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Poshek Fu

Professor Emeritus


Professor of History, 2004-Present
Professor of Asian American Studies
Vice President, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, 2019-Present
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Social Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2016
Director, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, 2010-2013

Research Interests

Chinese Studies, Hong Kong Studies, Cultural history, Film history, War and culture

Research Description

He is completing a book manuscript on the cultural cold war in Hong Kong (under contract with Oxford University Press), particularly on the fight between China, Taiwan, and the US in winning hearts and minds of ethnic Chinese across Asia.


Ph.D, Stanford University, 1989


  • Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship
  • Fulbright Research Scholar
  • Mellon Faculty Grant
  • John D. and Catherine MacArthur Fellowship

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Paper Award, Academy of Hong Kong Studies, 2019
  • Distinguished Humanities Lecture Series, Renmin University (Beijing), 2018
  • AMIAS Fellow and Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2014-2015
  • Visiting Zhijiang Professor of Humanities, East China Normal University, 2011-2017

Courses Taught

Professor Fu teaches classes on modern China, cultural history of Shanghai, Hong Kong cinema and popular culture, US-China cultural relations, and Global East Asia.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, History

Intellectual Property

Journal Articles

  • "文化冷战在香港:中国学生周报与亚洲基金会 (Part 1)." 二十一世纪 (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 173, (2019): 47-62.
  • "文化冷战在香港:中国学生周报与亚洲基金会 (Part 2)." 二十一世纪 (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 174 (2019): 67-82.
  • "香港国语电影的黄金时代:“电懋”“邵氏”与冷战." 当代电影 (2019):
  • "More than Just Entertaining: Cinematic Containment and Asia's Cold War in Hong Kong, 1949-1959." Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 30.2 (2018):
  • "Trans-Pacific Cultural Connections: University of Illinois and China." Journal of American-East Asian Relations (2017):
  • "Japanese Occupation, “Shanghai Exile, Postwar Hong Kong Cinema." China Quarterly 194 (2008): 380-394.

Magazine Articles

  • "Cinema, Cold war, and Hong Kong (“Masters and the Movies Series")." Perspectives on History (AHA). 16 Apr. 2012: 15-18.

Highlighted Publications

Fu, P., & Yip, M.-F. (Eds.) (2019). The Cold War and Asian Cinemas. Routledge.

Fu, P. (Ed.) (2008). China Forever: The Shaw Brothers and Diasporic Cinema. (Popular Culture and Politics in Asia Pacific). University of Illinois Press.

Fu, P. (2003). Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas. Stanford University Press.

Fu, P. (1993). Passivity, Resistance, and Collaboration: Intellectual Choices in Occupied Shanghai, 1937-1945. Stanford University Press.

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Recent Publications

Fu, P. S., & Yip, M. F. (2023). Ambivalence of entertainment: the Cold War and pro-communist Mandarin cinema. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 24(6), 1014-1032.

Fu, P. (2023). Hong Kong Media and Asia's Cold War. Oxford University Press.

Fu, P. (2020). 顺流与逆流: 重写香港电影史 (与苏涛合编). Peking University Press.

Fu, P. (2019). Entertainment and Propaganda: Hong Kong Cinema and Asia’s Cold War. In P. Fu, & M.-F. Yip (Eds.), The Cold War and Asian Cinemas (pp. 238-262). Routledge.

Fu, P., & Yip, M.-F. (Eds.) (2019). The Cold War and Asian Cinemas. Routledge.

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