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Hui Faye Xiao, PhD

Department Chair
East Asian Languages & Cultures
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Wescoe Hall, 2105
University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
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Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, youth culture, and gender studies

Teaching Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Popular Culture
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Marriage, Family and Society
  • Urban Culture

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Youth Culture
  • Media Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Marriage, Family and Society
  • Urban Culture

Selected Publications

Xiao, Hui Faye. “‘The “Lay-off” Crisis of Middle-Aged Women in Melodramas about Divorce.’” Pengpai Xinwen (ThePaper.Cn), 3 July 2017, .
Xiao, Hui Faye. “‘From May Fourth to Fan Yusu: Writing Baomu and Baomu Writing.’” Duan Chuanmei (Initium Media), 9 2017,
Xiao, Hui Faye. “Book Review of China’s IGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century, Ed. by Johnson, Matthew D., Keith B. Wagner, Tianqi Yu, and Luke Vulpiania.” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China , vol. 11, no. 2, 2017, pp. 407–14.
Xiao, Hui Faye. “Book Review of Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China, by Shuyu Kong.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 2017,
Xiao, Hui Faye. “‘A Century of Youth Literature and Cosmopolitan Vision: Case Studies of Shanghai-Based Youth Literature Magazines.’” The Proceedings of the International Conference “Shanghai in a Global Context: Cinema, Media, and the Cross of Imaginations,” Fudan University Press, 2017, pp. 202–27.
Xiao, Hui. “‘Rural Women Pay the High Cost of China’s Social Transformation.’” The Beijing News/Book Review Weekly, 12 2016.
Xiao, Hui. “Book Review of Waves and Undercurrents: Sex, Love and Marriage of Chinese Youth (1966-1976) (Kuanglan Yu Qianliu: Zhongguo Qingnian de Xinglian Yu Hunyin (1966-1976)  .” The Beijing News/Book Review Weekly (Xin Jing Bao/Shuping Zhoukan), 20 Feb. 2016, p. B08.
Xiao, Hui. “Book Review of Sound Rising from the Paper: Nineteenth-Century Martial Arts Fiction and the Chinese Acoustic Acoustic Imagination.  .” Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 75, no. 3, 2016, pp. 810–12.
Xiao, Hui Faye. “‘From New Concept to Youth Economy: The Rise and Crisis of the Me Generation.’” Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600–2016  , edited by Daria Berg and Giorgio Strafella, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publishing House, 2016.
Xiao, Hui. “‘Shall Women Sacrifice Everything to Fulfill Their Maternal Duty?’” The Beijing News/Book Review Weekly, 21 Jan. 2016.
Xiao, Hui. “‘Zai Fengxian Shehui Zhong Xunqiu Erci Jihui—Xin Qiannian de Lihun Dianhua’ (Seeking Second Chances in a Risk Society: The Cinema of Divorce in the New Millennium).” Dianying Yanjiu (Film Studies) , vol. 2016, no. 4, 2016, pp. 23–40.
Xiao, Hui. “Book Review of Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-45.” University of Toronto Quarterly 84.3 (Summer 2015), 305-306., 2015.
Xiao, Hui. “‘Shanghai Youth Mediascape: Rise of the Me Generation Entrepreneur-Writer-Filmmakers.’” The Conference Proceedings of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL), 2015.
Xiao, Hui Faye. “Book Review of Romancing the Internet: Producing and Consuming Chinese Web  Romance, by Jin Feng.” Asia Pacific: Perspectives, July 2014.
Xiao, Hui Faye. “Book Review of China on Film: A Century of Exploration, Confrontation, and  Controversy, by Paul G. Pickowicz.  .” Asia Pacific World , 2014.
Xiao, Hui Faye. Family Revolution: Marital Strife in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Visual Culture. University of Washington Press, 2014,
Xiao, Hui Faye. “‘Memory, Buildungsroman, and Native Soil: The Alternative Narrative of The Barefoot Doctor Wan Quanhe.’” Wenhua Yanjiu, vol. 11, Social Sciences Adademic Press, May 2011, pp. 133–49.
Xiao, Hui Faye. “Interiorized Feminism and Gendered Nostalgia of the ‘Daughter-Generation’ in Ning Ying’s Perpetual Motion.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, vol. 5, no. 3, intellect journals, 2011, pp. 253–68,
Xiao, Hui Faye. American Journal of Chinese Studies, vol. 17, no. 1, Apr. 2010, pp. 96–98.
Xiao, Hui Faye. Tales and Traditions: Readings in Chinese Literature Series. Cheng & Tsui Company, 2010,

