Huang, Tsung-Yi



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Huang, Tsung-Yi



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I am currently an Associate Professor of Geography at National Taiwan University. My works on cinema, literature, cultural studies, and global cities have been published in the Quarterly Review of Film and Video; Journal of Narrative Theory; Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies; Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies; and, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, among others. In 2004 my book Walking Between Slums and Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai was published by Hong Kong University Press. I received an Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators in 2005.

Research interests: biopolitics and cultural governance, emerging social subject, cultural identity, social/cultural text and discourse analysis


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature SUNY at Stony Brook

M. A. in Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NTU

B. A. in Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NTU


Three years ago I started working on the radically transformed morphology of the East Asia metropolises in response to capital globalization in the last two decades calls for rigorous analysis. Contemporary literature on the global city, with its major emphasis on Western global cities, is inadequate to theorize the cultural, economic, and political changes seen in such cities as Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. This three-year project therefore seeks to reframe the global city by analyzing the cultural politics of global city-regions and linked cities in East Asia. I engage with the following questions: what do linked cities mean against the backdrop of the circulation and drift of transnational capital? How do we understand the idea of “the twin-city” in relation to the global city-regions? To what extent are global cities or global city-regions the quintessential transnational space of our time? How do we address questions of citizenship in global city-regions? I argue that to investigate urban phenomenon of linked cities in the context of globalization, we need to attend to not only the function and images of the global city but also the operating logic of the global city-regions. Employing East Asia global cities as my case studies, I illustrate some of the most established theories of city-links, such as the hypothesis of “the cultural other” (in Leo Lee Ou-fan’s words) or the idea of cosmopolitanism (Ackbar Abbas on Hong Kong and Shanghai), have to be postulated in the context of the global city and global city-regions to be effective analytical terminology.

My current 3-year project focuses on the articulation of transnational flows of people. While the privileged professional managerial class takes center stage, the migratory flows of the underclass are often hidden from sight, left without resources for self-articulation. In view of the discursive absence of cultural representations and official recognition of the global underclass, I attempt to explore, with a critical geographic perspective, one of the most significant aspects of the emergent cultures of East Asian globalization, the migration of underprivileged people and their lived space of everyday life in a few cultural texts. The first year analyzes contemporary Hong Kong’s cinematic representations of the migration of the underclass, including prostitutes, foreign domestic workers, illegal immigrants and new immigrants, to explore how tensions resulting from capital and people flows are cast in stereotypical differences between Hong Kong and China. The second year looks at the representations of transmigrants in Taiwan’s recent documentary films with a particular emphasis on the aborigines, new immigrants, foreign workers, and low-skilled workers. I intend to investigate the complicated relationship between the camera’s gaze at the underclass and Taiwan’s self-articulation in the context of mega-urbanization. The last year focuses on the images and narratives of rural migrants in several Chinese films produced after the 1990s. Central to the project are the possibilities and limitations of representing rural migrants’ experiences of disembeddedness and the impact of uneven geographical developments on the concrete space of migrant workers’ everyday life.  


Urban Geography

Gender, Cities and Culture


Refereed Articles (2001-present):


Li, C.S; Huang, T.Y.M, 2014. Culture Governance of the New Economic Human: The Entrepreneurial Biography in Contemporary China.” positions: asia critique22(4): 877-906. (SSCI)

黃宗儀、胡俊佳、賴彥甫,2014。從人口政策到排他論述:內地孕婦赴港分娩與出生公民權的文化政治。台灣社會研究季刊,95,179-220。(TSSCI) [link]



Li, C. S.; Huang, T. Y. M., forthcoming. Cultural governance of the new economic man: Entrepreneurial biography in contemporary China, East Asia Cultures Critique. (A&HCI)

黃宗儀 ,2011。 中國南方「新流動女性」:女性發達史敘事與珠江三角洲的發展想像,中外文學,40(4),121-155。(TSSCI)



Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang, 2008. Beyond the Governace of Global City-regions: Discourses and Representations of Hong Kong's Cross-border Identities, Journal of Geographical Science, 52, 1-30. (in Chinese)

黃宗儀、李紀舍,2007。 東亞多重現代性與反成長論述: 論三部華語電影,中山人文學報Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities,24,65-86。

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, 2007. The Cosmopolitan Imaginary of Global City-Regions: Articulating New Cultural Identities in Taipei and Shanghai,Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, 4, 8-35。 (in Chinese)

Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang, 2007. Self-Writings of East Asian Metropolises: Revisiting the Tale of Hong Kong and Shanghai as Global City-Regions, Thought and Words, 45(1), 29-57.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, 2006. Revisiting a Postcolonial Global City: Hong Kong and Fruit Chan’s Little Cheung,  Tamkang Review,  XXXVI(3), 53-74.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, 2006. The cosmopolitan imaginary and flexible identities of global city-regions: articulating new cultural identities in Taipei and Shanghai, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 7(3), 472-491.

