Screen Culture in Colonial Hong Kong (1897-1925)

Activity: Talks or PresentationsPublic Lecture


In this talk, Professor Yeh will centre on her two GRF projects on exhibition and reception of motion pictures in colonial Hong Kong. The year 1897 is the advent of film screenings, while 1925 represents the maturity of movie exhibition as an industrial practice.

Professor Yeh uses the term “screen culture” to map the polyvalent practices of motion pictures in the early 20th century. “Screen culture” covers both the institutional and cultural dimension of motion pictures as an entertainment event, a technological display, a public assembly, a business, an emerging part of social and cultural life, as well as a tool of colonial governance. The purpose of her investigation is two-fold: to present a new account of early screen practices of Hong Kong and to produce an open access database as a new research resource on Hong Kong film history, from its beginning to the mid 1920s.

Professor Yeh will recount some of the milestones in her journey into this chapter of cinema history in Hong Kong. They include the mobilisation of historiographical and critical concepts to curate the large trove of data collected, and examinations of under-exposed practices central to film exhibition (e.g., screening apparatuses, built environments, regulations, and racial segregation/discrimination) to recover the complexity of early Hong Kong screen culture.
Period13 Apr 2021
Event titleChair Professor Research Sharing Webinar Series
Event typePublic Lecture
OrganisersSchool of Graduate Studies, Institute of Policy Studies
LocationHong KongShow on map