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

Chinese film and media studies

  • Chinese literature, art, and culture
  • Chinese language acquisition
  • Contemplation of Nature in Chinese and Japanese Traditions

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • Contemporary Chinese Film
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Chinese/Japanese Calligraphy
  • Chinese Space
  • Kungfu and Beyond: Many Faces of China
  • Mountains and Streams as Companions—Contemplation of Nature in East Asian Artistic and Literary Traditions
  • Various levels of Chinese language classes 

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Outstanding Teaching Award (University of Redlands) (2013-2014)
  • Faculty Research Grant (University of Redlands) (2006, 09, 11)
  • ASIANetwork Freeman Grant for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research (2008-2009)
  • Freeman Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-2004)
  • Phi Sigma Iota, Outstanding Service, the International Foreign Language Honor Society (May, 2003)
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon (1998-2001)
  • Clark University Graduate Scholarship (1995-1998) 

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Freeman Postdoctoral Fellow of Chinese Literature and Film (2002-2004)
    Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Hamilton College, New York 
  • Visiting Instructor of Asian Studies (2001-2002)
     Vassar College, New York
  • Lecturer (1989-1994)
    School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai, China              

Significant Publications

  • Lu, Hongwei. “The Grassroots Perspective: Sixth Generation Cinema and Independent Filmmaking in China.” Independent Filmmaking Around the Globe. Eds. Doris Baltruschat and Mary P. Erickson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. 175-187.

  • Lu, Hongwei. “Cruel Youth, Urban Linglei, and Special Economic Zone Syndrome in Mian Mian’s Candy.” Chinese Literature Today 1.2 (2011): 40-47.

  • Lu, Hongwei. “Shanghai and Globalization in the Lens of Film Noir: Lou Ye’s 2000 Film, Suzhou River.” ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts 18.1(2010): 116-127.

  • Lu, Hongwei. “ ‘Shanghai Baby’’s Love Affair with Transnational Capitalism.” Chinese Literature Today 1.1 (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, 2009.

  • 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 (2008): 102-134.

  • Lu, Hongwei. “TV Romance and Popular Cultural Mood.” The China Review Journal 6.1 ( 2006): 125-152.

Recent Research Presentations

  • “Unknown Pleasures: National Development and Underclass Disenchantment”
      2015 (ICAS 9) The 9th International Convention of Asian Scholars
      Adelaide, Australia, July 5-10, 2015

  • “Adolescent Masculinity and Social Adaptation of Contemporary Chinese Youth”
      2015 (ASIANetwork) ASIANetwork Annual Conference
      St Louis, Missouri, April 10-12, 2015

  • “The Grassroots Perspective: Chinese Independent Filmmakers’ Aesthetic Engagement with Underclass Reality”
      2014 (ASIANetwork) ASIANetwork Annual Conference
      Chicago, Illinois, April 11-13, 2014

  • Invited Guest Speaker. “The New Woman, the Iron Lady, and the Body Writers: A Historical Perspective on Gender in Modern Chinese Literature.”
      May 23, 2013, California State University, Los Angeles
      Asian-Asian American Studies Program

  • “The Lost Generation on the Playground of the Cultural Revolution.”
      2013 (ASIANetwork) ASIANetwork annual conference
      Nashville, Tennessee, April 12-14, 2013

  • “ ‘Shanghai Baby’s Love Affair with Transnational Capitalism
      2012 (ASIANetwork) ASIANetwork annual conference
      Portland, Oregon, March 30-April 1, 2012

  • “New Faces of Revolution: Political Imagination in Contemporary TV Drama”
      2011 (AAS) Association for Asian Studies annual conference
      Honolulu, Hawaii

  • “Film and Cultural Exchange in Shadwo 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, Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 1-3, 2010

  • “Shanghai and Globalization in the Lens of Film Noir: on Lou Ye’s Film Suzhou River”
                2010 (ASIANetwork) ASIANetwork annual conference
      Atlanta, April 9-11, 2010

  • “Historical Victimization and Individual Survival in To Live”
      2010 (AHA) American Historical Association annual conference
      San Diego, January 7-10, 2010

  • “New Urban Cinema: Transformation of Urban Space and Familial Intimacy in Contemporary China”
      ASJC 2009 (2009 Asian Studies in Japan Conference)
    Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, June 20-21, 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

    Hongwei Lu is the Asian Studies Program Director and Faculty Advisor for Asian Student Association.

Quiet the Mind
meditation room

The University’s Meditation Room opened in 2007 and is one of the first “contemplative classroom” spaces in the country.

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