Spotlight

Sangjoon

LEE

Associate Professor 
Department of Visual Studies
Lingnan
 University

Director
Asian Cinema Research Lab (ACR Lab)

I am an associate professor and head of the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. 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 Rediscovering Korean Cinema (University of Michigan Press, 2019), Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media (with Marcus Nornes; University of Michigan Press, 2015).

Prior to joining Lingnan, I taught at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore (2015-2022), the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2011-2013), and the Department of Film and Theatre at Dankook University in South Korea (2014). I was also a visiting assistant professor at the Australian National University in 2018. At Lingnan University, I teach classes on international film festivals, South Korean cinema, Chinese-language cinemas, film industries in Asia, and Hollywood.