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 […]

Singing the Umbrella Movement: Pop, Politics, and Protest

Written by Ivy Man.  The Umbrella Movement, also known as the Umbrella Revolution, was a 79-day pro-democracy street occupation protest in Hong Kong. In the run-up to the protests, Beijing had stipulated that Hong Kong’s universal suffrage would be on Beijing’s terms, allowing only Communist Party approved candidates […]