’s Socially Conscious Film as Marginal Cinema-- China’s State-Capital Alliance and its Cultural Ramifications,” Chinese Journal of Communication Vol 2 (2009): 212-226
7.   “Hollywood and Transnational Chinese Language Films,” Journal of Communication and Society Vol 7 (2009): 133-156 (in Chinese).
8.   “Transnational Chinese Language Cinema and Hollywood Blockbuster Films,” World Cinema Vol 3, (2008): 48-61 (in Chinese).
9.   “Transnational Circulation of Chinese Language Television Dramas,” Global Media and Communication Volume 4 (1) 2008: 61-82.
10.   “Feng Xiaogang and Chinese New Year Film,” Asian Cinema Spring & Summer, 2007: 43-64
11.   “Sun Mingjin and John Grierson, a Comparative Study of Early Chinese and British Documentary Film Movement,” Asian Cinema Spring & Summer 2006: 230-245.
12.   “Sun Mingjin and the Development of Chinese Documentary Filmmaking,” Film Art No. 2 (2006) 14-18 (in Chinese).
13.   “Yongzheng Dynasty and Chinese Primetime Television Drama,” Cinema Journal 44.4 (2005) 3-17 (lead article for this issue of CJ).
14.    The Current State of Film Theory and Practice in the West,” Contemporary Cinema 6. (2004) 26-35 (in Chinese).
15.    "Chinese Cinema’s Economic Reform from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s," Journal of Communication 52.4 (2002) 905-921.
16.   “Commercialization and Chinese Cinema’s Post-Wave," Consumption, Markets & Culture 5.3 (2002) 187-209.
17.    "Cinematic Modernization and Chinese Cinema's First Art Wave," Quarterly Review of Film & Video 18.4 (2001) 451-471.
18.   "From New Wave to Post New Wave: Chinese Fifth Generation's Cinematic Transition," Asian Culture Quarterly 28.2 (2000) 13-48.
19.   “Commercialism and Nationalism: Chinese Cinema’s First Wave of Entertainment Films,” CineAction 47 (1998) 56-66.
20.   “Tradition in Modernity,” Asian/Pacific Journal 20.2 (1998)13-23.
21.   “Tracing the Sino-Hollywood Relationship,” In Yaping Ding (Ed.) Cinema and TV Culture (Beijing, China Film Press, 2015), 185-193.
22.   “China’s Cultural War Against the West,” In Robin Jeffrey & Ronojoy Sen (Eds.), Media at Work in China and India: Discovery and Dissection (London: Sage, 2015)
23.   “From Anticorruption to Officialdom: The Transformation of Chinese Dynasty TV Drama,” In Carlos Rojas & Eileen Cheng-yin Chow (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (Oxford University Press, 2013)
24.   “Cross-Fertilization in Chinese Cinema and Television: A Strategic Turn in Cultural Policy,” in Yingjin Zhang (Ed.) Blackwell Companion to Chinese Cinema, (Blackwell Publisher, 2012)
25.   “The Evolution of Chinese Film as an Industry” (co-authored with Seio Nakajima), “The Cinematic Transition of the Fifth Generation Auteurs” (co-authored with Bruce Robinson), & “Feng Xiaogang and Chinese Domestic Box-Office Films,” in Art, Politics, and Commerce in Chinese Cinema, co-edited by Ying Zhu & Stanley Rosen (Hong Kong University Press, 2010).
26.    “Sun Mingjing: Pioneer of Chinese Educational Films,” in Carol Lee Hamrin (ed.) Salt and Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China (Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2009)
27.    “Global Circulation of Chinese Language TV Drama,” in Convergence and Divergence: On Chinese Film and Television Culture, co-edited by Hu Zhifeng and Dong Xiaoyu (Chongqing: Southwest Normal University Press, 2009; in Chinese).
28.   “Transnational Circulation of Chinese Language Television dramas,” in TV China, co-edited by Ying Zhu & Chris Berry (Indiana University Press, 2009).
29.   “Yongzheng Dynasty and Authoritarian Nostalgia,” in TV Drama in China, co-edited by Ying Zhu, Michael Keane, & Bai Ruoyun (Hong Kong University Press, 2008): 21-32
30.   “Cinema and Media Studies in the West,” in Communication Research in the West, co-edited by Lu Shuming and Hong Junhao (Beijing: People’s University Press, 2007) 276-296
31.   “Chinese Cinema’s Commercial Wave,” in Contemporary Chinese Cinema, edited by Luis Miranda (Granada, Spain: Festival Cines del Sur, 2007; in English & Spanish) 157-192
32.   “Sun Mingjin and Early Chinese Documentary Filmmaking” (co-authored with Tongdao Zhang), in Ombre Elettriche Cento anni di cinema cinese 1905-2005, co-edited by Marco Muller and Elena Pollacchi (Venice, Italy: Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, 2005; in English & Italian) 64-74.
33.  “Yongzheng Dynasty and the Revisionist Qing Drama: Chinese Primetime Television’s Historical Turn” in Television Dramas: the US and Chinese Perspectives, co-edited by Qu Chunjin & Ying Zhu (Shanghai: Shanlian Press, 2005; in Chinese) 46-65.

