Assistant Professor of Communication and Asian Studies
Hongwei Thorn Chen is a scholar of Chinese and east Asian film and media cultures. Chen's research is interested in how institutions attempt to govern with technological media, and how media, in turn, trigger crises of governmental reason. He is working on a book that examines how "education" and "tutelage" served as organizing rationalities of institutional film use in China during the early-twentieth century, a period when elites sought to shape new political subjects within the uneven landscape of global inter-imperial competition. The book unfolds Chen's broader interests in colonial modernities and their legacies in east Asia, modern China, and transnational histories of film and visual culture.