Prof. ZHU Ying

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: 
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

1996 - 2000 University of Texas at Austin, Radio/Television/ Film, Ph.D.

Major Publications

Books

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.

Encyclopedia / Dictionary Entries

1.   “Chinese Fifth Generation Filmmaker,” In David Pong, Encyclopedia of Modern China (Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons Reference Books, 2010)
2.  “The Chinese Sixth Generation Filmmaker,” In John Downing, Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media (Sage Publications, 2009)
3.  “Chinese Comrade Literature,” “Cui Zi’en,” “Chinese Underground Filmmaking,” “Wong Karwai,” “Ts’ai Mingliang,” “Li Yu,” and “Cheng Yushu,” In David Gerstner (ed.)
4.   International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture – Contemporary Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual Cultures (London: Routledge: 2006)

Other Publications

Commissioned Magazine and Newspaper Articles 

1.   “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/
2.   “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/
3.   “Xi Jinping: A Cult of Personality?” ChinaFile (Saturday, March 5, 2016): http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/xi-jinping-cult-personality#comment-2671
4.   “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
5.   “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
6.   “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/
7.   “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
8.   “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)
9.   “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
10.   “‘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
11.   “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/
12.   “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
13.   “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
14.   “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
15.   “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/
16.   “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
17.   “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/
18.   “The Rite of Passage to No Where,” China File (July 2013) http://www.chinafile.com/rite- passage-nowhere
19.   “Reading Into Official Corruption” China Economic Review (July 2013) http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/reading-official-corruption-chinese-media-officials- novels-tv-television-ying-zhu
20.   “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/
21.   “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
22.    “Domestic Drama” China Economic Review (May 2, 2013) http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/domestic-drama
23.    “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/
24.   “Will China Unchain Django?” CNN (April 17, 2013) http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/17/will-china-unchain-django/
25.   “A Beginning for China’s Battered Women,” ChinaFile (February11, 2013) http://www.chinafile.com/beginning-chinas-battered-women
26.   “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/
27.   “‘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
28.  “《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
29.  “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/
30.  “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
31.  “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/
32.  “Critical Masses, Commerce, and Shifting State-Society Relations in China” China Beat (February 17, 2010): http://www.thechinabeat.org/?p=1526
33.  “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
34.  “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
35.  “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
36.  “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
37.  “Chinese TV Dramas: Will Confucius Save the Day?” AsiaMedia (February 7, 2006): http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=38580

Book Reviews

1.   Review of Aynne Kokas’s book “Hollywood Made in China,” H-Net Reviews (August, 2017): http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=49546
2.    Review of Tania Lewis, Fran Martin and Wanning Sun’s book “Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia,” The China Quarterly, Volume 230, July 2017, 554-556
3.   Review of Ruoyun Bai and Geng Song’s book “Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century: Entertaining the Nation,” Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies (Spring 2016 issue)
4.   Review of Paul Pickowicz’s book “China on Film,” Journal of Asian Studies Volume 73, Issue 03, August 2014, 796-797
5.   Review of Li Daoxing’s book “The Cultural History of Chinese Cinema: 1905-2004” Chinese Journal of Communication Vol.1, No. 1, April 2008, 119-121

Documentary

1.   Co-Producer, researcher, and interviewer of “China: From Cartier to Confucius,” a 50 minutes documentary for VPRO, the Netherlands National Television’s Backlight Program; Broadcasted on the Netherlands National Public TV on October 22, 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibo7SHK9vaw)
2.    Co-Producer, researcher, and interviewer of “Google versus China,” a 50 minutes documentary for VPRO, the Netherlands National Television’s Backlight Program (First aired April 18, 2011: http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/2010-2011/ongekend-china/google-versus- china.html)
3.   One of the Interviewers for “What Does China Think?” a 50 minutes documentary for VPRO, the Netherlands National TV’s Backlight Program (First aired March 28, 2011: http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/2010-2011/ongekend-china/wat-denkt-china.html)
4.   Writer, Director, & Producer of “Traveler with A Camera: Sun Mingjing and Early Chinese Documentary Filmmaking” 2009 (Sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies)

Current Membership in Professional Societies

1.   Asian Cinema Studies Society
2.   Association for Asian Studies
3.   Chinese Communication Association
4.   European Network for Cinema and Media Studies International Communication Association
5.  International Association for Media and Communication Research Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Activities as Reviewer

