Category: Culture and Media

The Death of Chinese Independent Cinema?

Written by Chris Berry. Is independent cinema in China dead? Chinese indies have been in a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities since their beginnings in the 1990s. Regulatory punishments are announced, but somehow the filmmakers carry on. However, the forceful suppression of the Beijing Independent Film Festival in […]

Introduction to Special Issue on Film in China

Written by Martin Thorley. This week we invite seven academics to discuss film in China. In many ways the subject embodies some of the contradictions of the country itself: rapidly growing audiences and a spending spree that has brought some of the biggest international conglomerates in the industry […]

Who Owns Culture? The case of P.F. Chang’s

Written by Haiming Liu. In 1993, restaurateur Paul Fleming made a visionary decision. He sold his Ruth’s Chris Steak House and opened his first P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in the Fashion Square shopping center in Scottsdale, Arizona with Philip Chiang as his partner. ‘P.F.’ stood for Paul Fleming […]

Tony Leung: Hong Kong Talent in China’s Film Industry

Written by Mark Gallagher. Since the early 1980s, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai has been one of Hong Kong’s most prolific talents. While Leung’s acting output slowed in the 2000s, his work on collaborative productions, particularly in mainland China, offers insights into Chinese film-industry practices and suggests strategies successful film […]