Brian Yecies - TAEMAssociate Professor Brian Yecies

B.S. Marketing, MA. Journalism, MA Media Arts, PhD Cinema Studies

Location: 25.G05A
Phone: 0242 214076

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Originally from Arizona, Dr. Yecies has over 20 years’ experience teaching and researching Asia’s transnational film and digital media industries and cultural policy. He has links with a range of organizations, practitioners and academics, and is committed to cooperative learning and research. He is the author of the books: Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948 (2011), and The Changing Face of Korean Cinema, 1960-2015 (2016) — both with Ae-Gyung Shim. He is also a chief investigator on the 2017-19 Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Digital China: From Cultural Presence to Innovative Nation’.

International collaborations supported by research grants from the Korea Foundation, Australia–Korea Foundation, Academy of Korean Studies and Asia Research Fund have facilitated the publication of numerous book chapters, including: Willing Collaborators: Refashioning Content for the Chinese Media Market (forthcoming); Reconceptualising Film Policies (2017); The Handbook of China’s Cultural and Creative Industries (2016); Reviews on the International Cultural Markets (2016, Beijing Capital University of Economics and Business); Film Marketing into the Twenty-First Century (2015); and Creative Media in China (2014, China Social Sciences Academic Press). (See the full list of publications here.)

Dr. Yecies was a chief investigator on the 2014 ARC DP ‘Willing collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production’; 2015 UoW Global Challenges initiative ‘Creative Responses to the Broadband-Empowered Digital Economy: Modelling Innovation in Korea’; and 2016 Council for Australian–Arab Relations study ‘Networking Women Entrepreneurs in Sydney and Dubai’.

Potential topics for HDR and Honours Supervision

  • Transnational and Diasporic Film and Media Industries
  • Digital Cultures and Digital Disruption
  • Media and Cultural Policy
  • Social Media and Audience Research
  • Practice-based Cinema and Media Research
  • International Film and Digital Media Co-production and Collaboration

Research Specialisation

Brian's research interests include: contemporary Asian film genres and industry trends; the history of Hollywood in Asia; the coming of sound (1893-1937) to Austral-Asia; film and cultural policy in colonial Korea; the digital wave in China and South Korea’s cultural industries.

Research Projects

  • Showcasing Past, Present and Future Links Between the Australian and Korean Film Industries: Australia-Korea Foundation 2010-2011 Research/Book Project
  • Korean Cinema Challenges: Transformation of Planet Hallyuwood in a Post- Golden Age (Funded by a Advanced Research Grant from the Korea Foundation)
  • Exploring the Uniqueness and Complexity of Korea’s National Film Industry (Funded by a Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation)
  • Film Policies in Korea During Japanese Colonial Rule, 1910-1945
  • The Coming of Sound to the Korean Cinema, 1929-1939
  • Discovering Negotiated Spaces of Cultural Expression: Examining Japanese Empire Archives
  • Origin and Development of Korea's Screen Quota System: Hollywood's Actions and Reactions (Funded by the Asia Research Fund)
  • Spotlight on the Global Popularity of the New Korean Cinema-Hallyuwood (Conference Panel Funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation)

Recent Publications


  • M. Keane, B. Yecies and T. Flew (Eds.) (forthcoming). Willing Collaborators: Foreign Partners in Chinese Media. Media, Culture and Communication in Asia-Pacific Societies Series, T. Lee and S. Leong (eds.). London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • B. Yecies and A. Shim. 2016. The Changing Face of Korean Cinema, 1960-2015. Routledge Asia’s Transformations series. New York: Routledge.
  • B. Yecies and A. Shim. 2011. Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948. Routledge Advances in Film Studies. New York: Routledge. (Supported by a 2010 Academy of Korean Studies - SIKS Publication Grant).

Guest Editor - Special Refereed Journal Issues

  • B. Yecies, M. Keane and T. Flew. 2016. ‘Willing collaborators: Negotiating Change in East Asian Media Production’. Media International Australia No. 159.
  • B. Yecies and A. Shim. 2011. ‘Contemporary Korean Cinema: Challenges and the Transformation of Planet Hallyuwood’. Acta Koreana 1:1.
  • B. Yecies, B. Goldsmith and KS. Lee. 2011. ‘Riding the Korean Digital Wave’. Media International Australia No. 141.