Other Publications

Commissioned Magazine and Newspaper Articles 

1.   “The Same Old ‘China Story’ Keeps Chinese Sci-Fi Earthbound,” ChinaFile (September 30, 2019): http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/same-old-china-story-keeps-chinese-sci-fi-earthbound
2.   “Can China Expand its Beachhead in Hollywood?” Foreign Policy (February 24, 2017) http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/24/is-the-search-for-a-china-hollywood-blockbuster-doomed- great-wall-fail/
3.   “Behind the Personality Cult of Xi Jinping: He may be China’s most powerful leader in decades. Here’s what he hopes to gain – and stands to lose.” Foreign Policy (March 8, 2016) http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/08/the-personality-cult-of-xi-jinping-china-leader-communist- party/
4.   “Xi Jinping: A Cult of Personality?” ChinaFile (Saturday, March 5, 2016): http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/xi-jinping-cult-personality#comment-2671
5.   “What Can “Bridge of Spies” Reveal to the Chinese About the Limits of Chinese Cinema?” Los Angeles Review of Books (Dec 30, 2015): https://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/what-can-bridge- of-spies-reveal-to-the-chinese-about-the-limits-of-chinese-cinema
6.   “Has Chinese Film Finally Produced a Real Hero?” ChinaFile (August 18, 2015): http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/has-chinese-film-finally-produced-real-hero
7.   “China’s Spring Festival Gala: Political Theater Made to Party Orders” The Wall Street Journal (February 21, 2015): http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/02/21/chinas-spring-festival-gala- political-theater-made-to-party-orders/
8.   “国产电影真打败了好莱坞大片?” 上海观察 (Shanghai Observer; Aug 22, 2015): http://www.shobserver.com/wx/detail.do?id=6318
9.   “生活大爆炸被审查后,大众并未抵抗,” Unusual Commentaries (An online literary magazine from Beijing University; Feb 23, 2015)
10.   “How U.S. Soft Power Won the Chinese Box Office” Foreign Policy (September 6, 2014): http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/06/how_us_soft_power_won_chinas_box_office _transformers_4_hollywood
11.   “‘Transformers 4’ May Pander to China, But America Still Wins,” ChinaFile (Sept 4, 2014) http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/transformers-4-may-pander- china-america-still-wins
12.   “After ‘Big Bang Theory’ Censorship, No Mass Viewer Revolt,” Wall Street Journal (May 19, 2014) http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/05/19/after-big-bang-theory-censorship-no-mass- viewer-revolt/
13.   “Why Frank Underwood is Great for China’s Soft Power,” Business Spectator (March 4, 2014) http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/3/4/china/why-frank-underwood-great-chinas- soft-power; ChinaFile (Feb 27, 2014) https://www.chinafile.com/Frank-Underwood-Great- Chinas-Soft-Power
14.   “變形金剛4向中國獻媚不遺餘力,但美國還是真正勝利的一方” The New Lens (An online magazine in Taiwan; Sept 24, 2014): http://www.thenewslens.com/post/75412
15.   “纸牌屋:弗兰克。安德伍德何以’有益于’中国软实力,” Unusual Commentaries (An online literary magazine from Beijing University; April 9, 2014): http://10jiaoyu.com/feed/10185767
16.   “中國政府為什麼不封殺紙牌屋?” The New Lens (An online magazine in Taiwan; April 1, 2014): http://www.thenewslens.com/post/32922/
17.   “Hollywood Powerhouses Meet a Sleeping Giant,” Los Angeles Times (Nov 9, 2013) http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-ca-china-essay- 20131110,0,7606609,full.story#axzz2zijIdMdd
18.   “China’s Sex and the City Film is a Great Leap Backward for Women,” The Atlantic (July 2013) http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/07/chinas-sex-and-the-city-film-is-a-great-leap- backward-for-women/277841/
19.   “The Rite of Passage to No Where,” China File (July 2013) http://www.chinafile.com/rite- passage-nowhere
20.   “Reading Into Official Corruption” China Economic Review (July 2013) http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/reading-official-corruption-chinese-media-officials- novels-tv-television-ying-zhu
21.   “China Travels Back Down the River” Wall Street Journal (June 14, 2013) http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/06/04/china-travels-back-down-the-river/
22.   “Reading Into Official Corruption” China Economic Review (May 27, 2013) http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/reading-official-corruption-chinese-media-officials- novels-tv-television-ying-zhu
23.    “Domestic Drama” China Economic Review (May 2, 2013) http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/domestic-drama
24.    “Can Hollywood Romance Chinese Film-Goers?” The Atlantic (April 25, 2013) http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/04/can-hollywood-romance-chinese-film- goers/275313/
25.   “Will China Unchain Django?” CNN (April 17, 2013) http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/17/will-china-unchain-django/
26.   “A Beginning for China’s Battered Women,” ChinaFile (February11, 2013) http://www.chinafile.com/beginning-chinas-battered-women
27.   “Why China Struggles to Find Soft Power Voice,” CNN (February 6, 2013) http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/06/why-china-struggles-to-find-soft-power- voice/
28.   “‘Real Progress’: Parsing China’s Censorship Protests,” Wall Street Journal (January 14, 2013) http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/01/14/real-progress-parsing-chinas-censorship-protests
29.  “《小时代》:中国电影版“欲望都市”反映女性的巨大退步,” The Translation Net (A China Based website; July 17, 2013): http://article.yeeyan.org/view/374238/370175
30.  “The Inside Story of When China's State-Run TV Criticized the Party,” The Atlantic (June 2012) http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/06/the-inside-story-of-when- chinas-state-run-tv-criticized-the-party/258102/
31.  “Two Billion Eyes,” Asia Society Website (May 31, 2012): http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/book-excerpt-two-billion-eyes-story-china-central-television- ying-zhu
32.  “The Cultivated and the Vulgar: China's Cultural War” Asian Creative Transformations (4/2/12) http://www.creativetransformations.asia/2012/04/the-cultivated-and-the-vulgar-chinas-cultural- war/
33.  “Critical Masses, Commerce, and Shifting State-Society Relations in China” China Beat (February 17, 2010): http://www.thechinabeat.org/?p=1526
34.  “The Past and Present of Shanghai and Chinese Cinema” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006): http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-001.html
35.  “Cinematic Representation of Poverty and Widening Social Gap in Contemporary China” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006): http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll- china-media-002.html
36.  “The Confucian Tradition and Chinese Television Today” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006): http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-003.html
37.  “The Cinematic Negotiation of Chinese Identity” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006): http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-004.html
38.  “Chinese TV Dramas: Will Confucius Save the Day?” AsiaMedia (February 7, 2006): http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=38580