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Selected Presentations

Xiao, H. (11/1/2017). Smalling World: Shojo Manga as Art, Commerce, and Gendered Resistance in Contemporary Chinese Youth Culture. Invited talk at the CEAS Tea and Talk (KU). Lawrence, KS
Xiao, H. (6/9/2017). Reinventing Youth Literature and Cosmopolitanism in a Transmedial Culture: Case Studies of Shanghai-based Youth Literature Magazines. The International Conference “Shanghai in a Global Context: Cinema, Media, and the Cross of Imaginations”. Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Xiao, H. (10/18/2016). “Family Revolution: New Marital Practices and Gender Politics in Post-Revolutionary China”. Invited talk at the China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, co-sponsored by the Kansas State University and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Manhattan, KS. http://
Xiao, H. (6/6/2016). “Post-Youth Realism: Retrograde Poetics and Spatial Involution in Chinese Youth Literature and Cinema.”. Invited talk at the University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong
Xiao, H. (6/2/2016). “‘The Ever Flying Red Flag’: Reinventing the Cultural Revolution Propaganda in the Post-Mao Revolution of Sounds”. The International Conference of “The Cultural Revolution Today: Literature, Film, and Cultural Debates”. University of Hong Kong.
Xiao, H. (10/8/2015 - 10/10/2015). “Sonic Nostalgia: Popular Music and Acoustic Memories in American Dreams in China.”. the 2015 Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA). Santa Fe, NM
Xiao, H. (6/18/2015 - 6/20/2015). “Shanghai Youth Mediascape: Rise of the Me Generation Entrepreneur-Writer-Filmmakers”. the biennial conference of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL). Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Xiao, H. (3/26/2015 - 3/29/2015). “From Fiction to Screen: Gendered Disability, Spirituality, and Musicality in ‘Life on a String’”. the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Chicago, IL
Xiao, H. (8/21/2014 - 8/21/2014). Why Are These Papers So Bad?: Scaffolding Research and Writing Skills to Improve Student Learning. 2014 KU Teaching Summit. Lawrence, KS
Xiao, H. (4/10/2014 - 4/12/2014). The Future is the Past: Youth and Nostalgia in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Lexington, KY
Xiao, H. F. (3/25/2014). “Screening the Me Generation: Memory, Nostalgia, and Youth Crisis in Chinese Cinema.”. CEAS Tea and Talk. Lawrence, KU
Xiao, H. F. (6/5/2013 - 6/5/2013). “Family Revolution in Post-Revolutionary China: Divorce in Literature and Visual Culture.”. Invited talk at the Wenxin Lecture Series of the Beijing Normal University (Beijing Shifan Daxue). Beijing, China

Selected Grants

Research Excellence Fund. Submitted 9/1/2017 (8/1/2018 - 12/31/2018). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
"China’s Me Generation: Screening Youth Culture in the New Millennium". University of Kansas. $5888.00. Submitted 1/31/2014 (7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015). The 2013-2014 GRF supported my previous project “Family Revolution in Post-Revolutionary China: Divorce in Literature and Visual Culture, 1980-2010.” Thanks to this support, I have completed the final revision and editing of my book manuscript, which has been accepted and scheduled to release in 2014 by the University of Washington Press.. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

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