Hongwei Lu

Professor, Asian Studies

Degrees: Ph.D. East Asian Studies, University of Oregon; M.A. English, Clark University; Graduate Diploma, International Journalism Fudan University, Shanghai, China; B.A. English, Central-China Normal University, Wuhan, China

Office: Asian Studies, Hall of Letters #300

Office Hours: Variable, depending on semester

Phone: 909/748-8513 Campus Ext. 8513



Areas of Expertise

Hongwei Lu, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, specializes in Chinese literature and culture, with broad interests in cinema, drama, visual culture, popular culture, gender studies and cultural geography. She teaches Chinese language, literature, film, calligraphy and cultural courses at the University. Her recent publications focus on contemporary Chinese cinema and culture. She is currently working on a project that examines post-Mao cultural changes.

Professional Background Highlights

Hongwei Lu has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, the China Review Journal, the Asian Cinema Journal, Chinese Women’s History, Orientations: Journal of Transcultural Perspectives on Asia, the Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama and the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture.

She is the recipient of the Freeman Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-2004),  the International Foreign Language Honors Society Outstanding Service Certificate (2003), and the ASIANetwork Freeman Grant for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research (2008-2009).

She taught at Vassar College and Hamilton College before joining Redlands faculty in 2004.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • AST 120 Chinese/Japanese Calligraphy
  • AST 211 Contemporary Chinese Film
  • AST 212 Modern Chinese Literature
  • AST 260 Chinese Cities: Ancient and Modern
  • AST 311 Chinese Space
  • AST 470 Senior Capstone (Directed Study)
  • First Year Seminar: China Through the Media
  • First Year Seminar: Kungfu and Beyond: Many Faces of China
  • CHNS 101 Beginning Chinese I
  • CHNS 102 Beginning Chinese II
  • CHNS 270 Directed Study of Chinese Language
  • CHNS 370 Directed Study o f Chinese Language
  • CHNS 470 Modern Chinese Classics

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Freeman Postdoctoral Fellow of Chinese Literature and Film
    Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
  • Visiting Instructor of Asian Studies
    Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Lecturer, School of Journalism
    Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Professional Experience

  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    Graduate Teaching Fellow  
  • Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Graduate Teaching Assistant  
  • China Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, China
    Student Intern

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • University of Redlands Faculty Research Grant (2009-2010)
  • 2008 ASIANetwork Freeman Grant for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research (2008-2009)
  • University of Redlands Faculty Research Grant (2005-2006)
  • Freeman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-2004)
  • Phi Sigma Iota, Outstanding Service, the International Foreign Language Honor Society (2003)
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon (1998-2001)
  • Clark University Graduate Scholarship (1995-1998)


  • Lu, Hongwei, "Body-Writing--Cruel Youth, Urban Linglei, and Special Economic Zone Syndrome in Mian Mian's Candy" In press.
  • Lu, Hongwei, "Shanghai and Globalization Through the Lens of Film Noir: Lou Ye's 2000 Film, Suzhou River." ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts vol. xviii no. 1 (Fall 2010), 116-127.
  • Lu, Hongwei, "Body-Writing--Shanghai Baby's Love Affair with Transnational Capitalism." Chinese Literature Today (Summer 2010), 39-44.
  • Lu, Hongwei, Trans.“The Gender of Memory: Rural Chinese Women and the 1950s” by Gail Hershatter, in Ping Yao ed. Chinese Women’s History. Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Chubanshe, Forthcoming  
  • Lu, Hongwei, “From Roots to Routes or Vice Versa: Transformation of Urban Space and Familial Intimacy—On New Urban Cinema,” Asian Cinema vol 19:2 (Fall 2008), 102-134
  • Lu, Hongwei, “White Snake,” “The Butterfly Lovers,” “Wu Zuguang,” "The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama," Eds. Gabrielle Cody and Evert Springchorn New York: Columbia University Press, May, 2007
  • Lu, Hongwei,“TV Romance and Popular Cultural Mood,” "The China Review Journal," vol. 6:1 (Spring 2006), 125-152
  • Lu, Hongwei, review of "Women Through the Lens: Gender and Nation in a Century of Chinese Cinema," by Shuqin Cui. "Journal of Asian Studies" 63.1 (2004): 150-152
  • Lu, Hongwei, “Zhou Li,” "Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture," Ed. Edward Davis. UK: Routledge, 2004
  • Lu, Hongwei, “Sexuality and New Cultural Revolution in Post-Socialist Female Fiction,” "Orientations: Trans-cultural Perspectives on Asia," 5 (2003): 28-47
  • Lu, Hongwei, review of "Acting the Right Part: Political Theater and Popular Drama in Contemporary China," by Xiaomei Chen. Journal of Asian Studies 62.2 (2003): 582-583

