The evolution of Sino-Hollywood relation reflects the evolving power dynamic between China and the US over the decades, with China emerging from an eager apprentice to an aspiring competitor and partner who wants market share as well as cultural influence. Hollywood needs overseas market and the Chinese market is too good to pass, but perhaps too good to realize in the way that the US studios envision. The talk traces the history of Sino-Hollywood relation and speculates what future might hold for Hollywood and China.

MERICS and Young China Watchers Berlin cordially invite you to an expert conversation and Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Zhu Ying (City University of New York) on February 13, 2019 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Ying Zhu is a Film Professor at the City University of New York and Hong Kong Baptist University. She has published eight books including Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television. Her first research monograph, Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform: The Ingenuity of the System initiated the study of Chinese cinema within the framework of political economy. Her second research monograph, Television in Post-Reform China: Serial Drama, Confucian Leadership and the Global Television Market, together with two edited books in which her work featured prominently—TV China and TV Drama in China—pioneered the subfield of Chinese TV drama studies in the West. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish. Currently, she is working on a book that parallels Hollywood’s contemporary China expansion and co-optation with the dominance and local resistance of American films in China during China’s Republican era.

Berlin – Battle of Images: The Sino-Hollywood Courtship with Dr. Ying Zhu [Wednesday, February 13, 2019]
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