Contemporary East Asian cinemas; Chinese-language cinemas of all periods and regions; transcultural genres and modes (especially melodrama, ecocinema, and martial arts cinema); special effects; set design and location shooting; animal studies; landscape aesthetics; primitivism in the arts (especially animism and shamanism)
Pao-chen Tang studies in the joint-degree program in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His research focuses on those moments on screen when the human encounters the nonhuman. He has published on Xu Bing’s afforestation, dogs and hot dogs in early cinema (winner of the 2015 Domitor Student Essay Award), and the disciplinary dialogue between animal studies and cinema studies in, respectively, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Early Popular Visual Culture, and Reflexion (Taiwan). An article on the digital snow in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster is forthcoming in Journal of Chinese Cinemas.
With Katerina Korola and Zain Jamshaid, he co-organized the 2016 CMS graduate conference, devoted to slow aesthetics and the moving image. He has also curated several screenings on campus, including the first public screening of Benjamin Brodsky’s A Trip Through China in the US since 1919.