• 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.


    Finalist, Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Awards, award for thought-provoking independent and academic titles. Less than 3% of 1600 books submitted are selected as finalists. The book is still under consideration for the final prize.


    Hollywood Made in China was reviewed and/or featured in media in 45 countries and ten languages from its publication to the present.

  • Book Events

    Meet the author and learn more about Hollywood Made in China

    July, 2018

    San Diego, CA


    Pacific Arts Movement ​

    (Non-profit arm of San Diego Asian American Film Festival)

    May 7 , 2018

    Tokyo, Japan


    Waseda University

    1 Chome-104 Totsukamachi

    Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050

    May 2 , 2018

    Hong Kong, China

    4:00 - 5:30 pm

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

    The People's Republic of China

    April 24, 2018

    Washington, DC

    7:00 - 9:00 pm

    Hill Center

    921 Pennsylvania Ave SE

    Washington, DC 20003

    March 18, 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 6, 2018

    Chicago, IL

    Paulson Institute

    University of Chicago

    November 17, 2017

    Minneapolis, MN

    Hollywood Made in China

    University of Minnesota

    October 26, 2017

    Oxford, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Oxford Center for Chinese Studies Colloquium


    China Centre Lecture Theatre

    University of Oxford

    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 24, 2017

    Nottingham, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Institute for Screen Industries Research and China Policy Institute

    University of Nottingham

    October 12, 2017

    Washington, DC

    Georgetown Institute for Global History

    Georgetown University

    37th and O Streets, N.W.

    Washington D.C. 20057


    August 23, 2017


    4:15 - 5:15 pm

    School of Communication
    National University of Singapore
    Blk AS6, #03-41
    CNM Meeting Room


    June 7, 2017

    Washington, DC

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    1401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20230


    May 2017

    San Diego, CA

    International Communication Association Annual Meeting


    May 17, 2017

    Washington, DC

    DACOR Bacon House Foundation Newberry Lecture


    April 22, 2017

    Providence, RI

    Brown University China Summit

    Providence, Rhode Island

    Register 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 18, 2017

    Carlisle, PA

    7:00 pm

    Clarke Forum Keynote Speech

    Dickinson College

    Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

    Learn more here!


    April 12, 2017

    Durham, NC

    7:00 pm

    Duke University

    Fuqua School of Business


    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.

    March 27, 2017

    Washington, DC

    2-3:15 pm

    China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Precedents and Comparisons

    Stimson Center

    Washington, DC

    RSVP here

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

    February 27, 2017

    New York, NY


    National Committee on US-China Relations

    6 E. 43rd St., 24th Floor

    New York, NY 10017

    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


  • Media

    Hollywood Made in China @

    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.




    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

  • Reviews

  • Features


    Ba, T. (2018, March 22). Ná»™i tình ná»— lá»±c tuyệt vá»�ng chiáo¿m lÄ©nh thị trÆ°á»�ng Trung Quốc của Hollywood - Quái váo­t Ä‘iện áo£nh | quaivatdienanh.com.


    Birtles, B. (2018). China’s new breed of patriotic hero on the big screen reflects rise of a superpower.


    Corporation, A. B. (2018, February 11). China’s new breed of patriotic hero on the big screen reflects rise of a superpower.


    Economy, E. (n.d.). Podcast: Hollywood Made in China.


    Frater, B. L. P. (2018, March 29). China Film Quota Talks Could Be a Casualty in Trump’s Trade War.


    He, A. (2017, June 9). China to be No. 1 film box office by 2021, report says - USA - Chinadaily.com.cn. China Daily USA.


    Khoa, Đ. (2017). Hè 2017: Một mùa hè bom tấn đáng thất vọng.


    Lang, B. (2017, June 27). China Box Office Audit: Why Hollywood Needed to Get Tough.


    Mannepalli, A. (2017, July 8). Bollywood Conquers China? Not Quite. The Diplomat.


    March 27 - Countries Join the UK in Expelling Russian Spies; Will Hollywood Cave to Demands By Chinese Censors?; Repeal the Second Amendment? | Background Briefing with Ian Masters. (2018). WPFK Los Angeles/WBAI New York.


    McCann, C. (Ed.). (2018). 011 Aynne Kokas: Hollywood Made In China - The China-Hollywood Greenlight. The China-Hollywood Greenlight.


    Meyers, J. K. J. (2017, June 24). Chinese authorities put the brakes on a surge in live streaming.


    Li, A. J. (2017, August 7). Money alone can’t build China a thriving film industry. South China Morning Post.


    Tones, J. (2017). Las 13 películas más taquilleras de la historia de China que están cambiando Hollywood para siempre. Magnet.


    Zhong, R. (2018, April 1). When “America First” meets China’s “National Rejuvenation” | TheHill.


    Zing, T. (2018, March 30). Khi Hollywood nỗ lực l� m phim cho người Trung Quốc xem.


    参考消息网. (2018). 外媒称中国利用好莱坞发展国产电影:未来银幕主角将是中国人.


    国家新闻出版广电总局. (2018). 为在新谈判中争取更高分账比 好莱坞将审计在华票房.


    查尔斯•克洛弗马修•加拉汉; (2018, January 5). 中国对好莱坞失去兴趣的背后. 《金融时报》.

  • 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,Predicting Volatility Between China and Hollywood: Using Network Management to Understand Sino-US Film Collaboration, Global Media and Communication, Advance Online Publication, https://doi.org/10.1177/1742766518759797

    The Market, the Media, and the State in Asia

    Kingston, Jeff, Nguyen Thu Giang, K., Aynne Kokas, K. Anis Ahmed, and Tyrell Habercorn. “The Market, the Media, and the State in Asia,” Journal of Asian Studies, Accepted. Forthcoming November 2018.

  • Popular Publications

    U.S. Responses to Chinese Influence Operations in the United States: Hearing before the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, House of Representatives, 115th Cong. (2018) (Testimony of Aynne Kokas).

  • Grants and Fellowships

    • 2019-2020 National Endowment of Humanities Fellow
    • 2019-2020 Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress
    • 2019-2021 Abe Fellow
    • 2018-2019 Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures Mellon Fellowship
    • National Committee on US-China Relations Congressional Liaison in Media and Technology (to lead a group of Congressional staffers on a delegation to China to examine the Chinese media and technology industries in August 2018)
    • National Endowment of Humanities Object Lessons Fellowship
    • Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars 
  • 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.
  • Upcoming Events

    “Border Patrol on the Digital Frontier: The United States, China, and the Global Battle for Data Security,” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, May 14.


    “Platform Patrol: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security,” Asian Media Industries Conference, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, May 3-4.

    Panels Chaired

    “Power, Resistance, Professionalism, and Internationalization in China's Media Industries,” International Communication Association Annual Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28.

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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.


    Hollywood Made in China was reviewed and/or featured in media in 45 countries and ten languages from its publication to the present.


    Hollywood Made in China was named Best General Non-Fiction Book at the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


    Hollywood Made in China was chosen as Best Scholarly Monograph at the Chinese American Librarian Association.


    Hollywood in China was a finalist for the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Award.



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