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Dr Dan (Lydia) Wu

Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


+44 (0) 1482 463283

Lydia D Wu's research focuses on Chinese film industry, linguistics and democratisation in China. She also works as freelance translator and film festival programmer.

Her current research is concerned with how Chinese grassroots film exhibition engages with state and society, and restructures the state-controlled film exhibition system in contemporary China.



Research Interests

  • Chinese film industry
  • Linguistics
  • Democratisation in China


Co-authored with Sabrina Q. Yu, 'From Elitism to Institutionalisation: CIFF and Chinese Independent Film Festivals'. In: Chris Berry and Luke Robinson, ed. Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

‘How Does It Survive?: The Tenth Beijing Independent Film Festival’, Senses of Cinema, issue 68, 2013

‘When We Talk About Feminism at A Film Festival, What Are We Talking About?, The First China Women’s Film Festival’, Senses of Cinema, issue 70, 2014


Co-translated with Hong Jiachun and Ma Ran, Sirende Sheyingji: zhuguan dianying yu sanwen dianying, Chapter 4, 5 &8, Yu Tianqi & Dong Bingfeng (ed.), Beijing: Beepub, 2014, a translation of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film from the English of Laura Rascaroli, Wallflower Press: London, New York, 2009



Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Film Studies
  • MLitt in Film Studies
  • BA in English Literature and Translation Studies