GHKS @ UC Talk Cultural Activism in Hong Kong during the Cold War and the Fiery 70s

GHKS Event 4 May 30

Event Date


[Pacific Time] May 30, 2024 5pm

[Hong Kong Time] May 31, 2024 8am


Co-sponsors: UC Davis East Asian Studies, UCLA Asian Pacific Center, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, UCI Center for Asian Studies, UCSD International Institute, UCSD 21st Century China Center, Pomona College Asian Studies

This event is organized and hosted by Global Hong Kong Studies at University of California.

About the Event

Lu Pan, editor of the book The 70's Biweekly: Social Activism and Alternative Cultural Production in 1970s Hong Kong (Hong Kong: HKU Press, 2023)  and historian and author of Hong Kong Media and Asia's Cold War Po-Shek Fu will discuss the importance and impact of cultural activism in Hong Kong during the Cold War and the Fiery 70s.

The 70's Biweekly: Social Activism and Alternative Cultural Production in 1970s Hong Kong


Taking a highly unique independent magazine, The 70s Bi-weekly (《70 年代雙周刊》) as the main thread, this research investigates into an unexplored and largely forgotten story of Hong Kong’s cultural and art production after global student movements in 1968 as well as Hong Kong’s own 1967 riots. This publication represents the making of a dissent space by independent press and activist groups in Hong Kong to challenge the political and cultural dominance of British colonialism and imperialism, the mainstream leftism, and a Hong Kong culture forged largely by capitalistic consumerism and mass entertainment. First published in 1970, The 70s Biweekly stands out from many other independent magazines by its unique blending of the introduction of radical political theories, social activism, and avantgarde art, and local art and literature creations. The 70s crystallizes an important alternative cultural history of Hong Kong and its identity formation in the post-1968 years.

Hong Kong Media and Asia's Cold War

Hong Kong Media and Asia's Cold War is the first systematic study of the cultural Cold War in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was a key battlefield in Asia’s cultural Cold War during the 1950s-1960s, functioning as a center of fierce competition between Communist China, Nationalist Taiwan, and the United States for the hearts and minds of Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia and around the globe. Central to their propaganda and psychological warfare were the Mandarin cinema and emigre-dominated print media. Drawings from untapped materials from multiple archives, contemporary sources, and numerous interviews with filmmakers, magazine editors, and student activists the book focuses on the Shaw Brothers studio, the US Asia Foundation-sponsored Asia Pictures, and the Chinese Student Weekly, an influential magazine that connected young readers across Asia into a transnational community of democratic yearning and imagined Chineseness.

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About the Speakers

Pan Lu

Associate Professor Lu Pan

PAN Lu is Associate Professor at Department of Chinese History and Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Pan is author of three monographs: In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016), Aestheticizing Public Space: Street Visual Politics in East Asian Cities (Bristol: Intellect, 2015), and Image, Imagination and Imaginarium: Remapping World War II Monuments in Greater China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). She is chief editor of The 70's Biweekly: Social Activism and Alternative Cultural Production in 1970s Hong Kong (Hong Kong: HKU Press, 2023) and The (Im)possibilities of Art Archives: Theories and Experience in/from Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2024). Besides her academic career, she is also an active filmmaker and curator.

Po-Shek Fu

Dr. Po-Shek Fu

Po-Shek Fu is a historian of film and popular culture. Born in Hong Kong, he received his BA from University of Toronto, spent several years in Shanghai at the beginning of the "Reforms and Open Up," before getting his Ph.D. from Stanford. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and Member of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. His publications include Passivity, Resistance, and Collaboration: Intellectual Choices in Occupied Shanghai, 1937-1945 (Stanford UP, 1993), Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas (Stanford UP, 2003), China Forever: The Shaw Brothers and Diasporic Cinema (U of Illinois Press, 2008), and, most recently, Hong Kong Media and Asia's Cold War (Oxford UP, 2023). He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.