Christopher Rea

Professor, Asian Studies
Former Director, Centre for Chinese Research

Christopher Rea is Professor of Asian Studies and former Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the University of British Columbia. A native of Berkeley, California, he earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Columbia University, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University and at universities in Taiwan and Australia. His books include Where Research Begins (2022, with Tom Mullaney), Chinese Film Classics, 1922-1949 (2021), China’s Chaplin (2019), The Book of Swindles (2017, with Bruce Rusk), The Business of Culture (2015, with Nicolai Volland), and The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (2015). At UBC, he teaches courses covering Hong Kong literature and cinema.

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