Assistant Professor at Columbia University. She is interested in a broad range of topics in Chinese history with a particular focus on the history of late imperial and modern China, urban culture, gender and the history of emotions, politics of modernity, and issues of historiography and critical theory. Her current research project examines Lux Soap and the discourse of health and beauty in Republican China's consumer culture. Her forthcoming book, Politics of Passion: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Public Sympathy in Nineteen-thirties China (California), examines a highly sensational crime of female passion and documents the rise of "public sympathy" as a powerful new moral and political authority in early twentieth-century China. Articles based on this project have appeared in Twentieth Century China; a conference volume edited by the Institute of Modern History of the Academia Sinica of Taiwan; the Taiwanese journal, Research on Women in Modern Chinese History as well as in a forthcoming journal by Peking University. Among her other publications are "Reflections on Theory, Gender and the Psyche in the Study of Chinese History" in Funü lishi yanjiu fukan (1998), and "The Modern Elixir: Medicine as a Consumer Item in the Early Twentieth-Century Press" in UCLA Historical Journal (1995).
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Published: Friday, May 26, 2006
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