Helena Wu

Helena Wu, Dr.

Teaching and Research Fellow

Tel.: +41 44 634 31 83



Academic Qualification

Ph.D. (Summa cum laude) in Chinese Studies, The University of Zürich.

with a grant from the “University Research Priority Program: Asia and Europe”.

M.Phil. in Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong.

Thesis: “Beyond Rivers and Lakes: A Cultural Study of Jianghu

B.A. (1st Hon.) in Comparative Literature and Chinese Studies, The University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Hong Kong literature, cinema and culture; Taiwan cinema and literature; East-Asian cinema; postcolonialism; local/translocal cultural production and consumption

Publications: Peer-reviewed Monograph

Wu, Helena. The Hangover After the Handover: Places, Things and Cultural Icons in Hong Kong- Liverpool University Press, 2020.

Publications: Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Sports as a Lens: The Contours of Local and National Belonging in Post-handover Hong Kong.” Global Media and China 5.2: 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/2059436420918361

“Imagining the Future in Post-millennial Hong Kong Cinema: Visualizing the Local, the National and the Global in Cultural Imaginaries.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 14.1: 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/17508061.2020.1733211

“The Travelling of Ten Years: Imagined Spectatorships and Readerships of Hong Kong’s Local.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 20.8: 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2018.1460220

“Hong Kong Connections Across the South-/East Asian Sinosphere.” Introduction to Special Issue. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 20.8: 2018.

“A Journey Across Rivers and Lakes: A Look at the Un/translatable Jianghu in Chinese Culture and Literature.” 452°F: Journal of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature No. 7: 2012. http://www.452f.com/pdf/numero07/07_452f-mono-helena-yuen-wai-orgnl.pdf

“Xuhuan yu xianshi de migong: jiedu Luo Yijun’s ‘Jiangsheng shier xingzuo’”虛幻與現實的迷宮:解讀駱以軍〈降生十二星座〉[A Labyrinth of Fantasy and Reality: Luo Yijun’s ‘Born in the Zodiac’]. The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China 韓中言語文化研究 No. 27: 2011.

Publications: Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

“在(本土)地” (Local). Hong Kong Keywords 香港關鍵詞. Edited by Yiu-wai Chu. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2019.

“Transposing Jianghu in Chinese Martial Arts Cinema from the 20th Century to the 21st Century.” Chinese Martial Arts and Media Culture. Edited by Tim Trausch. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Conference Presentation and Invited Talks (selected)

“Hong Kong Cultural Identity.” Winter School. Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland. January 31, 2020.

“The Spectatorships and Circulation of Ten Years (2015) in Hong Kong.” International Workshop: New Media, Creative Industries and Cultural Entrepreneurs in China. University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. December 5, 2019.

A Trans-local Collaboration of Local Imaginaries: From Ten Years Hong Kong to the Ten Years International Project.” Society for Hong Kong Studies First Annual Conference. Society for Hong Kong Studies. June 22, 2019.

Between Locality and Local Relations: The Case of Sung Wong Toi.” The Question of Locality: Hong Kong Literature and Culture Annual Conference. School of Chinese, University of Hong Kong. May 30 – June 1, 2019.

Discussant. Thinking Space in Hong Kong: Limits, Horizons, Imaginaries. Hong Kong Studies Programme, University of Hong Kong. May 24, 2019.

Negotiating with Things and/as Bodies in Post-millennial Hong Kong: A Look at the works of Han Lai-chu.” Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature Biennial Conference 2017: Text, Media, and Transcultural Negotiation. Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature. June 21-23, 2017.

“From Kwan Yee Gor to Ip Man: Heroic Icons as Object of (Re)enchantment of Hong Kong Popular Culture.” East Asian Popular Culture: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities, The Education University of Hong Kong. January 11, 2016.

“Beyond Rivers and Lakes: Worlding and the Travelling of Jianghu.” XX Biennial Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies. European Association of Chinese Studies. July 22-26, 2015.

“From Place-writing to Telling Places: A Look at How Places are Re/Produced in Texts.” The 7th Conference of Swiss Asian Studies: Debates and Perspectives. Swiss Asia Society. April 17-20, 2015.


Courses Taught

Vorlesung 2020: The Fabrication of Hong Kong Identity


Vertiefung 2019: Exploring Localization in Hong Kong and Taiwan Literature

Proseminar 2019 (co-teaching): Cultural and Political Communication in Greater China


Vertiefung 2018: Literature and Cinema: Translation, Adaptation and Transformation in Sinophone Context

Vertiefung 2018: Introduction to Taiwan Literature

Proseminar 2018: Hong Kong Cinema: Cultural Representation and Socio-political Transformation


Vertiefung 2017: Representing ‘Hong Kong’ in Hong Kong Literature

Vorlesung 2017: Cultural Policy and Hong Kong Culture

Proseminar 2017: Taiwan on Screen: Cinema, Culture and Society


Vertiefung 2016: Introduction to Hong Kong Literature

Vorlesung 2016: Hong Kong Culture through the Lens of Cinema and Literature

Proseminar 2016: Postcolonial Theory