REFEREED CHAPTERS IN BOOKS SINCE 2010

2019 “The Battle of Images: Cultural Diplomacy and Sino-Hollywood Negotiation,” in Stanley Rosen, Kingsley Edney, & Ying Zhu (Eds.) Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (Routledge, 2019)
“Chinese Television: Control and Expansion,” in Shawn Shimpach (Ed.) Routledge Companion to Global Television (Routledge, 2019)
“China’s Entertainment Industry,” in Paolo Sigismondi (Ed.) World Entertainment Media: Global, Regional and Local Perspectives (Routledge, 2019)
2015 “China’s Cultural War Against the West,” In Robin Jeffrey & Ronojoy Sen (Eds.), Media at Work in China and India: Discovery and Dissection (London: Sage, 2015)
2013 “From Anticorruption to Officialdom: The Transformation of Chinese Dynasty TV Drama,” In Carlos Rojas & Eileen Cheng-yin Chow (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (Oxford University Press, 2013)
2012 “Cross-Fertilization in Chinese Cinema and Television: A Strategic Turn in Cultural Policy,” in Yingjin Zhang (Ed.) Blackwell Companion to Chinese Cinema, (Blackwell Publisher, 2012)
2010 “The Evolution of Chinese Film as an Industry” (co-authored with Seio Nakajima), “The Cinematic Transition of the Fifth Generation Auteurs” (co-authored with Bruce Robinson), & “Feng Xiaogang and Chinese Domestic Box-Office Films,” in Art, Politics, and Commerce in Chinese Cinema, co-edited by Ying Zhu & Stanley Rosen (Hong Kong University Press, 2010)

