Ying Qian received a PhD in Chinese literature and cinema from Harvard University in 2013. She teaches cinema, visual culture, and critical media studies in China and East Asia, and her research interests include film and media theories and practices, documentary cinema in comparative perspectives, and global histories and imaginaries of revolution, socialism and postsocialism. She is completing a book manuscript entitled Visionary Realities: Documentary Cinema in Revolutionary China, which studies documentary aesthetics and epistemology in China’s 20th century, and uses documentary as a prism to investigate intertwined histories of media practice, industrial modernity and revolutionary politics.