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2023 Gender Studies Workshop – The Chinese Family Romance

May 5, 2023 @ 9:00 am 1:00 pm

Emma Jinhua Teng, MIT
Ting Guo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yangyang Cheng, Yale University
Carlos Rojas, Duke University
Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, Duke University
Jie Li, Harvard University
Tina Lu, Yale University

Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, Duke University
Wai-Yee Li, Harvard University
Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College
Xu Man, Tufts University
Catherine Yeh, Boston University

Schedule of Events

9:00-9:15 “The Chinese Family Romance” – opening remarks by Eileen Cheng-yin Chow

9:15-9:45 Emma Jinhua Teng (MIT)
“Transnational and Interracial Family Romance: Rethinking Chinese mixed race in the early 20th Century“

9:45-10:15 Ting Guo (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
“Daddy Supreme: Gender Politics and the Reinvention of Confucianism in Contemporary China” (via zoom)

10:15-10:45 Yangyang Cheng (Yale)
“‘Of the Virus and God, Orange Peels and the Party’ — A Transnational Chinese Family during Covid-19”

10:45-11:15 Carlos Rojas (Duke)
“Chen Xue and Taiwanese Queer Family Narratives”

11:15-11:45 Eileen Cheng-yin Chow (Duke)
“Family/stories/dispersal: everything, everywhere, all at once”

11:45-12:30 Roundtable
Moderated by Jie Li (Harvard) and Tina Lu (Yale), and including China Gender Studies Workshop conveners Wai-yee Li, Xu Man, Catherine Yeh, Ellen Widmer, and all participants 

Yangyang Cheng is a Research Scholar in Law and Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, where her work focuses on the development of science and technology in China and US‒China relations. Her essays on these and related topics have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The New Statesman, WIRED, VICE, MIT Technology Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications, and have received awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Born and raised in China, Cheng received her PhD in physics from the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s from the University of Science and Technology of China’s School for the Gifted Young. Before joining Yale, she worked on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) for over a decade, most recently at Cornell University and as an LHC Physics Center Distinguished Researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. https://law.yale.edu/yangyang-cheng

Eileen Cheng-yin Chow has worked as a cram school English teacher, literary translator, book designer, fudge and candy maker, conference interpreter, short order cook, magazine photographer, film subtitler, and lowly PA on set for Warner Brothers and Beijing Film Studios.

Eileen is currently Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University. Additionally at Duke, Eileen is a founding/core faculty member in the Asian American Diaspora Studies Program, the first such program in the U.S. South; and is the founding director of Duke Story Lab, a humanities lab dedicated to the study of stories and the communities that coalesce around them. Elsewhere, she is Director of the Shewo Institute of Chinese Journalism at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan, and serves on the editorial boards of Biographical Literature, the LA Review of Books, Asia Society’s China Books Review, and Third State Books; and with Carlos Rojas, is co-editor of the Sinotheory book series for Duke UP. Eileen’s teaching and research interests include literature, film and visual studies, popular culture (anime/manga, fandoms, media technologies), diaspora studies, and the histories of Chinatowns around the world. Academic details at https://scholars.duke.edu/person/eileen.chow; or find her @chowleen on Twitter.

Ting Guo is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on religion, politics, and gender in transnational Asia. She is writing her first book, Politics of Love: Religion, Secularism, and Love as a Political Discourse in Modern China. She co-hosts a Mandarin podcast called 時差 in-betweenness (@shichapodcast). https://www2.crs.cuhk.edu.hk/faculty-staff/teaching-faculty/guo-ting

Jie Li is a professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.  She is the author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life and Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era.  She also co-edited Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution.  Her forthcoming book is entitled Cinematic Guerrillas: Propaganda, Projectionists and Audiences in Socialist China.  She is now working on a cultural history of radios, loudspeakers, and noise in twentieth-century China. https://ealc.fas.harvard.edu/people/jie-li

Carlos Rojas teaches modern Chinese cultural studies at Duke University. He is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image. Full bio: https://scholars.duke.edu/person/c.rojas

Emma J. Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations at MIT. She teaches classes in Chinese culture, Chinese migration history, Asian American history, East Asian culture, and women’s and gender studies. 

For full bio: https://history.mit.edu/people/emma-teng/


May 5, 2023
9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room

1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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