2cd Year Students
- Fangefei Wang-(Ophelia)-2cd year class of 2021-I received my B.A. in Translation and Interpretation at Shandong University, Weihai. My research interests include diaspora literature, especially Chinese American literature, cultural studies and gender studies - I want the voices to be heard and the stories to be told. I love doing Chinese calligraphy and cooking in my spare time.
- Huiqi Zhang-2cd year class of 2021-received her B.A. in Chinese languages and literatures at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Focusing on China, her academic interests cover modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film studies, cultural studies and gender studies, with a particular interest in corporeality, spatiality and temporality. She is currently working on the configuration of urban space in Hong Kong through material constructions as well as cultural constructions through representations in fictions and films. She enjoys playing volleyball and watching musicals in her spare time.
- Jing Long Wee
- Muyun Zhou-2cd year class of 2021-graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, with an Honors B.A. in Art History and English, and a minor in Translation Studies. Her research interests include diaspora in literature and visual arts, the interpretation and reconfiguration of tradition in the Modern period, aesthetics and practice in the 20th century, and translation studies. She loves skiing and ballet, and is a black belt competitor in Taekwondo.
- Xiaoxu Huang-2cd year class of 2021-graduated from Beijing Normal University with a B. A. in Chinese Language and Literature. Her research interest lies in modern and contemporary Chinese literature and cinema, with a particular emphasis on race, labor and gender. Outside the classroom, she enjoys photography, listening to music, watching movies and visiting exhibitions.
- Yuchen Yan-2cd year class of 2021-received her BA at department of Chinese language and literature, Peking University. Her research interest focuses mainly on novels, dramas and gender studies in China in the twentieth century. She is especially interested in certain topics including cultural productions in metropolitan cities. Motivated by her aspiration to gain an insight into other cultures, she also minored in German and read literary works from all over the world extensively during her undergraduate studies. She enjoys writing dramas and poems, though whether she is a talented playwright and poet is still open to doubt. She is currently working on her capstone project about the representations of murder in old Shanghai.
- Yue Yu-2cd year class of 2021-was trained to be a lawyer when she was an undergraduate and now studies in the humanities as a master student who dreams of participating in filmmaking practice in the future. She earned her Bachelor of Laws from East China University of Political Science and Law and was once an exchange student to the University of Zurich. Her academic interests include film studies, area studies, and feminist/queer theory. She is currently working on gender expression in contemporary China and its entanglement with state apparatuses.
1st Year Students
- George Cai-1st year class of 2022-George graduated with a B.A. from Davidson College where he studied mostly philosophy and literature. Unable to forsake his passions for Japanese literature, he decided, despite his lack of proficiency in the Japanese language, to pursue in the direction of East Asian Studies. He has yet to figure out what he would like to focus on for his research. He loves eating and is currently conducting a self-funded research on comparative gastronomic experience in Guangzhou by examining Michelin Guide's criteria and applicability in assessing Chinese culinary arts.
- Jingyi Liu-1st year class of 2022-Graduated from Peking University-Jingyi received a B.A. degree in Chinese Language and Literature Department from Peking University. During her undergraduate time, she had a keen interest in modern Chinese literature and political history. Her current research interests include comparative literature, cultural studies and Chinese political history after the late Qing Dynasty. She is still learning Japanese language and participating in oral history research now. She hopes that those efforts can help her find her future academic research direction.
- Jinyi Li-1st year class of 2022-Jinyi received a B.A. degree in Chinese Studies / English from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her current research interests include gender studies, China's rural-urban dichotomy, Chinese-language cinema, and cultural studies.
- Qionglin Lou-1st year class of 2022-Qionglin Lou is the first year student of M.A. in CAH, graduated from Suzhou University with a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature. She is mainly interested in gender studies, feminism and modern Chinese literature.
- Son Truong-1st year class of 2022-Son has a BA in Chinese and Korean language and Culture Studies at the University of California Irvine. Her current research interests include Korean diaspora, food, and cultural studies. In her free time, she likes to exercise outdoors, learn interior design, and journal at local cafes.
- Yuan Tian-1st year class of 2022-Graduated from University of California: Irvine. I graduated from University of California, Irvine majoring in East Asian Studies and Philosophy. Socrates is my favorite philosopher. I have taken Japanese courses in undergraduate school and am still learning it now. I am particularly interested in comparative literature and gender-related issues in Chinese and Japanese culture. Translation is also what I want to learn more about in the future.
- Andrew Tran-Alumni class of 2020-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.
- Anisa Khalifa-Alumni class of 2020-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.
- Chuxu Lu-Alumni class of 2020-Chuxu Lu studies Chinese literature and cultural history from the late imperial to the contemporary China. With a particular focus on human-animal relationship, she is interested in literature’s intersection with animal studies, gender studies, and film/ media studies. She received her bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University with a minor in Spanish studies. After coursework in East Asian studies and English literature at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, she finishes her Master degree in Critical Asian Humanities program at Duke University, with her thesis entitled "Narrating Cats and Cat Lovers in Modern China: Animality, Subjectivity, and Media Space."
- Dihao Zhoug-Alumni class of 2016-Dihao Zhou graduated from the CAH program in 2016 with a master thesis on the postcolonial identities in the works of Taiwanese film director Wei Te-sheng. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University and working on a dissertation examining Chinese science fiction from the 1950s to the 80s. He runs a Chinese Podcast about Star Wars, "Force Wave" (yuanli dianbo), with his friends.
- Dingding Wang-Alumni class of 2019-Dingding Wang is a Ph.D. student in the UCSD Literature Program. Her research focuses on a variety of topics, including environmental humanities, global Chinese literature and film, speculative fiction, and cultural studies. She is the translator of The Gunpowder Gardens: Travels through India and China in Search of Tea and Celestial Empire: The Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction (in preparation), and translation editor of Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious. She has published articles and translations on various journals, newspapers, and collections, including Science Writing, Xinhua Daily, and The Overseas Horizon of Sinophone Literature. She is a member of the Jiangsu Science Popularization Writer Association and Eastern China Branch of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association. She also instructed a course on Chinese Culture and Society at Duke University.
- Luming Zhang-Alumni class of 2020- 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!
- Ruoyi Bian-(Jonna)-Alumni class of 2020-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.
- Wenxian Zhang-Alumni class of 2020-received her B.A. degree in Chinese Literature at 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, and cinema productions.
- Xinran Wang-(Cherry)-Alumni class of 2020- 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.
- Zhuyuan Han-(Jane)-Alumni class of 2020-Hi! My name is Zhuyuan Han, a CAH 20’ alumna. During my two years in the program, I’ve explored various topics surrounding the cultural history of modern East Asia. My master’s thesis investigated the interactions between Chinese intellectuals and the tea and coffee culture in Republican Shanghai. I am going to conduct my PhD study at Department of Cultural and Religious Studies in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, concentrating on the transition of East Asian cultural traditions in modern time under the impact of newly emergent technologies.
- Ziyang Li-Alumni class of 2020-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.