Helena Wu

Helena Wu, Dr.

Teaching and Research Fellow

Phone: +41 44 634 48 39


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” of the University of Zürich.

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 (selected)

(本土)地” (Local). Hong Kong Keywords 香港關鍵詞. 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.

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.

Hong Kong and its Many Different Shores.” Asia & Europe Bulletin. Zurich: The University of Zurich, 2017.

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 7, 2012. http://www.452f.com/pdf/numero07/07_452f-mono-helena-yuen-wai-orgnl.pdf

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

“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.

Conference Presentation (selected)

“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.

“Reading and Experiencing Verbo-visual Literary Writing: The Case of Sai Sai’s Novels and Novellas.” LexICON: Treating Image as Text & Text as Image. Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse. June 7-10, 2014

“What is ‘New’ About Wuxia Pian? Exploring the Generic Re/production and Re/invention of Wuxia Pian.” Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference. Asian Cinema Studies Society. March 16-20, 2013

“Rethinking Tradition: A Look at Jianghu and its Recontextualizations in Urban Space.” The 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. Association for Cultural Studies. June 17-21.

Courses Taught

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