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Sangjoon

LEE

Associate Professor 
School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong

Director
Asian Cinema Research Lab (ACR Lab)

I am an associate professor of cinema studies at the City University of Hong Kong's  School of Creative Media. I hold a Ph.D. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Cinema Studies in 2011 and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005.

I am a historian of Asian cinema whose interests span the Cultural Cold War, International Film Festivals in Asia, South Korean cinema and popular culture, and the Asian film industries. I am the author of  Cinema and the Cultural Cold War: US Cultural Diplomacy and the Origins of the Asian Cinema Network (Cornell University Press, 2020) and the editor/co-editor of The South Korean Film Industry (University of Michigan Press, 2024), Remapping the Cold War in Asian Cinemas (Amsterdam University Press, 2024), The Routledge Companion to Asian Cinemas (Routledge, 2024), Rediscovering Korean Cinema (University of Michigan Press, 2019), and Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media (with Marcus Nornes; University of Michigan Press, 2015).

Prior to joining CityU, I taught at Lingnan University's Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industry (2022-2023), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore (2015-2022), and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2011-2013). I was also a visiting assistant professor at the Australian National University in 2018. At CityU, I teach classes on film history, international film festivals, South Korean cinema and pop culture, film industries in Asia, and Hollywood.

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