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RUBY YANG 楊紫燁
Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Ruby Yang is a noted Hong Kong born filmmaker whose work in documentary and dramatic film has earned her an Academy Award, two further Academy nominations, Emmy nominations, and numerous other international awards including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, and the Global Health Council Media Award. Yang lived and worked in San Francisco for many years, relocated to Beijing in 2004, and now lives in Hong Kong and Hawaii.
In Beijing, she directed a trilogy of short documentary films about modern China including The Blood of Yingzhou District, which won an Oscar in 2007, The Warriors of Qiugang, which received an Academy nomination for best documentary short in 2011, and Tongzhi in Love, which was short-listed in the same category in 2008.
Prior to her work in Beijing, Yang directed Citizen Hong Kong (1999), China 21 (2002), and A Moment in Time (2009). Yang has also edited many award-winning films, including Joan Chen’s Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl and Bill Moyers’ Becoming American - the Chinese Experience.
Her feature documentary My Voice, My Life was named one of “Hong Kong’s five most notable films of 2014” by the Wall Street Journal. Her 2016 documentary In Search of Perfect Consonance received the Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Sedona International Film Festival. Her 2018 mid-length documentary Ritoma follows the nomads of the Amdo region as they navigate the collision of tradition and modernity.
She was appointed by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) as Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities from 2013 to 2021 and has been teaching master-level documentary course for the students at HKU JMSC since 2013. She founded the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative at HKU, aiming to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region.
In 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Fellow by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In May 2019, she received the Artist of the Year in Film at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards. Yang is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A complete listing of her films is on IMDB.