Dr Kiu-wai Chu

Kiu-wai Chu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC), Western Sydney University. Prior to coming to Australia, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich. He received his education in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and United States. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong and his previous degrees from SOAS, University of London, and the University of Cambridge. From 2012 to 2013, he was named a Junior Fulbright Scholar and spent time at the University of Idaho to work with leading scholars in ecocriticism.

Kiu-wai has taught programmes in China and Asian Studies, and Art, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, HKU SPACE and the University of Zurich. He was an examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council in the Film and Media Arts Division between 2007-2015.

His research focuses on contemporary cinema and art in China, and broader East and Southeast Asia; Ecocriticism and environmental humanities.


PhD, 2015, Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong

MA, 2009, Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Hong Kong

MPhil, 2007, Screen Media and Cultures, University of Cambridge

BA(Hons), 2005, Politics and Southeast Asian Studies, SOAS University of London

Selected Honours and Awards

2016-17: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Organization of “International Exploratory Workshop: Coming of Age in Sinophone Studies”, University of Zurich, Switzerland. (Total amount: CHF22,200).

2012-2013: Fulbright Scholarship - Doctoral Dissertation Award. Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Junior Research Scholarship. Hong Kong. (Total amount HKD$124,800).

2010-2014: Doctoral Studentship (PGS), University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong. (Total amount HKD$496,080).

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Chu, K (forthcoming 2018), 'Worms in the Anthropocene: the multispecies world of Xu Bing’s Silkworm Series', in Chia-ju Chang (ed.), Anthology in Chinese environmental humanities, Palgrave Macmillan.

Chu, K & Yee, WYM (forthcoming 2018), 'Local stories, global catastrophe: reconstructing nation and Asian cinema in Japan’s 3.11 films', in G Marchetti, SK Tan & A M-P Park (eds), The Handbook of Asian Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Chu, K (forthcoming 2018), 'Snowpiercer', in Cli-Fi: a reader, Peter Lang.

Chu, K 2015, 'Animating Shanshui: Chinese landscapes in animated film, art and performance', in C Pallant (ed.), Animated landscapes: history, form, and function (opens in a new window), Bloomsbury Academic, New York and London, pp.109-124.

Soles, C & Chu, K 2015, 'Framing visual texts for ecomedia studies', in S Rust, S Monani & S Cubitt (eds), Ecomedia: key issues (opens in a new window), Routledge, London, pp. 17-26.

Chu, K 2012, 'Displacing red childhood: representation of childhood during Mao’s Era in Little Red Flowers', in DC Olson & A Scahill (eds), Lost and othered children in contemporary cinema (opens in a new window), Lexington Books, Maryland and Plymouth, pp.175-198.

Journal Articles

Chu, K (forthcoming 2018), 'The imagination of eco-disaster: post-disaster rebuilding in Asian cinema', Asian cinema. Special Issue on Ecocinema.

Chu, K 2017, 'Screening environmental challenges in China: three modes of ecocinema', Journal of Chinese Governance, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 437-459.

Chu, K 2017, 'Ecocinema', Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies (opens in a new window), DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199791286-0252.

Chu, K 2016, 'Ecocinema', Journal of Chinese Cinemas, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 11-13.

Chu, K 2012, 'From My Fancy High Heels to Useless clothing: "interconnectedness" and eco-critical issues in transcultural documentaries' (opens in a new window), in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, vol. 2, no. 2. Special Issue on Chinese Ecocinema. (Republished in P Kääpä & T Gustafsson (eds) 2013, Transnational ecocinema: film culture in an era of ecological transformation, Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, Bristol and Chicago, pp. 65-84.)

Chu, K 2010, 'Constructing ruins: new urban aesthetics in Chinese art and cinema', in M Munro (ed.), Modern art Asia, no. 2. (Republished in M Munro (ed.) 2012, Modern art Asia: papers on modern and contemporary Asian art, Enzo Arts and Publishing, Oxon, pp. 191-212.)

Other Publications

Chu, K 2014, 'Review of Stephen Rust, Salma Monani and Sean Cubitt (eds), Ecocinema theory and practice', in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 201-203.

[Film Reviews] Chu, K 2014, Center Stage/ The Postmodern Life of My Aunt/ Like A Dream/ No.89 Shimen Road, in J Berra & J Wei (eds), World film locations: Shanghai, Intellectual Books, Bristol, pp. 36-37, 92-93, 98-99, 102-3.

[Film Reviews] Chu, K 2013, Metade Fumaca/ Boarding Gate/ Lust, Caution/ Big Blue Lake, in L Lai & K. Choi (eds), World film locations: Hong Kong, Intellectual Books, Bristol, pp. 66-67, 86-89, 100-101.

[Film Reviews] Chu, K 2012, Lan Yu/ Together With You/ Green Tea/ We are the… of Communism, in J Berra & Y Liu (eds), World film locations: Beijing, Intellectual Books, Bristol, pp. 74-75, 78-79, 84-85, 112-113.

[Book Chapter in Chinese] Chu, K 2017,  “香港电影里的越界物种:从周星驰《美人鱼》看地方意识和多物种生态想象”, 鲁晓鹏, 龚浩敏编辑《中国生态电影论集 》 武汉大学出版社./ 'Boundary-transgressing Creatures in Hong Kong cinema: place and multispecies imaginations in Stephen Chow’s Mermaid', in S Lu & H Gong (eds), Essays in Chinese ecocinema, Wuhan University Press.

[Journal Article in Japanese] Chu, K『わが愛しのハイヒール』(2010)から『無用』(2007)に見る衣服―トランスナショナル・ドキュメンタリーにおける「相互連関」とエコクリティシズムの問題 (梶川瑛里・藤木秀朗訳)『JunCture(ジャンクチャー) 超域的日本文化研究 特集:文化に媒介された環境問題』第8号. 名古屋大学「アジアの中の日本文化」研究センター. pp. 28-47. 2017. (Translated from 'From My Fancy High Heels to Useless clothing: ‘interconnectedness’ and eco-critical issues in transcultural documentaries' 2013. In JunCture. 2017. Translated by Eri Kajikawa and Hideaki Fujiki.)

[Edited Journal Issue in Chinese] Chu, K 2016, 《思逸: 文藝文化研究期刊》第3期: 生態批評. 客席主編. / Special Issue: Ecocriticism (opens in a new window), Siyi: A Journal of Arts and Culture, vol. 3.

Chu, K, Leung, HY, Chor, KC, Cheung, KK [Secondary School Textbook in Chinese] 雅集新高中通識教育系列—全球化. 香港雅集出版社有限公司. / The Aristo secondary school certificate series of general studies books: globalization, Aristo Education Press, Hong Kong. 2010 (1st ed.), 2014 (2nd ed.), 2016 (3rd ed.), 2018 (4th ed., forthcoming).

Professional Membership

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)


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