Director, M.A. Program
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1986
Ph.D., Yale University, 1997
Stokes Hall S479
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467
Christina Klein’s interdisciplinary and transnational research focuses on America’s cultural encounters with Asia during the Cold War. She earned her BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan and her PhD in American Studies from Yale. She teaches courses in American Studies methodology, Korean and contemporary Asian cinemas, Hollywood film, and American immigrant fictions. She is a member of the American Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Film Studies faculty.
Her first book, Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945–1961 (2003), examines popular American representations of Asia in relation to U.S. foreign policy. Her current project, Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style and Public Culture in 1950s Korean Cinema, explores the impact of the U.S. military presence and American cultural diplomacy efforts on postwar Korean film style, with a focus on the work of Han Hyung-mo. Her articles and reviews have been published in academic journals in numerous disciplines.
Prof. Klein regularly shares her research with audiences beyond the academy. Her critical journalism on contemporary cinema has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Herald, and the Calcutta Telegraph. She has presented workshops on Cold War history for high school teachers via the National Humanities Center and the Chicago Humanities Council, and delivered public lectures on Asian cinema at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has discussed martial arts films and Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals on BBC radio, Chicago Public Radio, and Canadian radio.
Prof. Klein was awarded fellowships from Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002. She was the Mitsui Career Development Professor at MIT (2003-2005), where she taught before coming to Boston College. She is a member of the “Beyond the Korean War Project” (2011-2016), an international cultural history research project that is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and hosted at Cambridge University.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “The AFKN Nexus: U.S. Military Broadcasting and New Korean Cinema,” Transnational Cinemas 3.1 (2012): 19-39.
- "The American Horror Film? Globalization and Transnational U.S.-Asian Genres," chapter in edited collection American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium, ed. Steffen Hantke, (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2010).
- "Why American Studies Needs to Think About Korean Cinema, or Transnational Genres in the Films of Bong Joon-ho," American Quarterly 60.4 (2008): 871-898.
- "Kung Fu Hustle: Transnational Production and the Global Chinese-Language Film,"Journal of Chinese Cinemas 1.3 (2007) 189-208.
- "Martial Arts and the Globalization of U.S. and Asian Film Industries," Comparative American Studies 2.3 (2004) 360-384.
- “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Diasporic Reading,” Cinema Journal, 43.4 (2004): 18-42.
- “Transnational Conversations: A Web Pedagogy,” with Jeffrey Partridge, Academic Exchange Quarterly 7.1 (Spring 2003): 282-286.
- "The King and I: Modernization as Cultural Transformation," in Staging Growth:Modernization, Development, and the Globalization of the Cold War, eds. David Engerman, Nils Gilman, Mark Haefele, Michael Latham. (University of Massachusetts Press, 2003): 129-162.
- "The Sentimental Culture of Global Integration," the minnesota review No. 55-57 (2002): 153-166.
- "Family Ties and Political Obligation: The Discourse of Adoption and the Cold War Commitment to Asia," Cold War Constructions: The Political Culture of United States Imperialism, 1945-1964, ed. Christian Appy. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000): 35-66.
- "Syudan Anzenhosho no Kuwadate: Reisen no Sokan tositeno Osama to Watashi," (Japanese translation of "'Shall We Dance?': Staging Collective Security") Doshisha Amerika Kenkyu / Doshisha American Studies No. 34 (1998): 91-98. (Published by the Center for American Studies at Doshisha University, Japan)
- "'Everything of interest in the late Pine Ridge War are held by us for sale': Popular Culture and Wounded Knee," Western Historical Quarterly 25.1 (1994): 45-68.
Publications – Critical Journalism
- “Is ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ Un-American?” Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2005.
- "'Copywood' No Longer," YaleGlobal Online, published by the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, October 12, 2004; reprinted South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).
- "Why Does Hollywood Dominate US Cinemas?," YaleGlobal Online, August 17, 2004; reprinted International Herald Tribune; South China Morning Post (Hong Kong); Statesman (Calcutta, India).
- "The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood," YaleGlobal Online, April 30, 2004; reprintedSingapore Straits Times (Singapore); Korea Herald (Seoul); Outlook (India).
- "The Asia Factor in Global Hollywood," YaleGlobal Online, March 2003; reprinted The Telegraph (Calcutta, India).
- “When Chinese Martial Arts Flies Through the Global Box Office,” YaleGlobal Online, December 2002; reprinted South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).
Publications – Book Reviews
- Review of Scott Laderman, Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory, inSojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 26.1 (2011) (Singapore); (online publication, H-Diplo, 2010)
- Review of Hollywood Chinese, in Journal of American History 97.1, June 2010
- Review of Antoinette Burton, The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau, in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 9.2 (2008).
- Review of Karen J. Leong, The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism, in Journal of American History 93.1 (2006): 261.
- Review of Yale Richmond, Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain, in American Studies 45.1 (2004): 168-169.
- Review of Melani McAlister, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000, in Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres No. 18 (2003): 345-349.
- Review of Toby Miller et al., Global Hollywood and Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media, in American Literature 75.2 (2003): 456-458.
"Transnational U.S.-Asian Cinema: The Case of Tekkon Kinkreet," Comparative Media Studies Program, MIT
“Symposium & Retrospective: Ang Lee and the Art of Transnational Cinema,” Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
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