Chinese Cinemas

The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Chinese century. Funded by the Levenhulme Trust, with Song Hwee Lim from Exeter University as the principal investigator, this project seeks to examine the role of art and culture (in particular, film) as a form of “soft power” capable of shaping both the region’s self-image and others’ perception of Chinese culture, which has varying impacts on local, national, regional and global levels. The phenomenal success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000) is a clear example of how a quintessential Chinese film genre of wuxia (knight-errant swordplay) can transcend national boundaries to become a global imaginary. This project will pay particular attention to aspects of production, consumption and imagination that have facilitated the transnational travel of Chinese films.


  • Exeter (“IMAGINATION”, July 2012)
  • Amsterdam (“CONSUMPTION”, January 2013)
  • Singapore (“PRODUCTION”, July 2013)
  • Taiwan (Symposium, December 2013)


  • Song Hwee Lim (University of Exeter, principal investigator)
  • Michelle Bloom (University of California, Riverside)
  • Brenda Chan (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Kenneth Chan (University of Northern Colorado)
  • Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam)
  • Gaik Cheng Khoo (Australian National University)
  • Kien Ket Lim (National Chiao-Tung University)

Please find more information on the project’s website.