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Hiu Man Chan

Research student, School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS

I started my PhD studies at JOMEC in 2012, enabled by the Geoff Mungham Overseas Award scholarship and a sponsorship from Intellect. 

My thesis is a critical account on the development of Chinese cinema studies in English-language academia, with a theoretical framework informed by Pierre Bourdieu.

Apart from above, I conduct research on policy and strategies in relation to creative industries collaboration between the UK and China, with a particular focus on the screen industries.

I left Cardiff in 2016 to work as Research Assistant at the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, Birmingham City University, for a two-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, while continued to finalise my thesis. 

Research interests

My research interests cover the historical, theoretical and industrial issues around film:


  • critical history of film theory/criticism
  • film criticism in early newspapers
  • cultural history of cinema going and audience memory


  • the essence of film criticism 
  • the ontology of film 

Industrial (policy & strategies)

  • creative industries/film collaboration between the UK and China 
  • international film co-production
  • international film distribution (theatrical & VOD) 
  • arthouse cinema exhibition 


When based in Cardiff between 2013 - 2016, I assisted the teaching and marking on the following undergraduate modules:

  • 2016: Doing Media Research
  • 2015: History of Mass Communication
  • 2015: World Cinema
  • 2015: Popular Music and Identities
  • 2015: Representations
  • 2013 & 2014: Popular Culture


An Inquiry into Chinese Cinema Studies as a Field

Funding source

JOMEC & Intellect

Stuart Allan

Professor Stuart Allan

Head of School





  • Chan, H. M. 2015. Limehouse and its haunted nostalgia. In: Maksymiak, M. A., Marten-Finnis, S. and Nagel, M. eds. Promised Lands, Transformed Neighbourhoods and Other Spaces: Migration and the Art of Display, 1920-1950. edition lumière, pp. 197-206.



Areas of expertise