Selected Presentations

  • "Political Re-imagination in Contemporary TV Drama"
    2011 (AAS) Annual Conference of Association of Asian Studies
  • "Film and Cultural Exchange in Shadow Magic"
    Chinese Cinema in the US since 1979 Conference
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC Oct. 8-9, 2010
  • "Cruel Youth, Urban Linglei, and Special Economic Zone Syndrome: Mian Mian's Candy"
    2010 (MCAA) Midwestern Conference on Asian Affairs
    Ohio State University, Colombus, Ohio, Oct. 1-3, 2010
  • "Shanghai and Globalization in the Lens of Film Noir: on Lou Ye's Film Suzhou River"
    2010 (ASIANetwork) Annual ASIANetwork Conference
    Atlanta, Georgia, April 9-11, 2010
  • "Historical Victimization and Individual Survival in To Live"
    2010 (AHA) Annual Conference of American Historians Association
    San Diego, CA January 7-10, 2010
  • “New Urban Cinema: Transformation of Urban Space and Familial Intimacy in Contemporary China”
    ASJC 2009 (2009 Annual Asian Studies Conference in Japan)
    Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, June 20-21, 2009  
  • “Urban Space Transformation in Contemporary Shanghai”
    Faculty Mentor, 17th Annual ASIANetwork Conference
    Chicago, Illinois, March 13-15, 2009  
  • “Taiwan Popular Culture and Cultural Change in Post-Mao China”
    ASPAC 2008 (2008 Asian Studies Conference of the Pacific Coast)
    University of Victoria, Canada, June 13-15, 2008
  • “Post-Mao Re-construction of Gender”
    48th Annual Conference of American Association of Chinese Studies
    UC Riverside, California. Oct. 2006
  • “The Body Writing Phenomenon and Linglei Identity.”
    ICAS 4 (Fourth International Convention of Asian Scholars)
    Shanghai, China. August 20-25, 2005
  • “China’s Sixth Generation as an Autonomous Aesthetic Movement”
    HICAH 3 (Third Hawaii International Conference on Art and Humanities)
    Honolulu, January 2005
  • “The Subway and Taxi Sensibility—On New Urban Cinema in Post-Socialist China”
    NEAAS 2003 (New England Regional Conference of Asian Studies 2003)
    Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston. Oct. 25, 2003
  • “The Fantasy of the Dystopian--the Performance of Cinema Verite & Narrative of Desire in Contemporary Chinese Cinema”
    Panel Organizer, NYCAS 2003 (2003 New York Regional Conference of Asian Studies)
    SUNY Buffalo, Oct. 18, 2003
  • “Unthinking China: Alternative Aesthetics of the Sixth Generation Film Directors”
    Panel Chair, ICAS3 (Third International Convention of Asian Scholars) Singapore, August 22, 2003
  • “Romance and Urban Plebian Culture in Chi Li’s Novel Lailai Wangwang”
    AAS 2003 (2003 Annual Conference of Asian Studies)
    New York City, March 27, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Association of Asian Studies in the United States
  • Member of ASIANetwork Consortium
  • Member of Asian Studies Development Program

Hongwei Lu is the Faculty Advisor of Chinese Club.

Design through Math
Appleton Hall

The back of the University of Redlands own Appleton Hall contains a mathematically designed ‘Echo Chamber’ that uses calculated angles to refract sound.

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