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Yu-ting Huang

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, starting in 2018

yhuang05@wesleyan.edu

Yu-ting Huang

Yu-ting Huang's research expertise includes modern Chinese and Sinophone literature, the transnational literature of Chinese settler migration and diaspora, indigenous literature in East Asia and the Pacific, and the comparative studies of settler colonialism and indigenous politics. Exploring China and East Asia in the framework of imperialism and settler colonialism, she is interested in modern East Asian nationalism as a multifaceted process that involves territorial expansions and consolidations, competition with other imperial interests, transnational traffic, and the management of ethnic and cultural differences.  Relatedly, she examines indigenous, ethnic, and transnational literature as articulations of alternative subjectivities beyond the nation. She asks in her research: How do literary authors imagine self and belonging in connection to the place of their residence and to other peoples who visit or also inhabit the land? How do authors of relative minority positions use literature as a vehicle to articulate self-identity, imagine communities, and enact resistance? How do these articulations compare across linguistic and geographical borders?

Her current research focuses on the contemporary literature of Chinese settler migration across the Pacific, from Taiwan, Southeast Asia, to Oceania and California. Her book project, tentatively The Other Settlers: Sovereign and Belonging in Transpacific Chinese Literature, theorizes East Asian nationalism and ethnic and diasporic literature of Asian migration in connection to transpacific settler colonialism and indigenous politics. She also has an ongoing interest in indigenous articulations in Asia, especially contemporary indigenous literature from Taiwan. She has written about Taiwanese literature, Chinese New Zealand literature, and Sinophone Malaysian literature. With Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, she is currently co-editing a volume, tentatively New Archives of Settler Occupation, and she has recently joined the editorial collective of Settler Colonial Studies.

Yu-ting Huang received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 2015, and before arriving at Wesleyan was a Mellon-Keiter postdoctoral fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Amherst College. 

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TBA. Yu-ting Huang arrives at Wesleyan in January 2018.