Assistant Professor of Hong Kong Studies, Asian Studies

Dr. Helena Wu is Assistant Professor of Hong Kong Studies at the University of British Columbia. She teaches and conducts research on Hong Kong cinema, literature and culture. She is the author of The Hangover After the Handover: Places, Things and Cultural Icons in Hong Kong (Liverpool University Press, 2020). In the book, she examines the manifestation of the local in colonial and post-handover Hong Kong through the lens of cultural icons such as Lion Rock, ‘King of Kowloon’ Tsang Tsou-choi and Sung Wong Toi (the Song Emperor’s Terrace).

With a background in comparative literature, cultural studies and sinology, Dr. Wu has published on the topics of Hong Kong cinema, culture, and media in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (2018), Chinese Martial Arts and Media Culture (2018), Hong Kong Keywords (2019), Global Media and China (2020) and the Journal of Chinese Cinemas (2020). Dr. Wu also wrote for Taiwan Insight (2021, with Simona Grano),  Critical Asia Archives (2021) and the European Association of Taiwan Studies (2022), and participated in the Association of Asian Studies Digital Dialogues (2022). Dr. Wu receives a Merit Award in the 2021 International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) Research Article Competition. She has recently contributed an article on healthy realism to the cinema section of the Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies (Brill).

In one of her latest projects, Dr. Wu explores how creative expression and audience activities affect cultural (industry) practices, the construction of identity and the relationship between content producers, distributors, and spectators by probing the (trans)formation of film, television and sport spectatorships in Hong Kong. Her latest articles on community screenings and translocal film production/distribution have been accepted by Screen and the Journal of Asian Cinema (forthcoming).

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