Current Projects

Books

Border Crossings in Celluloid Asia: South Korea’s Encounter with Sinophone Cinemas in Southeast Asia (Under Contract with Amsterdam University Press)

 

Border Crossings in Celluloid Asia will explore the ways South Korean cinema during the Cold War was shaped by a regional and trans-regional network that included the diasporic Sinophone cinemas in Southeast Asia. More specifically, I will show that transnational coproduction practice affected what is commonly perceived as national cinemas. I have made a contract with Amsterdam University Press, which is considered one of the most respected academic outlets in the field of Cinema and Media studies. This book is expected to get published in Summer/Fall 2022.

 

South Korean Film History (lead author)

 

This ambitious project will be the first book on the subject written in English. Four internationally renowned film historians will write this book of South Korean cinema. In addition to myself (lead author), Nam Lee (Chapman University; author of Films of Bong Joon-ho), Cho Junhyoung (Senior Researcher, Korean Film Archive), and Chung Jong-hwa (Senior Researcher, Korean Film Archive) will write the early history (Chung), the first golden age in the 1950s and 1960s (Cho), the authoritarian stage in the 1970s and 1980s (Nam Lee), and the post-1990s renaissance of South Korean cinema (Sangjoon Lee). I expect to see the book’s publication in early 2023.

 

 

Edited Books

 

The South Korean Film Industry (lead editor)

 

The South Korean Film Industry will provide the first detailed scholarly overview of the South Korean film industry. The book will map out a compelling and authoritative vision of how that field may be approached in historical and industrial terms. To achieve this aim, The South Korean Film Industry, as a collaborative project, will be edited by three academics – Sangjoon Lee (Nanyang Technological University; lead editor), Dal Yong Jin (Simon Fraser University), and Cho Junhyoung (Korean Film Archive). I expect to see the volume’s publication in late 2022.

 

Asian Cinema and the Cultural Cold War (lead editor)

 

This edited volume, tentatively titled Asian Cinema and the Cultural Cold War, will include 18 essays that will be presented at the same title conference. The conference is currently scheduled to be held in May 2021 as a virtual conference. I expect to see the volume’s publication in early 2023.

The Routledge Companion to Asian Cinema (co-editor)

This ambitious edited volume with massive 40-45 chapters will easily be one of the most important publications in the field of Asian cinema. It will be co-edited by four editors, including Zhang Zhen (New York University; lead editor), Debashree Mukherjee (Columbia University), Intan Paramaditha (Macquarie University), and myself. I expect to see the volume’s publication in early 2024.