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Dr. Esther C.M. Yau 丘靜美

  • PhD (UCLA)
  • MALCS Chair
  • RRST* 9.39
  • yaue@hku.hk
  • 3917 5110

Academic and Research Bio

Esther C.M. YAU, Ph.D. (UCLA) has written on Hong Kong cinema and globalization, China's Fifth Generation, gender and film, trauma and testimony, Cold War Chinese cinema, and New Wave directors. She has published essays in The Cinema Journal, Film Quarterly, The Oxford History of World Cinema, Discourse, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Wide Angle, Dangdai Dianying, Jintian, and World Cinema. She has recently published in Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (2017); A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema (2015), and Hong Kong Screenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier (2011). Her books include: Hong Kong Neo-Noir (coeditor, Edinburgh University Press); A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema (editor, Wiley-Blackwell); At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World (editor, University of Minnesota Press) and New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics (coeditor, Cambridge University Press). She has co-edited "Asia/Pacific: a Spectral Surface" - a special issue of positions: east Asia cultures critique. She has taught cinema studies courses at the University of California (Los Angeles & Irvine) and at the University of Southern California. She was Chair of Asian Studies Department at Occidental College where she directed Critical Studies in Film and Media. She has served as academic consultant of Chinese film exhibition programs at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art at Washington, D.C., USA. She is presently working on a study of film testimony and local memory in the cinemas of China and Hong Kong.

Courses taught at the Department

Undergraduate Courses:

  • CLIT1009 Questioning Difference Gender, Postcolonialism and Culture
  • CLIT2008 Film Culture II
  • CLIT2025 Visual Cultures
  • CLIT2037 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature and Film
  • CLIT2074 Film and Ideology in Contemporary China
  • CCGL9001 Hong Kong Cinema Through a Global Lens

Taught Postgraduate Courses (MALCS):

  • CLIT7009 Modernity and Its Paths
  • CLIT7010 Questioning Sexual Difference
  • CLIT7012 Dissertation Seminar
  • CLIT7014 Film and Popular Culture
  • CLIT7016 Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film
  • CLIT7019 World Cinema

*RRST: Run Run Shaw Tower