James Wicks, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, & Languages
Professor of Literature and Film Studies

James Wicks, Professor of Film Studies & Literature and Department Chair, grew up in Taiwan and teaches World Cinema, Postcolonial Literature, and Chinese (Mandarin, Year 1 & 2) in San Diego, California. His Ph.D. in Literature (Cultural Studies section), with an emphasis on Chinese Cinema, was received from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. He has written two books: Transnational Representations: The State of Taiwan Film in the 1960s and 1970s (HKUP, 2014) and An Annotated Bibliography of Taiwan Film Studies (Columbia UP, April 2016) co-authored with Columbia University librarians Jim Cheng and Sachie Noguchi.


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 
  • M.A., Oregon State University 
  • B.A., Oregon State University

Courses Taught

  • World Cinema, LIT 3051
  • Literary & Film Theory, LIT 4095
  • Postcolonial Classics and Theory, LIT 4048
  • World Cinema Auteurs: Kurosawa, Bergman, Scorsese COM 4090
  • Film Adaptation, LIT 2000
  • Sundance Film Festival, COM 4090
  • 1st and 2nd Year Chinese (Mandarin), CHN 1001 & 1002
  • World Literature, LIT 3050
  • World Drama and Poetry, LIT 3061
  • Introduction to the Study of Literature, LIT 2050
  • Ancient and Medieval Literatures, LIT 2052

Experience in Field

  • Associate Professor of Literature and Film Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University, September 2009 – present

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Film Presenter: San Diego Asian Film Festival: Nov. 9 – 11 2013, Nov. 7 – 9 2014, Nov. 6 – 8, 2015, Nov. 5 – 6, 2016
  • Co-organizer: San Diego Asian Film Festival, Taiwan Film Showcase. Nov. 2 – 4, 2012
  • Co-organizer: UCSD Taiwan Film Festival, Presented by the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, May 4 – 8, 2009

Awards and Honors

  • Taiwan Ministry of Education “2011 Faculty Research Grant for Taiwan Studies Scheme” Recipient, 2011
  • Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, 2009 – 2010

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Transnational Representations: The State of Taiwan Film in the 1960s and 1970s. Hong Kong University Press, 2014.
  • An Annotated Bibliography of Taiwan Film Studies. Co-authored with Jim Cheng & Sachie Noguchi. Columbia University Press, 2016.
  • “Love in the Time of Industrialization: Representations of Nature in Li Hanxiang’s The Winter (1969).” In Journal of Taiwan Literary Studies 17 (2013): 81-102.
  • “Gender Negotiation in Song Cunshou’s Story of Mother and Taiwan Cinema of the Early 1970s.” In A Companion to Chinese Cinema, ed. Yingjin Zhang (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 118-132.
  • “Projecting a State That Does Not Exist: Bai Jingrui’s Jia zai Taibei/ Home Sweet Home” In Journal of Chinese Cinemas 4 (2010): 15-26.
  • “Two Stage Brothers: Tracing a Common Heritage in Early Films by Xie Jin and Li Xing.” In Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 21 (2009): 174-212.
  • “The Antithesis of What We Might Expect”: Viewing The Assassin in the New Punk Cinema Tradition.” June 29, 2016. Academia Sinica, Taipei.
  • “Recent Taiwan Films: Currencies & Circulations.” Symposium: “Taiwan Cinema: Yesterday and Today” & Book Release: An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies. April 21, 2016. Columbia University, New York.
  • “Sympathetic Portrayals in a Sea of Anti-Japanese War Films: Café Lumière and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles” Association for Asian Studies Conference. April 1, 2016, Seattle.
  • “A State of Transition in Taiwan: Bai Jingrui’s Home Sweet Home (Bai, 1970).” 2015 Literature and Film Festival of Southern California, Literature and Heritage Series no.4: “When The East Meets the West :Taiwan Film in Retrospect.” May 1, 2015. University of Southern California, Los Angeles.