Skip to Main Content
Liberal Arts Education Transformation For Life
Start main Content

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Prof. Wesley Aaron JACKS

Assistant Professor and MA in Creative and Media Industries Programme Director

Department of Visual Studies Lingnan University



  • Biography

    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.

  • Academic & Professional Qualifications

    • PhD in Film and Media Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara

    • MA in Communication Arts (Film), University of Wisconsin-Madison

    • BA in Psychology, Wabash College

  • Areas of Interest

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

  • Working Experience

    • Assistant Director, Carsey-Wolf Center, University of California-Santa Barbara (2019-2020)

    • Instructor, Film and Media Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara (2017-2020)

    • Teaching Assistant, Film and Media Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, (2013-2017)

    • Adjunct Instructor, Council of International Education Exchange (CIEE), Beijing (2012)

    • Adjunct Instructor, International College of Beijing, (2010-2012)

  • Publications

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

    • “Dead Chickens and Scared Monkeys: China’s Sprawling Celebrity Tax Scandal,” global-e, Vol. 12, Issue 16, April 25, 2019.

    • 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), 2015, 65–76.

  • Conferences & Invited Presentations

    • “The Wandering Earth and Its Unmoving Nations,” SCMS, Denver. 2020 (Postponed)

    • “The Shops Around the Corner: Pirate Disc Retailers in Urban China,” SCMS, Seattle. 2019

    • “Big in China: Transnational Stars in the Early Reform Era,” SCMS, Toronto. 2018.

    • “Willing Collaborators: Sino-Japanese Film Cooperation in the Early Reform Era,” Chinese Film Market and Asian Cinema Conference, Nanyang Technological University. 2017.

    • “High Hopes and Flat Fees: Import Film Distribution in Mainland China from 1978–1993,” SCMS, Chicago. 2017.

    • “Growing While Shrinking: Competition and Consolidation in Chinese Online Video Platforms” Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference, UC-Santa Barbara. 2014.

    • “Queues, Blackouts, and Hypercompetition: Revenue-Sharing Distribution in China in 2012–2013” SCMS, Seattle. 2014.

    • “Projecting and Protecting the Nation: Chinese Cinema as History/Industry/Policy” Peking University (CIEE), Beijing. 2012, 2013.

  • Professional Service

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

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

  • Competitive Fellowships

    • Graduate Research Fellowship, UC-Santa Barbara, 2016-2017.

    • Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, Tsinghua University (IUP Chinese-language Program), 2015-2016.

    • Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, National Taiwan Normal University (Mandarin Training Center), 2014-2015.