The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

         California State University, Los Angeles


Qingyun Wu
Associate Professor of Chinese 
Office: King Hall A3030 
PHONE: (323) 343 4242 
FAX: (323) 343-2281 
Email: [email protected] 


I am coordinator of Chinese program, director of Chinese Studies Center, and advisor for the Chinese Students Association


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1991, The Pennsylvania State University
M. A., English, 1987, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Diploma in English, 1977, Central London Polytechnic, Britain.
B. A. in English, 1975, Kaifeng Normal University, China.


I am interested in teaching Chinese language and literature at all levels, in organizing guest lectures and cultural activities for faculty as well as students in the field of Chinese studies.


I have been doing research in Chinese Ming-Qing Novel, Chinese women's literature, and Chinese utopian thought.  I like to explore Chinese subjects from an East-West comparative perspective.  Recently, I have been working on two major projects: Chinese lesbian literature by women, and discovering the lost tanci texts by Qing women.  I am still patching up my Annotated Bibliography of Chinese Women's Literature and Feminist Criticisms.  I am also interested in literary translation.  My life-long ambition is to bring the other two texts involved in my book Female Rule in Chinese and English Literary Utopias into the English-speaking world: The Destiny of the Next Life by Chen Duansheng and Sanbao's Expeditions to the Western Ocean by Luo Maodeng.



1. Female Rule in Chinese and English Literary Utopias . Syracuse University Press, 1995.

2. The Remote Country of Women (A novel by Bai Hua, translated in collaboration with Thomas  Beebee).  University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

3. Clouds and Rain: A China-to-America Memoir. (A novel) Evanston: Evanston Publishing Co., 1994.

4. Renyuan Taishan (Tarzan of the Apes, a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs). Trans. China: Huanghe Literature  and Arts Press, 1987.

5. Nuowei Tonghua Xuan (Norwegian Fairy Tales, a book, selected from different authors). Trans. China: Haiyan (Petrel) Press, 1986.

6. Liushu Fengsheng (The Wind in the Willows, a book by Kenneth Graham).  Co-translated with  Shi Tianting.   China: Henan Children's Press, 1985.


"Anna Weamys. A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia" (book review) published in the Journal of Utopian Studies, Volume 7, No.1, 1996. pp.154-155.

"Bondage, Stuttering, and Impotence: Billy Budd, The Temple of Golden Pavilion, and Half of Man is Woman" (a comparative study of American, Japanese, and Chinese fiction), pp.243-252 in Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Symposium on Asian Studies, 1994 (Hong Kong), June 1995.

"Lu Xun," In Magill's Survey of World Literature, Supplement, edited by Frank N. Magill. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp., August 1995. pp. 2511-1519.

"Chinese Women Writers' Two Major Concerns: Society and Women." Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Symposium on Asian Studies, 1992. Published by Asian Research Service (Hong Kong) in 1994. pp.139-145.

"ZHANG JIE," Critical Survey of Short Fiction (Revised Edition), Pasadena: Salem Press, 1993. pp 2540-2547.

"A Chinese Reader's Response to Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men," MELUX (The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethic Literature of the United States) 7.3 (1992): 85-94.

"Feminist Potentialities and Dilemmas: The Changelings and The Destiny of the Next Life," The Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Asian Studies, 1991.  ( A comparison of Japanese and Chinese court tales) (Hong Kong 1992): 211-221.

"Anecdotes of Minister Maimaiti: A Uygur Man's Black Humor" (a story by Wang Meng), trans. in anthology, Return Trip Tango, edited by Frank MacShane and Lori M. Carlson. Columbia University Press, 1992. pp.159-173. It was originally published in Translation: Literary Translation (1990) pp 171-187.

"I Think. . . " ( an essay on Chinese estheticism by Geng Zhanchun), trans & intro. (with Thomas Beebee). Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature. 38 (1989).   pp 120-133.

"Seen Through the Funhouse Mirror: American Black Humor in Wang Meng's Anecdotes of Minister Maimaiti" Cowrie: A Chinese Journal of Comparative Literature 1:5 (1988): 92-108.

