Mila Zuo is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media at UCLA in 2015. Her research interests include transnational Chinese and Asian American cinemas, film philosophy, star studies, feminist theory, and critical race and ethnicity studies. Her current book project, Sensing Beauty/Acting Chinese examines the affective world-making of contemporary Chinese and Chinese/American women stars; her work currently appears in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Celebrity Studies, and in forthcoming anthology Exploiting East Asian Cinema.
As a film- and video-maker, Zuo has written, directed, and produced short narrative films, documentaries, and music videos. Zuo’s short narrative film, Carnal Orient (2016) premiered at Slamdance International Film Festival and was an official selection at a dozen international film festivals, screening both domestically and internationally in locations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Palm Beach, Portland, London, Singapore, Nagoya, and the Czech Republic. It earned Special Mention Experimental Film at the 2016 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival.