Speaker: Jing Tsu, Yale University
Jing Tsu, a new Guggenheim Fellow, is a literary scholar and cultural historian of modern China at Yale University. She is the first person to be tenured and become Professor of Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature at Yale, and author of four books (two co-edited). She is currently writing a new book about how China entered the IT era, The Kingdom of Characters: Language Wars and China’s Rise to Global Power, a remarkable tale that uncovers what happened to the Chinese script in the age of the Western alphabet (under contract with Riverhead at Penguin Random House). Her research spans literature, linguistics, science and technology, typewriting and digitalization, diaspora studies, migration, nationalism, and theories of globalization, and she has written for The New York Times.
At Yale, Tsu is also a Senior Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, a member of the Executive Committee of both the Whitney Humanities Center and the Humanities Program, as well as a faculty affiliate of WGSS (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and ER&M (Ethnicity, Race, and Migration).