Ruoyi Bian (Jonna) I studied about English Literature at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. My B.A. Thesis was about the British Aesthetic Movement in 19th Century and the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, Patience. I am very interested in Aestheticism in both Europe and Asia. Also, I would like to focus on the 20th century Asian literature in my future study, including the influences it received from western countries. During my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, watching movies and exercising.
Zihan Feng I’m currently a second year Master student in Critical Asian Humanities at Duke University. I received my B.A. from Peking University, studying Chinese Languages and Literature and accomplishing a second degree in International Relations. Now, my research interest mainly lies in modern and contemporary Chinese literature and films, with specific interests in female literature and visual and literary representations of the Chinese diaspora. I enjoy swimming, playing Cajon and listening to K-pop (especially Korean indie band) in my spare time.
Zhuyuan Han (Jane) I obtained my B.A. in Chinese (Cross-Cultural Management) from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. I was once an ex-change student to Japan, where I studied classical Japanese literature, and was selected as one of the Chinese delegates for the 4th Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Program in Thailand last summer. I'm interested in the modernity as well as criticism of modern and contemporary Chinese literature. In particular, I am interested in gender and queer studies, hoping to explore how writers in modern China address minority issues in their work to transcend social constraints and to gain cultural identity. Besides, I also want to focus on Sinophone studies to read Chinese writings in the context of world literature. In my spare time, I love playing the piano, traveling and swimming.
Anisa Khalifa graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto with an Honors B.A. in English and Diaspora & Transnational Studies. Her academic interests are critical race theory, diaspora and multiculturalism, the study of Asian and Asian American identities, the construction of the model minority myth, Islamophobia, and the critical analysis of media and pop culture. She is a freelance culture and entertainment writer and co-hosts a podcast about Korean dramas. She also writes poetry, cooks, and drinks too much coffee.
Ziyang Li majored in Chinese language and literature and finally got his B.A degree in Zhejiang University in China. During his undergraduate years, his research interest covers the intellectual history, political discourse and literature from Ming and Qing Dynasties to new Chinese time. He is going to further focus his studies on the social transformation and literature in modern Chinese history in his graduate years. He is also a music lover.
Nian Liu, a second year master student of Critical Asian Humanities track. If some of you find it a bit difficult to pronounce my name in English, you can call me Linda as an alternative. As an undergraduate student, I majored in anthropology at Shandong University, China. I am quite interested in media studies, which focuses mainly on different kinds of media, like television and the Internet, and their effects on social values of various East Asian societies. When I am free, I always read books, watch movies and go swimming with my friends.
Chuxu Lu After gaining my BA at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, I did graduate coursework at Stanford before coming here. Focusing on China from late imperial to contemporary, I am particularly interested in areas where literary studies meets cultural history, Diaspora studies, and film/media studies. I have lasting interests in Japanese and Latin American literature.
Andrew Tran received his B.S. in Computer Science from Princeton University where he also received an in-the-nick-of-time flurry of condensed and eclectic training in literary, film, and area studies. His research interests include the metadiscourses of cultural and area studies as they determine and overdetermine the theoretically ambivalent notion of nationality in postcolonial East Asia. Andrew grew up in Portland, Oregon.
Dingding Wang received a B.A. degree of English Language and Literature at Wuhan University. She spent half a year at Duke Kunshan University and is now a second-year M.A. student of Critical Asian Humanities Program at Duke. Dingding is interested in Chinese literature, popular culture and critical theories, but mainly focuses on Chinese science fiction. She enjoys reading books and watching films as well as anime.
Yatong Wang graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Asian Studies. (She also has a minor in Chemistry, but she forgot most of it.) After graduating, she spent 10 months studying advanced Japanese at Inter-University Center in Yokohama, Japan. Yatong's interest lies in modern Japanese literature and popular culture, especially anime studies and otaku culture. Just as you will expect, during her free time, she enjoys watching anime, reading manga and novels, as well as taking random naps.
Xinran Wang (Cherry) I did my B.A. in English literature, translation and interpretation at China Foreign Affairs University with a great passion in diaspora literature and the application of anthropologic method or philosophic theory in lit critics. I am a person with two totally different characters; one enjoys marathon running and traveling while the other stays home cooking and writing novels.
Lu Xiaoning (Margot) Majoring in World History, I did my undergraduate work in Peking University. I studied environmental history and solutions to pollutions from different cultures in East Asia. And now I am interested in cultural studies concerning modern Chinese media and society. Besides, I like singing and playing volleyball very much.
Kaiyang Xu graduated and got a B.A. in History degree from Nankai University, China. She spent one semester in the University of Calgary, Canada as an international exchange student in 2016, where she took courses in film and communication studies. Her research interests lie in contemporary Chinese cinema as well as media studies. Methodologically, Kaiyang is riveted by the conversations between textual analysis and media studies in the field of cinema. She also interested in the inquiry into the text-context relations.
Ningxin Xu I engaged in participatory/public art making and critique by spearheading an art activist group after receiving a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. My experience was mainly with site-specific art and activism in rural and suburban parts of China, which led to an interest in the literature and politics of art, the relationship between art and social movements, the literary and artistic praxis of the socially marginalized and the left wing, and cultural politics in general. I then moved on to be a mural painting restoration technician in a cultural relics preservation agency. Before starting graduate studies I was interested in the overlapping area of the theories and history of visual art, and Marxist literary traditions and socialist theory. In my proposal I wrote about the assessment of the current labor movement in suburban Beijing, the New Workers’ Art Troupe. During my time at Duke and partially at UNC Chapel Hill, I had the privileged opportunity to know some of the greatest researchers and teachers out there, whose deep concern with the current civilizational/ecological crisis and the human condition resonated with a previously unnamed feeling of uncertainty and precariousness of my own. In getting to know their work and, in the process, myself, my research path took a natural and inevitable turn. My capstone project is in political ecology and political ontology, with foci on anthropology of more than human worlds, critical animal studies, post humanism and theories of emergence and embodiment at the intersection of ethics, ecofeminism and post-structural feminist STS studies.
Yumin Yang. I got my undergraduate degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and my bachelor major is Chinese Languages and Literatures. My academic interest is Japanese colonial Literature and Empire studies. I like music and manga.
Haoyue Zhang graduated from Nanjing University and majored in History. She has won People’s Scholarship of Nanjing University in 2015. She participated in a project held by Chinese Ministry of Education named Sun Yat-sen Symbol and Chinese National Identity with Professor Yunqian Chen. Her study interests are Chinese Cinema and Asian Animation. Volleyball is her favorite sport.
Luming Zhang For my Bachelor’s degree, I study Chinese language and literature at Southwest University. My academic interest is modern and contemporary Chinese literature; women’s literature and cultural studies. I also wish to conduct nuanced research on how modern conceptualizations of writings are infused with political, social, and cultural influences. During my spare time, I enjoyed listening in classic music and doing yoga. Looking forward to be a part of Duke community!
Wenxian Zhang received her B.A. in Chinese Literature from Peking University, with a focus on modernity and modernism, gender studies and popular culture. With rich real-world experiences in East Asian regions, she is specifically interested in multiple cultural identities presented in contemporary literary, visual and media texts in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Outside of the classroom, she is keen on creative writing, NGO services, cinema productions, and swimming.