Associate Professor Center for the Social Sciences

Dr ZHANG Jinghong completed her PhD in anthropology at the Australian National University (ANU), and then a postdoctoral fellow at ANU's Australian Centre on China in the World before commencing her position at the Southern University of Science and Technology in China in August 2017. Dr Zhang's main research areas include anthropology of food and visual anthropology. Following the supply chain of tea and other relevant commodities from production, trade to consumption, and from China to East Asia and the West, she explores the social life of things and people, the interaction between globalization and localization, identity construction, cultural senses and sensations, and the integration of image and text. Her first monograph "Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic" (University of Washington Press) was awarded the Best Book in Social Sciences from 2013 to 2015 by the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS).


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1. Social and cultural anthropology (anthropology of food, material culture, cross-culture identity)

2. Visual anthropology (history; ethnographic filmmaking; integration of images and texts; anthropology of senses)

3. Areas: Yunnan, Guangdong, Taiwan, Australia


1. Understanding and Making Documentary Films (The history of world and Chinese documentary films; the mechanism of documentary production)

2. Basic Skills of Filming and Editing (The practice of making observational films, from shooting to editing)

3. Consumption Culture and Contemporary Society (The supply chain of commodity goods and their co-evolement with social change)

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2014. Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press.


2019. “工夫茶遗产的边缘化和游动性”. 遗产 (1): 293-311. 南京:南京大学出版社

2019. “‘丢失的味觉’?人类学拍摄的感官迷失与探索”,南艺学报 (18): 1-20.

2018. “Rituals, discourses, and realities: serious wine and tea tasting in contemporary China”. Journal of Consumer Culture. Published on 4 May.

2018. “A Transnational flow of art of tea: the paradox of cultural authenticity in Taiwan”. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 19 (1): 1-18.

2018. “合作、遊戏、观看与反思:关于露天流动电影放映的观察式拍摄与反思”. 广西民族大学学报(哲学社会科学版) 40 (5): 32-41.

2017. “Tasting tea and filming tea: the engaged sensory experience of the filmmaker”. Visual Anthropology Review 33 (2): 142-152.

2017. “茶会和葡萄酒会:中国当代消費之社会政治论述初探”. 中国饮食文化. 13 (1): 75-119.

2016. “流动、聚合与区隔:台湾茶艺发展中的矛盾和动力”.台湾人类学刊. 14 (1): 55-87.

2016. “重构的正宗性: 普洱茶跨时空的“风土”. 广西民族大学学报(哲学社会科学版). 48 (4): 22-33.

2015. “Losses and gains to the anthropological soul”, The Newsletter no.72 Autumn: 31, Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies.

2014. “两次参与式教学的实践与反思”, 影视人类学论坛. , no. 4: 17-22.

2012. “In between ‘the raw’ and ‘the cooked’: the cultural speculation and debate on Puer tea in contemporary China”, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Spring/Summer, vol. XIV, no.1 & 2: 44-52

2012. “The interaction between visual and written ethnography in subtitling”, Visual Anthropology, 25 (5): 439-449.

2010. “正山茶的悔憾:從易武鄉的變遷看普洱茶價值的建構歷程”.中國飲食文化. 6 (2):103-144.

2010. “Multiple visions of authenticity: Puer tea consumption in Yunnan and other places”, Journal of Chinese Dietary Culture, 6 (1): 63-106

2004. “田野合作中的期待:怒江茶马古道上的一次影视纪录分析”,民族艺术研究. 3: 69-76.

2004. “神话的不完美崇拜”. 云南社会科学. 3: 134-136.

2003. “神话发展中的理性思维”, 玉溪师范学院学报. , no. 5: 48-50.


2016. 国家戏剧:埃及的电视政治, 北京:商务印书馆. First translator, with Jianbin Guo, translated from Lila Abu-Lughod, Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt, 2005, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.


2015. Wine-tasting Chinese Tourists in Australia’, The China Story Journal, Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, 4 May.

2012. No good buttered tea, no good work’, New Mandala, 30 September.

2008. Puer tea: store with care’, New Mandala, 10 June.

2006. Tea is a serious business, New Mandala, 14 July.


2016. A Screening Journey, 60 minutes, Beijng: Minzu yinxiang chubanshe.

2014. Puer Tea series (7 films), 162 minutes, University of Washington Press.

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