Jing Jing Chang

  • Fellowship year:2010-2011
  • University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Dissertation Topic/Category: East Asia/China
  • Dissertation Title: Towards a Local Community: Colonial Governance and Cold War Politics in Hong Kong¬ís Film Culture, 1945-1970s
  • Jing Jing Chang’s dissertation uses film to shed new light on our understanding of post war Hong Kong and the colonial history of home-making and community building.  The 1950s and 1960s was a period of social turmoil and enormous uncertainty for the colony; it is however, also a period little understood in relation to Hong Kong’s development from a remote British colony into a hypermodern global city in the 1980s and 1990s.  Ideological struggles in Cold War Hong Kong were waged in the realm of an increasingly politicized local society, as Hong Kong became a battleground for the ideological struggles between pro-Communist and pro-Nationalist sympathizers, both vying for the allegiance of the Hong Kong public. Using film as archival evidence, Ms. Chang aims to explore the relationship between British colonial rule and Hong Kong’s grassroots population, on the one hand, and on the other hand, to foster an alternative understanding of being Chinese in the Cold War era amidst the struggles between Communist and Nationalist elements.