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East Asian Media and Creative Industries Webinar Series II

East Asian Media & Creative Industries Webinar Series II

Fall & Spring 2023/24

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About the Series

The East Asian Media and Creative Industries Webinar Series II is a collaborative effort among four different centers and departments from prestigious universities: the Centre for Film and Creative Industries (CFCI) at Lingnan University, the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Visual Culture Research Center at National Central University, Taiwan. It features a diverse range of topics related to the media and creative industries in East Asia. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and network with fellow researchers from around the world.

Organizing Committee

Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

Centre for Film and Creative Industries

Lingnan University

Sangjoon Lee

Centre for Film and Creative Industries

Lingnan University

Jinhee Park

Centre for Film and Creative Industries

Lingnan University

Wesley Jacks

Centre for Film and Creative Industries

Lingnan University

Michael Berry

Center for Chinese Studies

The University of California, Los Angeles

Peichi Chung

Department of Cultural and Religious Studies

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Wenchi Lin

Visual Culture Research Center

National Central University, Taiwan


22 September 2023, 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Reimagining Koreanness in the Age of Netflix: Cultural Nationalism, Neoliberalism, and Hallyu in the Contemporary Korean Society

Dongjoon Lee

While the role of the nation-state is often either ignored or celebrated, both perspectives underestimate the centrality of local dynamics of the global phenomenon. It is important to recognise that global neoliberalism is shaped by local contexts, influenced by social, cultural and historical factors. Abstract

  • Moderator: Jinhee Park

17 November 2023, 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Data Society, Digital Labor and the Data Analytics Industry in Hong Kong

Peichi Chung

This paper examines the changing industry network in the emerging new media field of data analytics. The paper looks into the dimension of human-machine integration to examine new data-driven working environments in the global esports entertainment industry. Focusing on the idea of “player-led innovation”, the paper characterizes new developments in automated media to present today’s digital labor conditions. Abstract

26 January 2024, 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Main Melody Films: Hong Kong Directors in Mainland China

Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu

While the need for Chinese culture to acquire soft power was escalated in the new millennium, main melody films, which were largely propaganda works that pay tribute to the nation, the party and the army, were "blockbusterized" and became the main genre of Chinese cinema. Its rapid growth is arguably one of the most important phenomena of Chinese film industry in the 2010s. As an increasing number of Hong Kong directors are commissioned to direct these main melody blockbusters, this webinar examines their contributions to this genre, which may also shed light on the development of cross-border cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong film industries. Abstract

  • Moderator: Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

23 February 2024, 11:00 - 11:50 AM

The Data Pharmacy: Notes on Smartness, Mood Conditioning, and Contemporary Self-Making

Joshua Neves


  • Moderator: Michael Berry

22 March 2024, 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Digital Media by North Korean Defectors in South Korea

Jinhee Park


  • Moderator: Peichi Chung

26 April 2024, 2:30 - 3:20 PM

Liveness Redefined: The Digital Turn of the Post Pandemic Theatre Practice & Theory

Katherine Hui-ling Chou


  • Moderator: Wenchi Lin