Louise Hossien from the University of Oxford has been selected to join UCFC as a member via the organisation’s Future Talent Programme 2020-2021.

Here is Louise’s own introduction to her expertise as well as her project at UCFC for this coming year:

“I am a 4th year undergraduate student studying Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford. I have joined UCFC’s Future Talent Programme as I intend to pursue a career in film/documentary making when I graduate. As a student, I am aware that there is a huge wealth of academia relating to China in the UK, but relatively little of this penetrates the creative industries. One of my goals is to play a part in changing this.

Working in cooperation with the UK-China Film Collab, I am hoping to turn my dissertation research about hip-hop in China into a documentary. Currently, I believe China is mostly perceived by the outside world through political and economic lenses. Although these aspects are important, they are unable to represent the diversity of the 1 billion people living in China. I am interested in telling the stories of those whose voices are not heard on an international level. In China, hip-hop is becoming more and more popular. Shows such as “The Rap of China” have exploded in terms of popularity, while several Chinese rappers have had songs gain international fame. But just why has this genre of music become so prominent in China in a country 11,000 miles from hip-hop’s origin? This is the story that I want to tell.

Through the Future Talent Programme, I hope to help to promote greater cultural understanding between the UK and China. I also wish to further cooperation between the film industries of the two sides. I am excited to see what the coming year will bring.

Contact Louise: louise.hossien@univ.ox.ac.uk