Dr. ZHANG Yu Emma 張宇博士

(Emma) Yu Zhang is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Faculty of Arts. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, the Chinese diaspora, socialism and postsocialism as well as the intersection of technology and modern culture. At HKU, she is working on a book project focusing on the cultural practices and representations of “going to the countryside” in China (1915-1965). She is also developing a new project examining the flows of overseas literature, intellectual writings, films, and TV dramas from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore into mainland China (late 1970s–early 1990s). Her research has been supported by a junior scholar grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and other fellowships. Before coming to HKU, she was an Assistant Professor at Randolph Macon College and a Visiting Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Selected Publications:

  • 2018  “Enchanting a World of Crafts: Handmade and Homemade Things, Affective Labor, and Orality in The Road Home (1999),” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, January, Issue 1, 2018 (on-line first, September 2016), 1-19.
  • 2017 “Socialist Builders on the Rails and Road: Industrialization, Mobility, and National Imagination in Chinese Socialist Films, 1949-1965,” Twentieth-Century China 42, no. 3, October 2017, 255–273.
  • 2013 “Visual and Theatrical Constructs of a Modern Life in the Countryside: James Yen, Xiong Foxi, and the Rural Reconstruction Movement in Ding County (1920s-1930s).” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 25, 1 (spring): 47-95.
  • 2010  “Garden: Remembrance and Revolutionary Gesture in Ba Jin’s Family” (花園:往事追憶與革命姿態—重讀巴金的《家》), Modern Chinese Literary Studies (中國現代文學研究叢刊). 3, 119-131.