Book Chapters

  • Yecies, B. (2016). ‘South Korea’s International Culture Markets and the Rising New Creative Economy’. Reviews on the international cultural markets, Beijing: Capital University of Economics and Business Publishers, pp. 123-139.
  • Yecies, B. (2016). ‘Chinese Transnational Cinema and the Collaborative Tilt Toward South Korea’. In M. Keane (ed.) The Handbook of China’s Cultural and Creative Industries. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 226-244.
  • Yecies, B., J. Yang, M. Berryman, A. Shim, and K. Soh. (2015). ‘Korean Female Writer-Directors and SMART Analysis of Douban Commentary Among China’s Digital Natives’. In J. Selbo and J. Nelmes (eds.) Women Screenwriters: An International Guide. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 131-143.
  • Yecies, B., J. Yang, M. Berryman, and K. Soh. (2015). ‘Marketing Bait (2012): Using SMART Data to Identify E-guanxi Among China’s ‘Internet Aborigines’’. In Film Marketing in a Global Era, N. Mingant, C. Tirtaine and J. Augros (eds.) London: British Film Institute, pp. 132-146.
  • Yecies, B. (2015). ‘Film and the Representation of Ideas in Korea During and After Japanese Occupation, 1940-48’. In Japan as the Occupier and Occupied. C. de Matos and M. Caprio (eds.) New York: Palgrave, pp. 129-151.
  • Yecies, B. (2014). ‘Chinese International Film Encounters: Closing the Gaps with Hollywood and Soft Power’. In Creative Media, Part One. H. Wang, B. Lu, and X. Niu (eds.) Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, pp. 1-22.
  • Yecies, B. (2013). ‘Sounds of celluloid dreams: the Talkies in colonial Korea’. In Critical Readings on the Colonial Period of Korea 1910-1945. Vol 2, Section 3: Culture; H. Lynn (ed.) UK: Brill, pp. 497-526.
  • Yecies, B. (2010). ‘Inroads for Cultural Traffic: Breeding Korea’s CinemaTiger’. In D. Black, S. Epstein and A. Tokita (eds.) Complicated Currents: Media Production, the Korean Wave, and Soft Power in East Asia. Melbourne: Monash E-Press, pp. 10.1-10.14.
  • Goldsmith, B. and B. Yecies (2009). ‘Sejong Park’s Birthday Boy and Korean-Australian Encounters’. In C. Simpson and R. Murawska (eds.) Diasporas of Australian Cinema. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, pp. 159-168.

Refereed Articles

  • Soh, K. and B. Yecies (2017). ‘Korean–Chinese Film Remakes in a New Age of Cultural Globalisation: Miss Granny (2014) and 20 Once Again (2015) and their Digital Followings’, Global Media and China, 1(14). DOI: 10.1177/2059436416687105. (Accepted 3 January 2017).
  • Yecies, B. (2016). ‘The Chinese–Korean co-production pact: collaborative encounters and the accelerating expansion of Chinese cinema’, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 22(5): 770-786.
  • Yecies, B., J.Yang, A. Shim, K.Soh and M.Berryman (2016). ‘Douban online social media barometer and the Chinese reception of Korean popular culture flows’, Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 13(1): 114-138.
  • Yecies, B. Keane, M. and Flew, T. (2016). ‘East Asian Audi-Visual Collaboration and the Global Expansion of Chinese Culture’, Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 159: 7-12.
  • Yecies, B. (2016). ‘Transnational Collaboration of the Multisensory Kind: Exploiting Korean 4D Cinema in China’, Media International Australia, 159: 22-31.
  • Yang, J. and Yecies, B. (2016). ‘Mining Chinese social media UGC: a big-data framework for analyzing Douban movie reviews’, Journal of Big Data, 3(3), DOI 10.1186/s40537-015-0037-9.
  • Howson, R., and Yecies, B. (2016). ‘The Role of Hegemonic Masculinity and Hollywood in the New Korea’, Masculinities and Social Change, 5(1): 54-70. DOI 10.17583/MCS.2016.1047.
  • Shim, A. and Yecies, B. (2016). ‘Film Pioneer Lee Man-hee and the Creation of a Contemporary Korean Cinema Legend.’ Korea Journal 56(3): 63-89.
  • Yecies, B. (2015). ‘‘Masking madness with gaiety’: innovating sound exhibition in Australia and the royal commission’s failure to prevent the talkie wars’. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 9(3): 1–18.
  • Howson, R. and Yecies, B. (2015). ‘Korean Cinema’s Female Writer–Directors and the ‘Hegemony of Men’’, Special issue on Men and Masculinities, Gender, Equal Opportunities, 16(1): 14-22.
  • Yecies, B. and Howson, R. (2014). ‘The Korean ‘Cinema of Assimilation’ and the Construction of Cultural Hegemony in the Final Years of Japanese Rule,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal, 11(25) No. 4.
  • Shim, A. and Yecies, B. (2012a). ‘Asian interchange: Korean–Hong Kong co-productions of the 1960s’, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 4(1): 15–28.
  • Shim, A. and Yecies B. (2012b). ‘Power of the Korean Film Producer: Park Chung Hee’s Forgotten Film Cartel of the 1960s Golden Decade and its Legacy’, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 10(52), No. 3.
  • Goldsmith, B., Lee, KS., and Yecies, B. (2011). ‘In Search of the Korean Digital Wave’, Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 141: 70-77.
  • Yecies, B., Shim A., and Goldsmith, B. (2011). ‘Digital Intermediary: Korean Transnational Cinema’, Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 141: 137-145.
  • Yecies, B. (2011). ‘Somewhere Between Anti-Heroism and Pantomime: Song Kang-ho and the Uncanny Face of the Korean Cinema’, Acta Koreana 14(1): 33-71.
  • Yecies, B. and Shim, A. (2011). ‘Contemporary Korean Cinema: Challenges and the Transformation of Planet Hallyuwood’, Acta Koreana 14(1): 1-15.
  • Yecies, B. and Goldsmith, B. (2010). ‘Cinematic Hooks for Korean Studies: Using the ‘Apache’ Framework for Inspiring Students about Korea in and Through Film’, International Review of Korean Studies 7(1): 47-72.
  • Yecies, B. and Shim, A. (2010). ‘Disarming Japan’s Cannons with Hollywood’s Cameras: Cinema in Korea Under U.S. Occupation, 1945-1948’, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 44 (3) No. 10.
  • Goderie, P. and Yecies, B. (2010). ‘Cultural Flows Beneath Death Note (2006): Catching the Wave of Popular Japanese Culture in China’, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 35(1) No. 10.