Michelle Tsung-yi Huang (2005) Self-Fashioning of a Global City: The Politics of Shanghai Nostalgia, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, 1: 73-96. (in Chinese)

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, 2005. Mutual Gazing and Self-Writing: Revisiting the Tale of Hong Kong and Shanghai as Global City-Region, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 31(1), 71-93.

Michelle Tsung-yi Huang, 2004. The Production of Urban Spaces: Shanghai as a Global City in the Making, Taiwan : A Tsung-yi Huang (2003) Tetsuo: Salaryman or Iron Man? Scope: Special Edition of Asian Cinema Review.

Tsung-yi Huang, 2003. Hong Kong as a Postcolonial and Global City: Fruit Chan's Little Cheung, Chung-Wai Literary Monthly, 32(4), 67-86.(in Chinese)

Tsung-yi Huang, 2001. Chungking Express: Walking with a Map of Desire in the Mirage of the Global City, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 18(2), 129-42. (A& HCI)

黃宗儀, 2001。蘭桂坊與香港藍調,上海文化,31, 61-2。 


Books & Book Chapters :

Szu-yun Hsu and Tsung-yi Michelle Huang. 2017. “Social Construction.” An Entry for the International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, eds. Douglas Richardson et al, Wiley.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang and Chi-she Li. 2015. “Multiple Modernities and the Imaging of Uselessness in Contemporary Chinese Cinema.” In Technovisuality: Cultural Re-Enchantment and the Experience of Technology, eds. Helen Grace, Amy Chan Kit-Sze, and Wong Kin Yuen, 239-263. IB Tauris.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang. 2013. “New Mobile Women in South China: Narratives of Female Success and the Imagination of Development in the Pearl River Delta.” In Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban, eds. Linda Peake and Martina Rieker, 68-89. New York: Routledge.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang. 2013. “Conceiving Cross-Border Communities: Mobile Women in Recent Hong Kong Cinema.” In The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas, eds. Carlos Rojas and Eileen Chow, 134-151. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang. 2012. “Revisiting Hong Kong: Fruit Chan’s ‘Little Cheung’.” In Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, ed. Gregory Bracken, 101-116. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang and Chi-she Li. 2012. “‘Like a Family but Not Quite’: Emotional Labor and Cinematic Politics of Intimacy.” In The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time, eds. Geraldine Pratt and Victoria Rosner, 211-231. New York: Columbia University Press.

Tsung-yi Michelle Huang. 2011. “Cinematic Imagination of Border-Crossing in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: Comrades, Almost a Love Story and Durian, Durian.” In East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations, ed. Vivian P.Y. Lee, 170-188. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

黃宗儀,2008。 面對巨變中的東亞景觀:大都會的自我身份書寫,臺北: 群學。


(A) 蔣經國文教基金會博士論文研究獎勵 (2000)

(B) 國科會新進人員研究計畫 全球化與後殖民的東亞世界都市:以香港為例 (2002/11 至 2003/07)

(C) 師大學術發展處新進人員研究獎勵 後殖民與全球化的東亞世界都市:從香港與《細路祥》談起 (2002/11 至 2003/07) 全球都會區域連結的跨國身份想像 (2004/12 至 2005/08)

(D) 國科會專題研究計畫 (92-2411-H-003-021-BI)

建構批判性的跨 (國) 文化流動研究 Toward Critical Transnational Studies: Theory, Method, Practices-跨國空間與城市連結:全球化情境下的東亞世界都市 (2/3)

建構批判性的跨 (國) 文化流動研究 Toward Critical Transnational Studies: Theory, Method, Practices-跨國空間與城市連結:全球化情境下的東亞世界都市 (3/3)

全球化時代新興文化與人文知識的新方向-東亞全球化的新興文化:大都會化地理情境下底層人口流動與生活 空間的再現議題 (2006年8月1日至 2009年7月31日)

湊組東亞城市區域:經濟整合與政治治理之外的文化邏輯(98-2410-H-002-163-MY3) (2009/8/1至2012/07/31)

中國新富的建構:工作認同、消費品味與城鄉分化─子計畫一:敘述珠三角區域化與新流動女性主體:女首富張茵傳記與杜拉拉現象(100-2420-H-002-008-MY3) (2011/1/1至2013/12/31)


2012 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2012 "Category A" Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2012 Excellent Publication Research Award(Book Chapters), NTU, Taiwan

2009 "Category A" Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2009 Outstanding Teaching Award (University), NTU, Taiwan

2008 Outstanding Teaching Award (University), NTU, Taiwan

2008 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2007 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2005 中央研究院年輕學者研究著作獎