MAJOR ACADEMIC LECTURES & PUBLIC TALKS SINCE 2010

2019 Invited speaker, “The Politics and Optics of Sino-Hollywood Negotiation: Trade War, Elections, and Hong Kong,” The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (December 6, 2019): https://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/2019/11/12-06-the-politics-of-sino-hollywood-negotiation-trumps-trade-war-presidential-elections-and-hong-kong/
Invited speaker, “TRUMP’S TRADE WAR AND SINO-HOLLYWOOD NEGOTIATION” at the Fairbank Center, Harvard University, Oct 2, 2019: https://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/events/ying-zhu-sino-hollywood-relations-critical-issues-confronting-china-series/
Invited Speaker, “The China-Hollywood Dance” at the Young China Watchers’ Hong Kong Office, January 15, 2019: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ycw-hk-the-china-hollywood-dance-tickets-54127565004
2017 Invited Speaker, “US and Asia: Leadership in a Time of Change” at the Future of Asia Conference organized by Los Angeles World Affair’s Council, Santa Monica, September 14- 15, 2017: http://futureofasia.org/
2017 Invited speaker for the panel, “Hollywood and Beijing,” at the Symposium organized by the New American Foundations, “Trade, War, and China in the 21st Century Beyond TPP – Does America Need a New Global Strategy?” Washington DC, September 21, 2016
“Film and Soft Power,” East Asia Studies Program at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, July 2016
“Sino-Hollywood Relation,” A Talk given to the Film Studies Program at the Yale University, April 14, 2016
“Sino-Hollywood relations, Then and Now,” a talk given at the “The Media History of Identity and Place” Symposium hosted by The International Association for Media and History at the University of Southern California on January 8, 2016
2015 “Soft Power & China Central Television,” Talk given at the Columbia Journalism School,December 2014 & February 2015
“Chinese Serial Television Drama,” Presentation at the Symposium on Global Serial TV Drama at the CUNY Graduate Center, April 2015
“Film as Soft Power and Hard Currency: The Sino-Hollywood Courtship,” talk at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China (FCCC), Shanghai, Jan 19, 2015 & talk at the FCCC Beijing hosted by the Canadian Embassy, Jan 16, 2015
2014 “Chinese Media Censorship,” a talk co-sponsored by CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Interactive Technology an Pedagogy Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, April 30, 2014: http://centerforthehumanities.org/events/Chinese-Media-Censorship
“China Central Television and Chinese Soft Power,” Invited talk at the University of Temple, March 31, 2014
“Chinese Media and Society,” Invited talks at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, March 14- 24, 2014
2014 “Chinese TV and Media,” Invited talk at the US-China Institute, Annenberg School of Communication, The University of Southern California (Sept 5, 2013)
“Hollywood and Chinese Films,” Invited talk at Center for the Pacific Rim, the University of San Francisco (Sept 3, 2013): https://www.usfca.edu/center-asia-pacific/events/2013/
“China Central Television,” Invited talk at the Journalism School, Columbia University (Jan 31, 2013)
“The Sino-Hollywood Courtship,” Invited speaker at the Conference, “The Intellectual Foundations of Global Commerce and Communications,” Harvard University (March 28-29, 2013)
“Film as Soft Power and Hard Currency,” A talk jointly organized by the Young China Watchers and the Hopkins Center in Shanghai, Shanghai (July 2013)
2012 “China’s Cultural War,” Invited talk at the Columbia Seminar on China, Columbia University (Nov 15, 2012)
2011 “Chinese Dynasty Drama as Political Discourse,” Invited speaker at the “the Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas Workshop” at Duke University, April 15-16, 2011
“Mainstream/Professional vs. Marginal/Amateur?” Association for Asian Studies 2011 Conference, Hawaii, March 2011
“A Date with Luyu and Glocal Talk,” Invited speaker at the workshop, “Global Oprah: Celebrity as Transnational Icon,” Yale University, February 25-26, 2011
“The Cross-fertilization of Chinese Film and TV Industries: The Case of CCTV's Movie Channel," Invited keynote speaker for a Joint Conference sponsored by University of Nottingham and Tsinghua University, “International Seminar for Cinema and Television Art and Industry in 3-D Age,” Beijing, January 11-12, 2011
“Chinese Officialdom TV Dramas,” Media and Culture in Contemporary China Conference UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center, October 2011
2010 “Google, Avatar, and China’s State-Society Relationship,” Invited Talk at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, August, 2010
“Google, Avatar, and China Online,” Invited talk at the Princeton University, April 28, 2010
“Chinese Television and the Transformation of Chinese Society,” Invited talk at Google, Inc. (Manhattan), February 22, 2010