Yanhong Zhu Associate Professor of Chinese

Yanhong Zhu

Ruscio Center for Global Learning, room 228
(540) 458-8277


Ph.D. University of Southern California

B.A. East China Normal University



Yanhong Zhu's primary research interests are in critical theory, modern Chinese literature, and Chinese film and culture.


CHIN 261 - Intermediate Intensive Chinese I

CHIN 262 - Intermediate Intensive Chinese II

CHIN 301 - Third-year Chinese Language

CHIN 311 - Advanced Chinese I: A Kaleidoscope of China

CHIN 312 - Advanced Chinese II: Masterworks of modern Chinese literature

LIT 220 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

EALL 215 - East Asian Cinema


Selected Publications

Book Chapter

Zhu, Y. H. (forthcoming). “Gendered Screens: Women, Space, and Social Transformation in the Works of Contemporary Chinese Female Filmmakers,” in Crossing Boundaries/ Confounding Identity: Chinese Women in Literature, Art, and Film, ed. Cherie Hughes. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Zhu, Y. H. (2021). “Zhai Yongming,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Chinese Poets Since 1949 (volume 387), eds. Christopher Lupke and Thomas Moran, pp. 298-307. Farmington Hill, MI: Gale.

Zhu, Y. H. (2019). “Teaching Chinese Through Film: Rationale, Practice, and Future Directions,” in The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, eds. Chris Shei, Monica Zikpi, and Der-lin Chao, pp. 447-461. New York: Routledge.

Zhu, Y. H. (2019). “Drama-tic Synthesis: Time, Memory, and History in the Writings of the Nine Leaves Poets,” in Chinese Poetic Modernisms, eds. Paul Manfredi and Chris Lupke, pp. 57-81. Leiden: Brill.

Zhu, Y. H. (2017). “The Moment and the Self: Exploring the Modernist Elements in Feng Zhi’s Wu Zixu,” in From Literature to the Arts: Sino-Western Cross-Cultural Studies, eds. Sun Shaoyi and Zhou Xuhua, pp. 147-165. Taipei: Shulin Publishing.

Zhu, Y. H. (2012). “The Moment and Eternity: On the Modernist Elements in Eileen Chang’s Fiction,” in Zhang Ailing: Zhuanqi • Xingbie • Xipu (Eileen Chang: Legends, Gender, and Genealogy), ed. Chin Chown Lim, pp. 59-74. Taipei: Linking Publishing.


Edited Volume

Victor Fan, Frederik Green, Wei Yang and Yanhong Zhu (Ed.). (2015). Collective Memory and Spatiality: Rethinking Post-Socialist/Colonial/Martial-Law Chinese Cinemas, Special Issue for East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 1, no. 3.


Zhu, Y. H. (2018). “The Human and the Beast: Humanity, Animality, and Cultural Critique in Contemporary Chinese Cinema.” Chinese Literature Today. Vol. 7 (1), pp. 107-117.

Zhu, Y. H. (2017). “The Crisis of the American Dream: On Going-Abroad Films in Contemporary Chinese Cinema.” American Quarterly. Vol. 69 (3), pp. 763-768.

Zhu, Y. H. (2016). “Exploring Spatiotemporal Dramatization: Mu Dan’s Pursuit of Modernism in Poetry in the 1940s.” Jianghan Academic. Vol. 35 (6), pp. 33-44.

Zhu, Y. H., V. Fan, F. Green, and W. Yang (2015). “Introduction: Collective Memory and Spatiality: Rethinking Post-Socialist/ Colonial/ Martial-Law Chinese Cinemas,” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 1 (3), pp. 313-323.

Zhu, Y. H. (2015). “Bodies in Crisis: Sensuality and the Cinematic Reconfiguration of the Spy Genre in Contemporary Chinese Cinema,” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 1 (3), pp. 359-376.

Zhu, Y. H. (2015). “Bridging the Culture Gap: Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching in Chinese Cinema and Media Courses,” Proceedings of 13th Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, pp. 8-16. Hohhot: Inner Mongolia University Press.

Zhu, Y. H. (2014). “Approaching Contemporary China: Chinese Culture and Language Teaching through Newspapers,” Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, pp. 482-489. Ha’erbin: Heilongjiang renmin chubanshe,

Zhu, Y. H. (2013). “A Past Revisited: Re-presentation of the Nanjing Massacre in City of Life and Death,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas. Vol. 7 (2), pp. 85-108.

Zhu, Y. H. (2013). “Visual Impact and Language Immersion: The Use of Film Adaptations in Advanced Chinese Language Teaching,” Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, pp. 694-703. Chengdu: Sichuan chuban jituan bashu shushe.

Zhu, Y. H. (2012). “Globalizing the Nanjing Massacre,” Ecce (Visual Cultural Criticism), Special Issue: The World of Image and Language. Vol. 3, pp. 139-60.

Zhu. Y. H. (2012). “Audio-Visual Media and Language Learning: The Use of Video-based Material in Chinese Language Teaching,” Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, eds. Xu Weimin and He Wenchao, pp. 694-703. Hangzhou: Zhenjiang daxue chubanshe.



Zhu, Y. H. (2020). Review of Make it the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media, by Jacob Edmond. Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews. Vol. 42, pp. 194-198.

Zhu, Y. H. (2019). Review of The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion, by Christopher Lupke. Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Vol. 28 (1), pp. 135-138.

Zhu, Y. H. (2014). Review of The“Sent-Down” Vision: Poetics and Politics of Zhiqing Literature in Post-Mao China. Dissertation by Yanjie Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation Reviews. http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/8024

Zhu, Y. H. (2013). Review of Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media, by Christopher Bush. Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews. Vol. 35, pp. 243-45.

Zhu, Y. H. (2011). Review of Twentieth-Century Chinese Women’s Poetry: An Anthology, ed. and trans. Julia C. Lin. MCLC Resource Center Publication at the Ohio State University. http://u.osu.edu/mclc/book-reviews/womens-poetry/


Work in Progress

Reconfiguring Chinese Modernism: The Poetics of Temporality in 1940s Fiction and Poetry

Screening the Unnamable: Chinese Cinema and the Historical Event


Visiting Positions

University of Southern California, Associate-in-Research of East Asian Studies Center, January - August 2013

Occidental College, Adjunct Instructor, Fall Term 2008