Helena Wu

Helena Wu, Dr.

Assistentin Sinologie

Tel.: +41 44 634 48 39

helenayuen-wai.wu@uzh.ch

Office: URPP Asia and Europe, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 66, 8001 Zurich



Academic Qualification

2013 - now PhD Candidate in Chinese Studies, University of Zurich.
2008 - 2011 M.Phil. in Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong Thesis title: “Beyond Rivers and Lakes: A Cultural Study of Jianghu
2005 - 2008 BA (1st HONS.) in Comparative Literature and Chinese Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

Cinema, Hong Kong Culture, and Modern Hong Kong Literature.

Conferences and Seminars

2016 “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. Hong Kong. Jan 11 2016.
2015 “The Concept of Thing: Mediation and Representation of Lion Rock in the Context of Hong Kong Culture.” Concepts in Transition: Modes and Effects of Change. URPP Asia and Europe. Zurich. Sept 9-11 2015.
“Umbrella Creativity: Artistic Expression and Resistance in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement.” Civil Society in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Looking back and Reaching out. The Nottingham Taiwan Studies Programme & The Department of Chinese Studies, University of Zürich. Jun 7-8 2015.
2014 “The Travelling of Jianghu and its Cinematic Translation.” Asia and Europe in Translation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Annual Conference of the URPP Asia and  Europe. Zurich. Nov 6-8 2014.
“Hong Kong Culture and Hong Kong Umbrella Movement 2014.” University of Zurich. Forum on Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. Zurich. Oct 14 2014.
“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. Braga and Coimbra, July 22-26 2014.
2013 “From Place-writing to Telling Places: A Look at How Places are Re/Produced in Texts.”Travelling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary. Zurich, Nov 29- Dec 1 2013.
“Place, Person and Thing in Hong Kong Cinema and Literature after 1997.” University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe Retreat. Viznau, June 3-5, 2013.
“From Place-writing to Telling Places: A Look at How Places are Re/Produced in Texts.” The 7th Conference of Swiss Asian Studies. Bern, April 2013.
“Project Overview: Place, Person and Thing in Hong Kong Cinema and Literature after 1997.” Workshop for Graduate Students of Department of Sinology, University of Zurich. Zurich, March 7, 2013.
2012 “Reading and Experiencing Verbo-visual Literary Writing: The Case of Novel and Novella.” LexICON: Treating Image as Text & Text as Image. Mulhouse, June 7-10, 2012.
“Beyond Rivers and Lakes: A Study of the Imagination of Jianghu in Chinese Cinema.” The Cinema of Sensations: XIV International Film and Media Studies Conference in Transylvania. Cluj-Napoca, May 25-17, 2012.
“What is ‘New’ About Wuxia Pian? Exploring the Generic Re/production and Re/invention of Wuxia Pian.” Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference. Hong Kong, March 16-20, 2012
“An Exploration of the Transnational Re/Invention of Wuxia Pian in the 21st Century.” Critical Connections: Forum on Cultural Studies in Asia and Beyond, Bangkok. March 16, 2012.
2010 “Recycling Histories, Reinventing Stories: A Look at Jin Yong’s Wuxia Novels and the Manifestations of Jianghu.” Mythologies 2010: Recycling Myths, Inventing Nations. Gregynog, Wales, July 14-16, 2010.
“A Chinese Diaspora Beyond Rivers and Lakes: Journeying through Jianghu in Chinese Literature and Films.” The 3rd Global Conference: Diaspora. Oxford, July 7-9, 2010.
“Rethinking Tradition: A Look at Jianghu and its Recontextualizations in Urban Space.” The 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. Hong Kong, June 17-21, 2010.

Awards

2013 PhD Scholarship, University Research Priority Program: Asia and Europe, The University of Zurich.
2008 Best Student Paper Award (Taiwanese Literature Studies), School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong.
Outstanding Researcher Award, School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong.
2007 Distinguished Research Achievement (Taiwanese Literature Studies), School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong.
Bakhtin Award, School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong.
2006 Dean’s Honours List, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong.

Teaching Experience

2016 Lecturer. “Hong Kong Culture through the Lens of Literature.” Department of Chinese Studies, Modern China, University of Zurich.
  Guest Lecturer. “Postmodernism” Undergraduate Course. Comparative Literature, (School of Humanities) The University of Hong Kong.
2015   Guest Lecturer. “Hong Kong Popular Culture” Undergraduate Course. Comparative Literature, (School of Humanities) The University of Hong Kong.
Guest Lecturer. “Fabrications of Identity” Postgraduate Course. Comparative Literature, (School of Humanities) The University of Hong Kong.
Guest Lecturer. “Zugänge zur Sinologie” Undergraduate Course. Department of Chinese Studies, Modern China, University of Zurich.
2014 Guest Lecturer. “Konzepte von Modernität in der Gegenwartsliteratur” Undergraduate Course. Department of Chinese Studies, Modern China, University of Zurich.
Guest Lecturer. “Zugänge zur Sinologie” Undergraduate Course. Department of Chinese Studies, Modern China, University of Zurich.
2010-2013 Teaching Assistant and Course Coordinator. Comparative Literature, (School of Humanities) The University of Hong Kong.
2011 Guest Lecturer. “Postmodernism” Undergraduate Course. Comparative Literature, (School of Humanities) The University of Hong Kong.
2008-2010 Tutor. Comparative Literature, (School of Humanities) The University of Hong Kong.

Courses

FS16 Hong Kong Culture through the Lens of Literature

FS16 Methoden der Text- und Kulturanalyse II (Guest lectures)

HS15 Daily Life in Early Modern China (Guest lectures)

HS15 Methoden der Text- und Kulturanalyse I (Tutorials)

HS14 Konzepte von Modernität in der Gegenwartsliteratur (Guest lectures)

Publications

In English

“Transposing Jianghu in Global Martial Arts Cinema of the 21st Century.” Martial Arts & Media Culture (to appear)

Writing Places, Making Places: Song Wong Toi as a Rock of Nostalgia.” Bulletin of Society of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Society of Comparative Literature, 2014.

“Humans and Non-humans in Äkta Människor.” Bulletin of Society of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Society of Comparative Literature, 2013.

“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

  “Reading and Experiencing Verbo-visual Literary Writing: The Case of Novel and Novella.” Proceedings of the International Conference LexICON: Treating Image as Text & Text as Image. 2012.

“Traveling Between Word and Image: Escaping through Imagination.” Bulletin of Society of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Society of Comparative Literature, 2012.

“Beyond Rivers and Lakes: A Cultural Study of Jianghu” M.Phil Thesis. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, 2011. http://hub.hku.hk/handle/10722/137084

“Reading Madness: A Maniac’s Quest for the Self in Kim Ki Duk’s Arirang and Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist.” Bulletin of Society of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Society of Comparative Literature, 2011.

In Chinese

“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.

“Go Green: 理想與生活的取捨與讓步 專訪「環保觸覺」主席譚凱邦 /Go Green: A Choice between Ideals and Everyday Life: An Interview with Roy Tam.” Hong Kong: Ming Pao Daily 明報, May 14, 2011.

“探尋評論表演的邊限 由電視節目《我要做特首》談起:胡恩威、馬家輝對談 /Exploring the Border of Performance: A Dialogue between Mathias Woo and Ma Ka Fai.” Hong Kong: Ming Pao Daily 明報, March 20, 2011.