Chinese Film Industry Research Group

Program Title

Chinese Film Industry Research Group

Program Period

August 2009 to December 2010

Program Team

Coordinator: Prof. Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh, Director, Centre for Media and Communication Research
Research Collaborator: Prof. Poshek Fu, Professor, Professor of History, East Asian Studies,University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Program Objectives

-To undertake a systematic study on Chinese film industry, covering a wide geographic, political, linguistic diffusions and industrial practices;
-To set up a research team of an international reputation on Chinese Film Industry under CMCR;
-To build a collaborative network of researchers of similar expertise and by doing so, to advance the transnational and interdisciplinary studies on Chinese film industry.

Program Mid-term Progress

-Research collaborator Prof. Poshek Fu traveled to Hong Kong and discussed with the coordinator about possible partnership between CMCR and Center for Asian-Pacific Studies at UIUC.;
-Two additional academics were invited to join the Program Team in Spring 2009. They are Professor Feng Xiaocai from Fudan University and Dr. Liu Hui from Shenzheng University. Both are experts in modern Chinese history and film industry;
-The Program Team met in July and August in 2009 to discuss specific plans of the research project;In August, the Program Team decided to undertake two major tasks in AY 2009-2010:  a grant proposal on early Chinese film industry and an international workshop on new perspectives and methodologies on film industry research;
-A grant proposal was submitted by Prof Yeh in the first semester of 2009;
-An international workshop “New Perspectives on Chinese Film Industry” organized by CMCR will be held on October 8-9, 2010 at Hong Kong Baptist University. David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies will co-organize the Workshop, with Fudan University, Shanghai University and Hong Kong Film Archive as the supporting institutions. The Workshop successfully secured a FRG Conference grant in May 2010. Details on the Workshop are available on the following links.

Program Completion Report

by Prof. Emilie Yeh, 26 January 2011