Ruby Yang

Professor of Practice
Interim Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang was born in Hong Kong and has spent the past 35 years of her career working in the USA, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Her exceptional work in both documentary and dramatic films has earned her the 2007 Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, Academy Award and Emmy nominations, as well as numerous international awards such as the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, FilmAid Asia’s Humanitarian Award, and the Global Health Council Media Award.

She started at The University of Hong Kong in 2013 as the Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities at HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. During her tenure, she also led the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative, dedicating herself to nurturing the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region. Her efforts as a filmmaker and teacher have inspired a new generation of journalism students and documentary filmmakers, elevating the art of storytelling and documentary filmmaking in Hong Kong and beyond.