"Wang Meng de Maimaiti Chuzhang Yishi he Meiguo Heise Youmo" ("Wang Meng's Anecdotes of Minister Maimaiti and American Black Humor," Journal of ZhengZhou University 50 No.1 (1986): 17-24.

"Zhuanji Wenxue de Xingqi" ("The Rise of Literary Biography"), Trans. Journal of Literary Biography, 2 (1986): 133-145, in China.


"Images of Women in Zhang Yimou's Films," presented at CSLA Faculty Colloquium in May 1996.

"Favorable Clashes: Culture, Language, and Business in a Chinese Course" presented at the conference of the Center for International Business Education and Research, The Rancho Santa Fe Inn, San Diego, May 3-4, 1996.

"Sexualizing Chinese Mythology: Insights and Problems," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (Honolulu), April 11-14, 1996.

"Images of Don Juan in a Cross-Cultural History: Trickster, Rogue, Rebel and Individualist," presented at the Symposium "New Insights into the Character of Don Juan," held by Teatro Universitario en Espanol with the cooperation of the office of Education, Consulate of Spain, Los Angeles and the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society at Cal State LA.

"The True Influence of Han Shan on Gary Snyder's Poetry," presented at the International Symposium on Chinese Culture and the World in Shanghai International Studies University (P. R. China) on April 30-May 4, 1995.

"Disbanding the Central Kingdom: Democracy, Migration, and Nationalism in Bao Mi's Yellow Peril," presented at the (Berkeley) Center for Chinese Studies Annual Symposium on "Empire, Nation, and Region: The Chinese World Order Reconsidered," March 3-4, 1995, UC Berkeley.

"Transvestism, Lesbian Desire, and utopian Polygamy in Women's Tanci Fiction," presented at the Annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, April 6-9, 1995, in Washington.

"Feminist Utopian Discourse in Qing Vernacular Literature," a panel organized by Qingyun Wu for the AAS Annual Meeting in Washington, April 6-9, 1995.

"Westernized Utopias in Early 20th Century China," presented at the Society for Utopian Studies 1993 Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, November 4-7, 1993.

"Rewriting Eastern and Western Myths in Works by American Chinese Writers," a lecture given to the second Workshop of Chinese Creative Writing organized by Chinese Writers Association Los Angeles Chapter on August 21, 1993.

"Women in Man's Guise: Female Transvestism in Chinese Fiction and Life" Faculty Colloquium, May 25, 1993 at California State University, Los Angeles. This talk was reported both in Chinese Daily News and International Daily News. Half an hour TV interview about the talk by Channel 18 KSCI showed on its "Tea Time" in June.

"Pebbles That Fill Up the Sea: Qiu Jin's Feminist Utopian Vision" MLA (Modern Languages Association) Convention at New York in December 1992

"Validity of Western Feminist Theories in Interpreting Chinese Texts," Rethinking Critical Theory and Chinese Literary Studies (Second Conference of the American Association of Chinese Comparative Literature) University of California , Los Angeles, March 20-22, 1992.

"Democracy and Reform in Contemporary Chinese Literary Writings," An International Conference on Democracy in Mainland China and Taiwan: Prospects for Unification, Penn State University, July 16-18, 1991.

"Exposure and Exploration in Contemporary Chinese Feminist Fiction: What's Wrong with Him (Her)? and The Inescapable Fate." Annual Meeting of AAS, Chicago, April 5-8, 1990.

"From Matriarchy to Anarchy by the Female Principle: The Remote Country of Women and The Dispossessed," Annual Meeting of the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), Penn State University, March 29-31, 1990.

"Wieland: A Novel of Modern Complexity," Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 7-10, 1990.

"A Chinese Reader's Response to Kingston's China Men." MLA Convention, Washington, December 27-30, 1989.

"Love/Reader/Writer: Humbert's Discourse in Lolita Examined in Light of Barthes' Theory." Annual Meeting of the ACLA at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, March 8-11, 1989.

"The Discourse of Impersonation: The Destiny of the Next Life and Gloriana; Or, The Revolution of 1900." Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University, September 16-18, 1988.

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