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Xueyan (Juno) Sun


Juno studies the changing filmic representations of China and the Chinese from the 1930s to the 1990s, while exploring the historical, political, and social reasons behind these cinematic changes. Many films from her research filmography have rarely been systematically analyzed by other scholars (especially the ones from 1950, the year after the People's Republic of China was founded, to 1972, the year of the United States' rapprochement with China). The main primary sources on which she draws are the films, their original critics and the reviews they produced, and the materials that were generated during the films' production, such as scripts and press books. Primary materials available only in archives are also essential to her work. For example, her current research about American wartime films requires the Office of War Information's archive materials on the pressures exerted by government on the film industry during the Second World War, in order to produce movies that would be effective in propaganda terms. Juno is passionate about her project. It is about the American film industry and US-China relations; it is how China and her people are presented to the popular memory. It is history.

PhD

Supervisor: Melvyn Stokes
Working title: 'Representations of Chinese in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1990s'
Expected completion date: 2020

Conference papers and presentations

  • 'Representation of Nature: A Romanticized View of the Land during the Great Depression', Nature's Past: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept, UCL History postgraduate conference, London, June 2017