Reviewer for Book and Journal Manuscripts

1.  Asian Journal of Social Science
2.  Asian Politics and Policy
3.  Asian Studies Review
4.  Anthropologie et Sociétés
5.  China Information
6.  China Perspectives
7.  Critical Studies in Media Communications
8.  Critical Studies in Television
9.  Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review
10.  Global Media and Communication
11.  The International Journal of Cultural Policy
12.  The International Journal of Communication
13.  Journal of Asian Studies
14.  Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
15.  Scope: Online Journal for Film Studies

 

1.   Duke University Press 
2.  Stanford University Press
3.  Oxford University Press
4.  Palgrave Macmillan Routledge
5.  Rowman & Littlefield University of Florida Press
6.  University of Hawaii Press

Activities as a Grant Assessor

1.   Australia Research Council
2.  British Academy Research Grants Council National Endowment for the Humanities, USA
3.  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Swiss National Science Foundation
4.  Research Grants Council, Hong Kong

Editorial Board Member

1.   Routledge “Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia” series (UK)
2.  “Series on Western Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” People’s University Press (China)
3.  The Asian Journal of Communication (Singapore) International Journal of Communication (US)

Scholarship

Academic and Professional Honors

External

2018 Selected as a media expert for SheSource, an online database of Women’s Media Center founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem
2017 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Hong Kong Baptist University Fellow
2015 Senior Visiting Fellow, Journalism School, Fudan University, China
2013 American Council of Learned Society’s Seminar Award Honorary University Professor, Shanghai University
Member of Columbia Seminar, “Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation,” Columbia University (ongoing)
2012 My documentary, “China: From Cartier to Confucius” premiered at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht on September 28, 2012; It was broadcasted on the Netherlands National Public TV’s “Backlight” Program on October 22, 2012 and was mentioned at a Netherlands Parliamentary Hearing in Oct 2012 concerning funding for Public Broadcasting as an example of quality programs Public Television can offer
2011 My documentary, “Google versus China,” a 50 minutes program for VPRO, the Netherlands National Television’s Backlight Program aired on April 18, 2011 (http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/2010-2011/ongekend-china/google-versus-china.html)
2010 Senior Research Fellow at the Fudan University, China
2010 - 2013 Honorary Professor of Media Studies, College of Media and Communication, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
2008
American Research in the Humanities in China Fellowship co-sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies & National Endowment for the Humanities
Senior Visiting Scholar at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ford Foundation Overseas Summer Teaching Fellowship
2006 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
Research Fellow at the School of Film and TV, Shanghai University
2004 Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of Film and TV, Shanghai University
1997 Silver Award for the feature-length Screenplay Shadows at the Houston International Film Festival

Internal

Spring 2015 CSI Provost Reassigned Time Award
Fall 2010 CSI Provost Fellowship Award
2007 - 2010 Chair of Ethnic & Area Studies Panel, University Committees on Research Awards; Alternate Executive Committee Member, UCRA, the City University of New York
Fall 2007 CSI President Research Award
2004 CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Award

Peer-Reviewed Grants Awarded

Year Funding Agency Title of Proposal
2017 Fulbright Fellowship Sino-Hollywood Engagement
2013 American Council of Learned Societies Defining East Asia
2008 Ford Foundation- Overseas Chinese Faculty Teaching Fellowship Comparative Studies of Global Film Industries
2007 - 2008 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Sun Mingjin and Early Chinese Documentary Films
2004  National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Costume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television
1997 Andrew Mellon Foundation Field Research Fellowship Chinese Cinema’s Economic Reform

Internal

Year Funding Agency Title of Proposal
2016 - 2017 PSC-CUNY Research Award 47 Sino-Hollywood Engagement
2014 - 2015 PSC-CUNY Research Award 45 Sino-Hollywood Courtship
2013 - 2014 PSC-CUNY Research Award 44 Chinese Officialdom TV Drama
2011 - 2012 PSC-CUNY Research Award 42 China Central TV & Shifting
2006 - 2007 PSC-CUNY Research Award 38 Sun Mingjin and Early Chinese Documentary Films
2005 - 2006 PSC-CUNY Research Award 37 Sun Mingjin and Early Chinese Documentary Films
2004 - 2005 PSC-CUNY Research Award 36 Costume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television
2004 Faculty Fellowship Publication Award Costume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television
Dean’s Summer Research Award Costume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television
2003 - 2004 PSC-CUNY Research Award 35 Costume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television