See the full list of publications here

Other Significant Publications

  • (2004) Industry Review: Brian Yecies, "Feature Film and TV Production in Australia : A Look at the Current Industry in 2004." Cinema Vision in Jeonju , Korea Vol. 1 (Autumn 2004): 34-41. (in English and Korean)
  • (2003) English Language Book Editor of: Yi Hyoin and Chung Chong-Hwa. Traces of Korean Cinema From 1945 to 1959. Translated by Ae-Gyung Shim. Seoul : Munhak Sasang Press.
  • (2003) Review of Im Kwon-Taek, The Making of a Korean National Cinema, in David James, Kyung Hyun Kim (eds.), Media International Australia Incorporating Culture & Policy, September, Wayne State UP, pp. 183-185.
  • (2002) Brian Yecies and Aegyung Shim “Korean Post New Wave Film Director Series: KIM Ki-Duk."Screening The Past: An international, refereed electronic journal of screen history, Issue No. 14, Uploaded 12 November 2002.
  • (2002) Brian Yecies and Aegyung Shim “Hurray for Pusan and the Korean Post New Wave!: Asian Cinema Odyssey at the 6th Pusan International Film Festival,”Screening The Past: An international, refereed electronic journal of screen history, Issue No. 14, Uploaded 25 July.
  • (1999) “National Cinemas: Sites of Resistance? Survey of the 9th Australian and New Zealand History & Film Conference,” Metro 119. St Kilda, VIC: Australian Teachers of Media. pp. 20-21.

Current HDR Supervisions

  • Kai R. Soh (with Dr Xiaoping Gao). ‘Chinese Transnational Cinema in a New Age of Cultural Globalisation’.
  • Joanne McQuilty (with Assoc Prof Richard Howson). ‘Mobile Privacy Apps and Social Relations’.
  • James Keogh (with Dr Xiaoping Gao). ‘Watching the producer: transforming media production and distribution in Asia’.
  • Essi Haukkamaa (with Dr Sukhmani Khorana). ‘International Film and Digital Media Collaboration and ‘Impact Producing’ in Australia and Europe.’

Research Students - Completed

  • Adrian Athique, PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies, “Asian Media and Contemporary Cultural Exchange: Transnational Audiences for Indian Films”.
  • Graham Martin, MA in Media and Cultural Studies, "The End[s] of Cinema: Certain Tendencies in Contemporary American Cinema"
  • Jason Ide, Hons in Communication and Media Studies, “Crisis and Reinvention: Digital Cinema, and its role in reversing declining cinema audiences”
  • Kayla Armstrong, Hons in Media and Cultural Studies, “Evaluating Love: Veronica Mars and the Pure Relationship”
  • Matt Granger, Hons in Communication and Media Studies, “Protecting culture or supporting industry? An analysis of the Government interventions in the domestic film industries of Australia and South Korea”
  • Alison (Wright) Ruth Kelly, Hons in Communication and Cultural Studies & English, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Nation: The Significance of Art Cinema to Australian National Cinema”
  • David Dunmall, Hons in Communication and Cultural Studies, “World Domination? Same Old Dream: A Cultural Analysis of James Bond Villains”


Last reviewed: 15 January, 2019