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Prof. PANG  Laikwan

Prof. PANG Laikwan


B.A. in Cinema (SFSU); M.A. in Humanities (SFSU);

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (WashU)

Pang Laikwan received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. While she has always been working loosely in the general field of modern and contemporary Chinese culture, her research can be roughly separated into three areas:


Film and Visual Studies:

l   Her dissertation was turned into her first book, Building a New China in Cinema, also the first book-length study in any language of the Left-wing Chinese cinema in the 1930s.

l   Distorting Mirror analyzes the multiple and complex ways in which Chinese people interacted with the new visual culture that emerged during the turbulent period between the 1880s and the 1930s.

l   Her Chinese book, Huanghun Weiwan, is devoted to the local and transnational dimensions of Hong Kong cinema after 1997.


Cultural Studies of Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights:

l   Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia uses an interdisciplinary approach to study copyright issues and film piracy in China and Asia, demonstrating that today’s mass culture is made up of, and constantly renewed through, processes of copying.

l   Creativity and Its Discontents is about the Creative Economy and Intellectual Property Rights offenses taking place in China, and it demonstrates that the proliferation of piracy and counterfeiting in today’s China opens the door to a new understanding of the logic of late capitalism.


Socialist China

l   Her latest research is forthcoming in The Art of Cloning. It examines the contents and the logic of the propaganda culture of the Cultural Revolution, and it analyzes the relations between subject formation and social formation. The book demonstrates that this propaganda culture was given the mutually contradictory tasks of agitating revolution and providing order.

l   She also begins to study the formation of the national form in the PRC during the 1950s


She is now studying the political theories of Hannah Arendt and pondering on the meanings of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement



Major Publications

Pang, Laikwan. The Art of Cloning: Creative Production during China's Cultural Revolution. London and New York: Verso, forthcoming.

-----. Creativity and Its Discontents: China’s Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Rights Offenses. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 2012.

彭麗君,《黃昏未晚:後九七香港電影》. 香港: 中文大學出版社, 2010.

Pang, Laikwan. The Distorting Mirror: Visual Modernity in China. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007. (中文翻譯: 彭麗君, 《哈哈鏡:中國視覺現代性》, 上海書店出版社).

-----. Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia: Copyright, Piracy, and Cinema. London and New York: Routledge. 2006.

-----. Building a New China in Cinema: The Chinese Left-wing Cinema Movement, 1932-37. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman and Littlefield. 2002.


Recent & Forthcoming Publications

Pang, Laikwan. “Arendt in Hong Kong: Occupy, Participatory Art, and Place-Making,” Cultural Politics. Forthcoming.

-----. “Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement,” Verges: Studies in Global Asias. Forthcoming.

-----. “Tian Han’s Historical Dramas in the Great Leap Forward Period: History, State, and Authorship.” In Oxford Handbook of Chinese Literature, edited by Carlos Rojas and Andrea Bachner. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

-----. “Mao’s Dialectical Materialism and the Possibilities of Future,” Rethinking Marxism 28, no. 1 (2016): 108–123.