Chinese Film and Popular Culture

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for CHINESE 724.


Chinese feature films and other popular cultural phenomena (e.g., music, television, fashion, the internet) provide a medium for understanding a society undergoing rapid change. The emphasis is on contemporary developments, including youth cultures and Beijing from the 1960s to the present day. No knowledge of Chinese language is required.

We start with two films from the 1930s to examine progressive ideas and social change before 1949. Everyday life is the next focus, including in the Cultural Revolution decade (1966-1976). Topics include clothing and collective memories of the era reflected in film. The second half of the course examines social change in the reform era (post-1978), with a particular emphasis on changes in Beijing.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for CHINESE 724.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.


Availability 2023

Not taught in 2023


Coordinator(s) Professor Paul Clark


CHINESE 724: 30 points