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Elaine Wing Tung Chung

Dr Elaine Wing Tung Chung


Lecturer in Chinese Studies

School of Modern Languages

Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a lecturer in Chinese Studies at the School of Modern Languages, where I teach modules on Sinophone histories, cultures and societies at all undergraduate levels. I also conduct research and supervise postgraduate projects on East Asian popular cultures.



  • Chung, E. 2024. Chinese remakes of South Korean films. In: Wang, Z., Wilcox, E. and Yu, H. eds. Teaching Film from the People's Republic of China. Modern Language Association of America








Book sections


My research interests lie on the politics of popular cultures in East Asia, with a focus on identity representation in media texts (from films, TV series to user-generated content online).



I currently convene and deliver the following double-semester modules 

  • ML1192 China in Context
  • ML1259 Cultures in Context (Chinese)
  • ML1372 Sinophone Cultures: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Chinese Diasporas

and supervise BA Modern Chinese, BA Chinese, and MA Global Cultures dissertations 

I have preciviously contributed to the teaching of the following modules:

  • ML1130 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics  
  • ML1194 Chinese Cinema 
  • ML1257 Chinese Society & Culture 
  • ML8100 Introduction to Translation Methods
  • ML2201 Introduction to Specialised Translation



I hold a PhD from SOAS University of London, an MA from Korea University, and a BA from the University of Hong Kong.

In the School of Modern Languages, I am co-ordinating the Visiting Scholars Programme and leading the research theme Transnational Cultural and Visual Studies.

As an Year Abroad Officer, I am reponsible for establishing international partnerships for the Chinese programme and co-ordinating BA Chinese students' exchange studies in mainland China and Taiwan. 

Honours and awards

Professional memberships

  • British Association of Chinese Studies
  • European Association of Taiwan Studies
  • Hong Kong Studies Association
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Committees and reviewing

  • Research Ethics Committee, School of Modern Languages, 2022-present 


I welcome doctoral application in these subject areas: 

  • Popular culture in East Asia
  • Stardom, fandom, celebrity culture
  • Cultural politics and soft power
  • (Social) media and identity

PhD projects I currently supervise: 

  • Postfeminism and Chinese ‘big heroine’ television dramas 
  • British National (Overseas) Hongkongers, their conflicts with existing Chinese communities and the implications for identity politics in the UK (funded by ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership) 
  • Chronotopes, signs and changes: An ethnographic linguistic landscape study of peri-urban China (funded by Chinese Scholarship Council) 
  • Projecting China’s idea of China: An analysis of international co-production documentaries as a vehicle for cultural diplomacy, 1980-present

Current supervision

Chen Yang

Chen Yang

Research student

Shanshan Xie

Shanshan Xie

Research student


  • Culture, representation and identity
  • Screen and media culture
  • Celebrity Studies
  • Chinese popular culture
  • Korean popular culture

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