Lecturer in Chinese Language, Literature, and Film

Dongchen Hou is a lecturer in Chinese language, literature, and film in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. She received her BA in Chinese linguistics from Xiamen University, M.A. in comparative literature from Beijing Normal University, and Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona.

Her teaching and research interests fall into the realms of cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, media studies, and Chinese popular culture. She is especially interested in literacy and writings; affect and embodiment; digital humanities; and speech-to-writing translingual practices. Her primary research explores the interaction between human subjectivities and technological and media advancement happening in Chinese writing. Her current project looks into the nexus of human agencies, computer-generated writing codes, and affect in today’s Chinese online environment from a post-anthropocentric perspective. 

Dr. Dongchen Hou teaches Hong Kong Cinema at UBC with a special focus on exploring the unique sense of time in Hong Kong formulated by Hong Kong’s multifaceted historical, political, and cultural legacy. Inspired by the teaching of Hong Kong cinema, she also looks into the “recitation” of speech in Hong Kong films’ dubbings that were motivated by commercial incentives and the desire of forming a transnational influence.