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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

Research and Publications


  • Hong Kong Cinema since 1997: the Post-nostalgic Imagination. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. (Sole author)
  • East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. (Editor/contributor)

Published/Accepted Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

  • ‘Relocalising Hong Kong Cinema’, Wasafari Special Issue on Hong Kong (AHCI), 32(3): 64-70. 2017.
  • ‘Postcolonial cultural governance: a study of heritage management in post-1997 Hong Kong,’ (with Yuk Wah CHAN), International Journal of Heritage Studies (AHCI), 23:7 (2016): 257 – 287.
  • ‘Between Colony and Nation: Decolonial Visions in Hong Kong Independent Films.’ New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 11.1 (2014), pp. 3–21.

  • ‘Coloniality in Postcolonial Hong Kong,’ Localities Vol. 2 (Nov 2012), 349-354.
  • ‘Omens of History: Su Tong’s Southern Landscape and Dynastic Histories.’ Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese. 10.2 (Dec 2011): 38-59.
  • ‘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): 67-86
  • ‘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. (AHCI)
  • ‘Virtual Bodies, Flying Objects: the Digital Imaginary in Contemporary Martial Arts Films.’ Journal of Chinese Cinemas. 1.1 (2007): 9 – 26. (AHCI)
  • ‘The City as Seductress: Re-imagining Shanghai in Contemporary Chinese Film.’ Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. 17.2 (2005): 133-166. (AHCI)
  • ‘Cultural Lexicology: Maqiao Dictionary by Han Shaogong.’ Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. 14.1 (2002): 145-177. (AHCI)

Book Chapters:

  • ‘Ghostly Returns: the Politics of Horror in Hong Kong Cinema,’ Hong Kong Horror Cinema, Ed. Gary Bettinson, London: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 204 – 222.
  • ‘Universal hybrids : The trans/local production of pan-Asian horror,’ Ghost Movies in Southeast Asia and Beyond: Narratives, Cultural Contexts, Audiences. Vol. 7 Brill, 2016. 43-60.
  • ‘The Lightness of History: Screening the Past in Hong Kong Cinema,’ A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema, Eds. Gina Marchetti, Esther Yau, and Esther Cheung. Hokoben, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. 2015.
  • ‘Infidelity and the Obscure Object of History,’ A Companion to Wong Kar-wai, Ed. Martha Nochimson. Hokoben, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. December 2015.
  • ‘Pang Ho-cheung,’ Directory of World Cinema: China (II), Ed. Gary Battinson. London: Intellect. 2015.
  • ‘The Chinese War Film: reframing national history in transnational cinema,’ American and Chinese-language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows, Eds. Lisa Funnel and Ming-fai Yip, New York: Routledge. 2014.
  • ‘Contested Heritage: Cinema, Collective Memory, and the Politics of Local Heritage in Hong Kong,’ East Asian Cinemas and Cultural Heritage: from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China to Japan and South Korea. Ed. Kinnia Shuk-ting Yau. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 53-80.
  • ‘The Hong Kong New Wave: a Critical Re-appraisal.’ The Chinese Cinema Book. Ed. Song Hwee Lim. London: British Film Institute, May 2011. 131-140.
  • ‘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. 118-144.
  • ‘“Working Through China” in the Pan-Asian Film Network: Perspectives from Hong Kong and Singapore,’ Interviews with filmmakers with critical introduction. East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations. Ed. Vivian Lee. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 235-248.
  • ‘PTU: Re-mapping the Cosmopolitan Crime Zone.’ Chinese Films in Focus 2. Ed. Chris Berry. London: British Film Institute, 2008. 182-188.
  • ‘The Mainland Other in the Hong Kong Commercial Mainstream: Political Change and Cultural Adaptation.’ How East Asian Films Are Reshaping National Identities: essays on the cinemas of China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Ed. Andy Jackson, et. al. NY: Edwin Mellen, 2007, 155 – 166.

Journal and Book Series Editorship:

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chinese Cinemas (AHCI).
  • Editorial Board Member, Global Directors series, Edinburgh University Press.

External Competitive Grants:

  • General Research Grant (2015 – 2017; 2018-2020)
  • Arts Development Council Research Grant (2014 – 2016)

CityU Competitive Grants:

  • Teaching Development Grant (2015-2016; 2019-2020)
  • Knowledge Transfer Fund (2016-2017)


  • ‘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: 05 November 2018