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李佩然博士 (李佩然博士)



Contact Information

Office: LI-4719
Phone: 3442-5601
Email: vivian.lee.py@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Chinese and East Asian cinemas
  • Hong Kong culture
  • Global visual cultures
  • Comparative cultural studies

Vivian Lee received her PhD from the University of British Columbia. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria in Canada before joining CityU in 2007. Her work on modern Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, and East Asian cinema has been published in academic journals and collected volumes including Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Chinese Films in Focus 2, and The Chinese Cinema Book.

Courses Taught

  • Discovering Hong Kong’s Culture and Heritage
  • East Asian Film Cultures
  • Cultural Production and Consumption
  • Critical Approaches to Cultural Heritage
  • Cinema and Cultural Heritage
  • Bilingual Writing Workshop for Cultural Professionals

Publications (selected)


  • Hong Kong Cinema since 1997: the Post-nostalgic Imagination, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. (Edited volume with critical introduction)


  • ‘Between Colony and Nation: Decolonial Visions in Hong Kong Independent Cinema.’ New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 11 (1): 3 – 21 (2013/14)

  • ‘The Hong Kong New Wave: a Critical Re-appraisal.’ The Chinese Cinema Book. Ed. Song Hwee Lim. London: British Film Institute, May 2011.
  • ‘J-horror and Kimchi Western: Mobile Genres in East Asian Cinemas’. East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations. Ed. Vivian Lee. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • ‘Migrants in a Strange City: (Dis-)Locating the China Imaginary in Post-1997 Hong Kong Films.’ Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese. Special Issue. 10.1 (October 2010).
  • ‘PTU: Re-mapping the Cosmopolitan Crime Zone.’ Chinese Films in Focus 2. Ed. Chris Berry. London: British Film Institute, 2008. 182-188.
  • ‘In/Out of the Critical Divide: the Indeterminacy of Hero.’ Scope. Issue 9 (October 2007).
  • ‘Pornography, Musical, Drag, and the Art Film: Tsai Ming-liang’s The Wayward Cloud.’ Journal of Chinese Cinemas. 1.2 (2007): 117 – 137.
  • ‘Virtual Bodies, Flying Objects: the Digital Imaginary in Contemporary Martial Arts Films.’ Journal of Chinese Cinemas. 1.1 (2007): 9 – 26.
  • ‘The City as Seductress: Re-imagining Shanghai in Contemporary Chinese Film and Fiction.’ Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. 17.2 (2005): 133-166.


  • ‘Indiescape Hong Kong: critical essays on Hong Kong Independent Cinema’, Arts Development Council Research Grant Project (2014-15)

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Chinese Cinemas


Last updated: 13 October 2015