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



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.

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