On leave Fall 2013 & Spring 2014
Ph.D. Harvard (East Asian Languages & Civilizations)
M.A. UC Berkeley (Rhetoric)
B.A. UC Berkeley (Comparative Literature)
I specialize in modern Chinese literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. My writing and research focus on the historical, political, and literary concerns of modern Chinese culture. Originally trained in the literary and critical theory of the western tradition, classical Chinese poetry and prose, early modern Chinese vernacular ﬁction, and modern Chinese literature, I draw broadly from the disciplinary approaches of the humanities and the social sciences, and my work builds on, and extends from, traditional Area Studies to new disciplinary and geographical intersections. My major research foci include processes of diaspora and Sinophone studies, race and nationalism, language standardization and the Chinese writing system, literary Realism and the Global South in relation to coolie labor, and the history of science and technology. I am currently working on a new book project, The Alphabetic Mind in Chinese. A related co-edited volume (with Benjamin A. Elman), Science and Technology in Modern China, 1880s-1940s, is appearing in spring 2014.
Tsu is also a Senior Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Humanities Program, WGSS (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and ER&M (Ethnicity, Race, and Migration).