• Drawing on policy analysis, firsthand interviews, and site visits, Hollywood Made in China ​reveals how US commercial media is being transformed by the Chinese market.

  • Book Events

    Meet the author and learn more about Hollywood Made in China

    May 7 , 2018

    Tokyo, Japan


    Waseda University



    May 2 , 2018

    Hong Kong, China

    4:00 - 5:30 pm

    Chinese University of Hong Kong


    March 19, 2018

    Philadelphia, PA

    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    University of Pennsylvania

    Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

    Center for the Study of Contemporary China

    3620 Walnut Street

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    February 26, 2018

    Ithaca, NY

    4:30 pm

    Cornell University

    Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

    Kaufman Auditorium

    Ithaca, NY 14853

    Video here.

    February 7, 2017

    Denver, CO

    12:00 - 1:30 pm

    Center for US-China Cooperation

    University of Denver

    Josef Korbel

    School of International Relations

    SIE Complex - 5th Floor - Maglione Hall
    2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208


    February 27, 2017

    New York, NY


    National Committee on US-China Relations

    6 E. 43rd St., 24th Floor

    New York, NY 10017

    Video here.

    March 6, 2017

    Washington, DC

    10:00-11:15 am

    Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

    Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor

    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
    One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20004-3027

    Video here.

    March 7, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    8-9:30 pm

    University of Virginia Alumni Entertainment Club of Los Angeles

    Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

    Conference Room 4A

    2000 Avenue of the Stars

    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    March 8, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    5:00-7:00 PM

    Cinema and Media Studies Colloquium

    School of Theater, Film and Television

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Darren Star Theater

    Melnitz Hall 1422

    March 9, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    4:00pm to 5:30 pm

    US-China Institute

    Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    University of Southern California

    Books will be available for sale

    Video here

    March 17, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    4:00-6:00 pm

    Toronto Film and Media Seminar

    TIFF Bell Lightbox

    350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

    March 18, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    3:00-5:00 pm

    Media in Motion: Chinese Creative Content in Global Context

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting

    Willow West, Mezzanine

    Sheraton Centre

    March 25, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    11:00-12:45 am

    Envisioning Global Media Industries in the Era of China's Rise

    Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting

    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

    March 27, 2017

    Washington, DC

    2-3:15 pm

    China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Precedents and Comparisons

    Stimson Center

    Washington, DC

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    April 7, 2017

    Minneapolis, MN

    1-2:30 pm

    Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and

    Moving Image Colloquium

    University of Minnesota

    More information available here.

    April 12, 2017

    Durham, NC

    7:00 pm

    Duke University

    Fuqua School of Business


    April 18, 2017

    Carlisle, PA

    7:00 pm

    Clarke Forum Keynote Speech

    Dickinson College

    Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

    Learn more here!


    April 20, 2017

    Williamsburg, VA

    2-3:20 pm/5-6:20 pm

    Chinese Studies Lectures

    College of William and Mary

    Wilson Hall 201 More information available here.


    April 22, 2017

    Providence, RI

    Brown University China Summit

    Providence, Rhode Island

    Register here.

    May 2017

    San Diego, CA

    International Communication Association Annual Meeting


    October 26, 2017

    Oxford, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Oxford Center for Chinese Studies Colloquium


    China Centre Lecture Theatre

    University of Oxford

    October 24, 2017

    Nottingham, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Institute for Screen Industries Research and China Policy Institute

    University of Nottingham


    October 25, 2017

    London, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Culture, Media and Creative Industries Seminar

    16.00-18.00 hrs

    S-2.23 Strand Building

    King's College, London

    October 25, 2017

    London, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Culture, Media and Creative Industries Seminar

    16.00-18.00 hrs

    S-2.23 Strand Building

    King's College, London

    November 17, 2017

    Minneapolis, MN

    Hollywood Made in China

    University of Minnesota

    February 6, 2018

    Chicago, IL

    Paulson Institute

    University of Chicago

    February , 2018

    Houston, TX

    Baker Institute of Public Policy

    Rice University


  • Media

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    Grounds on the Go

    October 5, 2016

    Charlottesville, Va

    Aynne Kokas on CCTV America

    November 2, 2016

    Aynne Kokas on The Coy Barefoot Program on PBS

    November 2, 2016

  • Biography


    I write about Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. My book Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) focuses on film and media collaboration between China and Hollywood. The project was based on field work supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Shanghai Institute of International Studies.

    I am always interested in discussing ways that I can contribute my expertise on Sino-U.S. media and technology relations for either industry or academic projects.


    Find a current version of my CV here.


  • Articles

    Contact me for copies

    We constructed an "Air Discussion Index" to estimate daily particulate matter counts based upon Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) content.


    Tao Zhu, Aynne Kokas, Rui Zhang, Dan Cohan, and Dan Wallach PLOS ONE 11(9) 2016

    “Freedom Edition”: Considering Sony Pictures and The Interview

    Led by Joshua Braun, we convened a dialogue in response to the recent public and media discourse surrounding the security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment and its film, The Interview focusing on North Korea, cybersecurity, and digital distribution.


    Aynne Kokas, Chuck Tryon, Hugh Gusterson, and Joshua Braun  Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 60 (4) 2016

    Predicting Volatility Between China and Hollywood

    Here I argue that the comparative fragmentation of media regulatory power in the US, despite long benefiting Hollywood studios, makes them susceptible to Chinese government efforts to expand media soft power.


    Aynne Kokas, Global Media and Communication, forthcoming 2017



    Kissinger Institute on China and the United States -- Wilson Center


    May 2017 – Present

    Examine the cybersecurity policy implications of the Sino-US data trade


    Council on Foreign Relations

    Term Member 

    Jun 2016 – Present

    Member of program designed to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders


    University of Virginia

    Assistant Professor of Media Studies 

    Aug 2014 – Present

    Research, write and teach about collaborations between Chinese and American media and technology corporations


    James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy -- Rice University

    Non-resident Scholar in Chinese Media 

    Aug 2014 – Present

    Conduct policy research on Sino-US media and technology collaborations for Baker Institute China Studies Program

  • Select Print Media Coverage

    United States

    Pacific Standard lauds Hollywood Made in China for jointly mapping "the business of culture, and the culture of business."


    I spoke with NBC News about some of the challenges being posed by China's growing media influence.


    In conjunction with other Chinese media scholars, I discuss the long-term prospects for Chinese investment in Hollywood on ChinaFile.


    As part of an article by Public Radio International, I explain how China is using its economic leverage to shape Hollywood filmmaking.

    Asia-Pacific Region

    I was able to share my work with Japanese readers when Business Insider Japan published an excerpt of Hollywood Made in China translated from the US edition.


    Indonesian paper Tirto also quoted me the relationship between China and Hollywood in an article examining its implications for Southeast Asia.


    Apple Daily in Hong Kong and Taiwan covered my talk at the National Committee on US-China Relations, writing about the ways in which Hollywood changes for China.

    Europe and Latin America

    The Financial Times drew on arguments from Hollywood Made in China when analyzing Dalian Wanda's growth in the newspaper's English and Chinese versions.


    Medium Italia translated and published my comments on the significance of China's first USD 150 million budget film.

  • Select Radio and Television Coverage



    • I spoke to Squawk Box on CNBC about US-China film quota negotiations.
    • CCTV interviewed me about the US-China Film Summit and China's film ambitions.
    • PBS' Coy Barefoot Show profiled Hollywood Made in China and explored China's global role.

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  • Awards and Recognition

    Hollywood Made in China was selected as a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Awards. Less than 3% of 1600 books were selected for the honor.