China, late-imperial and modern
Supervisor: Jennifer Purtle
Areas of Academic Interest
- art and visual culture of late-19th and early-20th century China; Chinese popular press and print capitalism; gender, dress, film and material culture studies; image-text-sound issues; history of Art History; historiography of modern China.
- My dissertation, “Modern Girls and Musclemen: Engendering Beauty in China’s ‘New Culture,’ 1917-1954,” examines the early-twentieth-century emergence of two gendered motifs in paintings, advertisements, pictorial magazines and movies. The study considers how the relationship between these images and the neologism meishu (fine art) impacted pre-existing notions of mei (beauty), art, the body and respectability. Other projects include “Manchuness and the Liangbatou, from Hairdo to Headpiece (1830s-1930s),” which historicizes the material evolution of a headdress worn by Manchu women that became increasingly conspicuous during the first decade of the 20th century. This was a period when anti-Manchu sentiment among Chinese intellectuals intensified and, in 1911, ended the Qing dynasty lineage of Manchu emperors who reigned in Beijing since conquering it in 1644.
- BFA (Asian Studies/Visual Arts, 2005) University of British Columbia
- MA (Asian Studies, 2010) University of British Columbia
“Making ‘Opposite-sex Love’ in Print: Discourse and Discord in Linglong Women’s Pictorial
Magazine, 1931-1937,” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 13.2 : 244-347.
“Book Review.” Sporting Gender: Women, Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s
National Crisis, 1931-45, by Gao Yunxiang. Asian Women 30.2 : 113-6.
- Dr. David Chu Scholarship in Asia Pacific Studies
- Jackman Junior Fellowship in the Humanities
- Canada-China Scholars Exchange Scholarship
- Fukien Chinese Association Award