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Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Prof. Wesley Aaron JACKS

PhD. University of California-Santa Barbara
MA.University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA. Wabash College

Assistant Professor

Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industries Lingnan University



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Professor Jacks teaches courses on global cinema history and creative industries at Lingnan University. He earned his PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara and an MA in Communication Arts (Film) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research engages with global media industries, national media policies, Chinese-language film historiographies, and pirate humanities. He has presented his research across North America and Asia.

  • Recent Research Projects and Honours

    2024/26 RGC Early Career Scheme (ECS) Project, “On the Screen but Off the Map: Import Film Distribution in the PRC 1978-1993" .
  • Research Interests

    Media industries, media policy, film distribution, Chinese-language film histories, transnational cinemas, pirate humanities, media aesthetics

  • Representative Publications

    Book Chapter

    • (2015) With Michael Curtin and Yongli Li, “Hollywood in China: Continuities and Disjunctures in Film Marketing,” in Nolwenn Mingnant, Cecilia Tirtaine, and Joël Auguros, eds. Film Marketing into the Twenty-First Century. (London: BFI/Palgrave Macmillan), 65–76.

    Review Article

    • (2019) Book Review: Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries, in Media Industries Journal. 6, 1, p. 161-164 4 p.

    Journal Article

    • (2023) Trading devil Fish and Monkey kings: French and Chinese film industry policies and exchanges 1978-1993, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 29:5, 592-602, 11p.  DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2022.2096880

    • (2019) “The Personal, the Political and the Popular: Sino-Japanese Film Collaboration in the Early Reform Era,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Vol. 13, No. 3, p.202-214 13p.  DOI: 10.1080/17508061.2019.1678475

    • (2019) “Dead Chickens and Scared Monkeys: China’s Sprawling Celebrity Tax Scandal,” global-e, Vol. 12, Issue 16.

  • Professional Services

    • Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Peer Reviewer. 2017–continuing

    • Media Fields Journal, Member, Editorial Collective. 2016–2019