Pan Lu is currently lecturer in The University of Hong Kong, Community College. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong. Previously, she obtained her Master’s degree from University Bayreuth, Germany and her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai International Studies University, China. Her Ph.D. dissertation focuses mainly on a comparative perspective to the space of memory, modernity and visual culture in Shanghai and Berlin. Her major research interests include urban culture in globalization, inter-city competition, transformation of urban spaces and architecture in globalization, memory politics in national and global discourses and the redefinition of global modernities. While at HYI as an Urban Studies Training Program Visiting Fellow, she will focus on the spatial politics and cultural imagery in two urban renewal projects in China: Beijing Dazhalan and Shanghai Tianzifang.