Ying Zhu

Center for the Arts (1P) room 225
Telephone: (718) 982-2535
Ying.Zhu (at) csi.cuny.edu

Ph.D: University of Texas, Austin; Department of Radio, Television, & Film

Ying Zhu's research interest is on Chinese cinema and media. She is the author of three books: Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform: the Ingenuity of the System (2003), Television in Post-Reform China: Serial Drama, Confucian Leadership and Global Television Market (2008), and Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (2012); and the editor of five books, including TV China (co-edited with Chris Berry) and Art, Politics, and Commerce in Chinese Cinema (co-edited with Stanley Rosen). A leading scholar on Chinese cinema and media studies, her writings have appeared in major academic journals, books, and publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. She has been quoted on Chinese media related issues in The New York Times, Wall Street Journals, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, National Public Radio, Boston Globe and various overseas media outlets such as South China Morning Post and Danish Public Radio. Her works have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2006) and a American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2008), she has given talks and keynote speeches at leading universities and media institutions around the globe. She reviews manuscripts for major publications in the U.S. and United Kingdom and evaluates research proposals for research foundations in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S.

Zhu also produces current affairs documentary films, including Google vs. China (2011) and China: From Cartier to Confucius (2012). She is currently working on a new project concerning the Sino-Hollywood courtship.


“The Rite of Passage to No Where,” China File (July 2013): http://www.chinafile.com/rite-passage-nowhere

“Reading Into Official Corruption” China Economic Review (July 2013): http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/reading-official-corruption-chinese-media-officials-novels-tv-television-ying-zhu

“China Travels Back Down the river” Wall Street Journal (June 14, 2013): http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/06/04/china-travels-back-down-the-river/

“Domestic Drama” China Economic Review (May 2, 2013): http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/domestic-drama

“Can Hollywood Romance Chinese Film-Goers?” The Atlantic (April 25, 2013): http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/04/can-hollywood-romance-chinese-film-goers/275313/

“Will China Unchain Django?” CNN (April 17, 2013): http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/17/will-china-unchain-django/

“A Beginning for China's Battered Women,” ChinaFile (February11, 2013): http://www.chinafile.com/beginning-china-battered-women

“Why China struggles to find soft power voice,” CNN (February 6, 2013): http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/06/why-china-struggles-to-find-soft-power-voice/

“'Real Progress': Parsing China's Censorship Protests,” Wall Street Journal (January 14, 2013): http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/01/14/real-progress-parsing-chinas-censorship-protests/

“The Inside Story of When China's State-Run TV Criticized the Party,” The Atlantic (June 2012): http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/06/the-inside-story-of-when-chinas-state-run-tv-criticized-the-party/258102/

“The Cultivated and the Vulgar: China's Cultural War” Asian Creative Transformations (4/2/12): http://www.creativetransformations.asia/2012/04/the-cultivated-and-the-vulgar-chinas-cultural-war/

“The Past and Present of Shanghai and Chinese Cinema” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006):http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-001.html

“Cinematic Representation of Poverty and Widening Social Gap in Contemporary China” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006): http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-002.html

“The Confucian Tradition and Chinese Television Today” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006):http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-003.html

“The Cinematic Negotiation of Chinese Identity” New York Times China Studies Website (April, 2006): http://www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-china-media-004.html

Sample Reviews/Interviews

A review of her book "Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform" is here
A review of her book "Television in Post-Reform China" is here

China Quarterly (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8867926)

Los Angeles Review of Books (http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type=&id=1490&fulltext=1&media=#article-text-cutpoint)

New Inquiry http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/party-tv/

Boston Globe http://bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/01/13/what-china

South China Morning Post http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1083937/book-review-two-billion-eyes-story-china-central-television

China Economic Review http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/serving-two-masters

Danwei http://www.danwei.com/two-billion-eyes-the-story-of-cctv-qa-with-author-ying-zhu/

“China Seeks Soft Power Influence in U.S. Through CCTV,” Interview National Public Radio's “All Things Considered” (April 25, 2013): http://www.npr.org/2013/04/25/179020185/chinas-cctv-america-walks-the-line-between-2-media-traditions

Google/Youtube Author Talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8eZRltJHgI

NPR “On the Media” http://www.onthemedia.org/people/ying-zhu/

WNYC “The Leonard Lopate Show” http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2012/nov/07/

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