Affiliate of Visual and Environmental Studies
Her first book, Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life (Columbia University Press, 2014) excavates a century of memories embedded in two alleyway neighborhoods destined for demolition. Her second book project, Utopian Ruins: A Memory Museum of the Mao Era, explores contemporary cultural memories of the 1950s to the 1970s through textual, audiovisual, and material artifacts, including police files, photographs, documentary films, and museums. She has also co-edited a volume entitled Red Legacies: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution (Harvard Asia Center, forthcoming). Two ongoing research projects deal with the transnational cinematic history of Manchuria and mobile movie projection units from the 1930s to the 1990s. Her recent publications in journals and edited volumes include: “Discolored Vestiges of History: Black-and-White in the Age of Color Cinema” (Journal of Chinese Cinemas), “A National Cinema for a Puppet State: The Manchurian Motion Picture Association (Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas), “Phantasmagoric Manchukuo: Documentaries Produced by the South Manchurian Railway Company, 1932-1940” (positions: east asia cultures critique), and “Filming Power and the Powerless” (China Perspectives). Her ethnographic film The Al-Hadji and His Wives is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources. In the spring of 2015, she will teach an undergraduate course on East Asian Cinema and a graduate seminar on Chinese media cultures.