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Dr. Jessica Yeung

B.A. (hons.) (HKU), M.Phil. (HKU), Ph.D. (Middlesex)

Associate Professor, Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Funding:

  • GRF, HK$391,486

Introduction

  • This is a critical and comprehensive study of Xinjiang Uyghur cinema. "Xinjiang Uyghur cinema” is defined as cinematic works made by or involving the participation of Uyghur film makers, films made in or involving the use of the Uyghur language, films made on subject matters about Uyghur culture, history and/or people, and films made on location in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. 
  • The material collected in this research mainly constitute primary data resulting from original searches. About 70 films fitting the definition of Xinjiang Uyghur cinema in this research have been collected. Many of them have not been studied in academic discourses, and some of them have never been circulated beyond the Uyghur communities. About 20 are used as major case studies. 
    Detailed textual analysis and contextual reading are conducted on these films. All the analysis in this research is underpinned by the theoretical principle of historicisation, and by the research intention of discovering the representations and construction of modernity in these films. The Uyghur perspective is given prominent attention in order for Uyghur cinema to be understood on its own terms in addition to being a genre of Chinese cinema.