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Hello and welcome to the American Studies Programme at The University of Hong Kong!

As a Major or Minor in the Programme, you will develop an understanding of the United States in a global context and appreciate how contemporary popular culture grows out of important historical events of the distance and recent past. By nature, the Programme's courses are interdisciplinary and include films, history, law, literature, politics and the visual arts. Through the study of America's multicultural energy, students learn about more than the United States-- students also grow to understand general concepts of nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, and print culture as well as theories of class, gender, race, and sexuality. We will encourage you to become a confident interpreter of the world who analyzes with care and rigor the various modes of communication, from novels, poetry, photography and movies, to legal documents, news magazines, televsion shows, and the internet. The curriculum also includes an intensive field trip to the United States during the summer.

Most of all, the American Studies Programme offers a vibrant and exciting experience with dedicated faculty who are deeply committed to excellent teaching and scholarship. With courses that are challenging but fun and friendly, the professors will encourage you to develop excellent skills of analysis and communication that will enable you to have a strong and successful professional life.

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News & Events

7 May 2019 (Tuesday)

Neoliberalism and its Discontents: Three Decades of Chilean Women’s Poetry (1980-2010); 1980s Focus.

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Room 5.41, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU


6 May 2019 (Monday)

‘Era mejor cuando éramos ilegales – it was better when we were illegals’ Indigenous people, the State and ‘public interest’ indigenous radio stations in Colombia

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU



- | Rethinking America's Past: Voices from the Kinsey African American Artand History Collection |
Edited by Tim Gruenewald (University of Cincinnati Press, 2019)
- | Imperial Benevolence: U.S. Foreign Policy and American Popular Culture Since 9/11 |
Edited by Tim Gruenewald and Scott Laderman (University of California Press, 2018)
- | Cinematic Currents between China and the US |
Edited by Tim Gruenewald and George Wang (Asian Cinema Journal, 29.1, 2018)

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