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Esther Yau

Esther Yau PhD '90 is a scholar of transnational Chinese cinema who has published essays in “The Oxford History of World Cinema,” “Film Quarterly,” “Discourse,” “Wide Angle” and “Quarterly Review of Film and Video,” and in the anthologies “Film Quarterly Forty Years: A Selection,” “The Hidden Dimension: Cinema and the Question of Class” and “Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism.”

She is editor of “At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World” (University of Minnesota Press, 2001) and co-editor of a special issue of “positions east Asia cultures critique,” as well as “New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics” (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

A recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend in 1993, Professor Yau has served as an academic consultant of Chinese film exhibition projects at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art at Washington, D.C. During 1997-98, she was the Chancellor’s Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and she also taught graduate seminars at the University of Southern California and UCLA from 1996 to 1998. She chaired the Asian Studies Department at Occidental College from 2002 to 2005.