Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities is the first book to reflect on the power of film in representing medical and health discourse in China in both the past and the present, as well as in shaping its future.

Drawing on both feature and documentary films from mainland China, the chapters each engage with the field of medicine through the visual arts. They cover themes such as the history of doctors and their concepts of disease and therapies, understanding the patient experience of illness and death, and establishing empathy and compassion in medical practice, as well as the HIV/AIDs epidemic during the 1980s and 90s and changing attitudes towards disability. Inherently interdisciplinary in nature, the contributors therefore provide different perspectives from the fields of history, psychiatry, film studies, anthropology, linguistics, public health and occupational therapy, as they relate to China and people who identify as Chinese. Their combined approaches are united by a passion for improving the cross-cultural understanding of the body and ultimately healthcare itself.

A key resource for educators in the Medical Humanities, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Chinese Studies and Film Studies as well as global health, medical anthropology and medical history.

chapter |8 pages


ByVivienne Lo, Chris Berry, Guo Liping
Size: 0.44 MB

part 1|72 pages

Cross-cultural histories of the body and its care

chapter 1|24 pages

Dead or alive?

Martial arts and the forensic gaze
ByVivienne Lo
Size: 1.15 MB

chapter 2|19 pages

How to be a good Maoist doctor

An Ode to the Silver Needle under a Shadowless Lamp (1974)
ByLeon Antonio Rocha
Size: 1.13 MB

chapter 3|12 pages

Self-care, Yangsheng, and mutual aid in Zhang Yang’s Shower (1999) 1

ByMichael J. Clark
Size: 0.50 MB

chapter 4|15 pages

Sentiments like water

Unsettling pathologies of homosexual and sadomasochistic desire
ByDerek Hird
Size: 0.48 MB

part 2|51 pages

Film and the public sphere

chapter 5|24 pages

The fever with no name

Genre-blending responses to the HIV-tainted blood scandal in 1990s China
ByMarta Hanson
Size: 0.57 MB

chapter 6|8 pages

Fortune Teller

The visible and the invisible
ByLili Lai
Size: 0.46 MB

chapter 7|17 pages

Longing for the Rain

Journeys into the dislocated female body of urban China
ByVivienne Lo, Nashuyuan Serenity Wang, Chen Jiahe, Ge Yunjiao, Li Weijia, Liu Hanwen, George Yao, Yang Qihua, Yang Xingyue, Yang Yi, Zhou Dangwei
Size: 0.64 MB

part 3|41 pages

Improving the education and training of health professionals

chapter 8|11 pages

The gigantic black citadel

Design of Death and medical humanities pedagogy in China
ByGuo Liping
Size: 0.45 MB

chapter 9|11 pages

Blind Massage

Sense and sensuality
ByChris Berry
Size: 0.48 MB

chapter 10|17 pages

Cinemeducation and disability

An undergraduate special study module for medical students in China
ByDaniel Vuillermin
Size: 0.52 MB

part 4|67 pages

Transforming self-health care in the digital age

chapter 11|11 pages

Raising awareness about anti-microbial resistance

A nationwide video and arts competition for Chinese university students using social media
ByTherese Hesketh, Zhou Xudong, Wang Xiaomin
Size: 0.67 MB

chapter 12|17 pages

Queer comrades

Digital video documentary and LGBTQ health activism in China
ByHongwei Bao
Size: 0.56 MB

chapter 13|21 pages

Recovering from mental illness and suicidal behaviour in a culturally diverse context

The use of digital storytelling in cross-cultural medical humanities and mental health
ByErminia Colucci, Susan McDonough
Size: 0.70 MB

chapter 14|16 pages

Food-related Yangsheng short videos among the retired population in Shanghai

ByXinyuan Wang, Vivienne Lo
Size: 1.02 MB