Assistant Professor of Chinese
School of Modern Languages
Ph.D., Cornell University
Joined faculty in
"Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture
Youth Culture and Internet Culture
Language, Music, Sound, and Silence in Chinese Cinema
Comedy and Laughter
Chinese Sociocultural Linguistics"
"the Georgia Tech 2012 CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence
the Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2011 and 2013"
Current and recent projects
"Mute Characters in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
The Theme of ""Public Restroom"" in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Popular Culture"
Recent and selected publications
Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium. Leiden; Boston: Brill, forthcoming, 2013.
Chinese Under Globalization: Emerging Trends in Language Use in China. co-edited with Hongyin Tao (UCLA), Singapore; London: World Scientific, 2012.
“Chinese Language in the Global Context” (with Hongyin Tao), The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language, edited by Chan Sin-Wai and James Minnett. Routledge, 2015, 196-222.
“Alternative Voice and Local Youth Identity in Chinese Local-Language Rap Music,” positions: asia critique (Duke University Press) 22.1 (2014), 263-292.
“Deviant Writing and Youth Identity: Representation of Dialects with Chinese Characters on the Internet,” Chinese Language and Discourse, vol. 2, no. 1, 2011, 58-79.
“The Use of Chinese Dialects on the Internet: Youth Language and Local Youth Identity in Urban China.” In Vallah, Gurkensalat 4U & me! Current Perspectives in the Study of Youth Language. Ed. J. Normann Jørgensen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010, 99–112.
“Ambivalent Laughter: Comic Sketches in CCTV’s Spring Festival Eve Gala.” Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese (JMLC), vol. 10, no. 1, 2010, 103-121.
(with Hongyin Tao) “Negotiating Linguistic Identities under Globalization: Language Use in Contemporary China,” Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Vol. 10, Number 1, Spring 2009, 7-10.
“The Rhetoric of Local Languages as the Marginal: Chinese Underground and Independent Films by Jia Zhangke and Others.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), vol. 18, no.2, 2006, 163-205.
“Xiangning fangyan de wenbai yidu” (The co-existence of colloquial and literary pronunciations in the Shanxi Xiangning dialect). Yuwen Yanjiu (Research in Chinese Language), no. 78. 1, 2001, 35-45.
AAS (Association for Asian Studies)
MLA (Modern Language Association)