As the world’s second largest film market, China’s film industry has grown rapidly in changing times. Shaped by broadening demand for entertainment and digital innovations, the movie scene is flourishing with the state, private and foreign investors increasingly competing and cooperating. From the role played by censorship to unlocking Chinese acting talent, box office booms to the blossoming private studios, join us for a discussion on this expanding industry with a rising talent working in Hollywood and in China. Joan Xu will talk about the industry, sharing with us her work focusing on youth culture and insights on new ideas emerging there.
We invite Joan Xu, screenwriter to discuss.
Joan Xu is a screenwriter based in Beijing, driven by a love of great stories as
well as a belief in the importance of popular culture in shaping societal values.
She aims to create movies that can represent modern China to global audiences.
Ms. Xu most frequently works in the action adventure genre on China-Hollywood co-productions. Her work includes a Chinese show, “The Circle,” and a feature film, “Dark Heavens.”
Ms. Xu has work experience in finance, tech and consulting, as well as extensive youth leadership experience. She is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and was a speaker at the 2016 Annual Meeting at Davos. She was also a member of the Club of Rome’s Change Course delegation of young global leaders concerned with global governance in 2012.
Ms. Xu holds a BA in Government and Economics from Harvard University and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago.