Chinese Cinema

Description: Through the cinema lens, “Chinese Cinema” offers an insight into the socio-economic, cultural as well as political landscape of China. Films of different genres made in Mainland China, Hong Kong as well as Taiwan with English subtitles, and even in the U.S., will be selected to help understand the history, regional differences, daily lives, gender relations, and the value system of the people and the nation.

This course is 60% hands-on and 40% lecture.

Instructor will provide manual or handouts (electronic). 

No pre-requisite – No prior knowledge required but there is a reading list of materials that come with this course.  See reading list on footnote.* 

Class size*: 5 – 15 students is the desired class size (Ideal).

*If we receive less than 4 sign-ups, class will be cancelled.   We have one week before class starts to determine that.   Registration remains open up to two days before class starts.  People can sign up in the beginning of Oct. & Nov. and throughout 2020 to March 2021.  

Class Starts:  March 2021 

Class Day & Time:  TBA

No Informational Session is scheduled for this course.  Any questions can be send to: 

Every Wed. & Fri.  in March & April 2021.  

6:40 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

You may get college credit or continuing education credits for this course. Please check with your institution and our directors at Cultural Society about this possibility.

Reading list for Chinese Cinema Course: 

Berry, Christopher, and Farquhar, Mary Ann. 2006. China on Screen: Cinema and Nation. NY: Columbia University Press.

ISBN-10: 0231137079

ISBN-13: 978-0231137072

Zhu, Ying, and, Rosen, Stanley, eds. 2010. Art, Politics, and Commerce in Chinese Cinema. Hong Kong University Press.

ISBN-10: 9622091768

Film titles will be given in the syllabus.


Yu Luo Rioux, Ph. D., is teaching modern Chinese language, culture, and literature at UMass Lowell. Her work experience is long and varied, ranging from teaching, advising, translating, interpreting, and consulting. With a BA in English (language and literature) in China, MA in American Studies, and Ph. D. in (Human) Geography in the U. S., Dr. Rioux has a good understanding of cultural differences and challenges. Enhancing cross-cultural understanding has always been her passion. She has initiated and participated in cultural exchange programs, and has been invited to relevant guest lectures. She has published both in the English and the Chinese languages. Her research interests range from language acquisition to cross-cultural studies and the cultural geography of China.

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