Xu Lanjun

Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Aug 2017 to May 2018

University Affiliation

Xu Lanjun is an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from Peking University, and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her research interests include modern Chinese literature and culture, cultural history of children and youth in modern China, cold war politics and Chinese cinemas. She is the author of Chinese Children and War: Education, Nation and Popular Culture (in Chinese) (Peking University Press, 2015). She has recently completed an English book manuscript tentatively titled The Child and Chinese Modernity: Culture, Nation and Technologies of Childhood in Modern China. At the Harvard-Yenching Institute, she will work on her new English book project, The Cold War Cultural Nexus of China–Hong Kong–Southeast Asia: Cinema, Literature and Theatre (1940s-1960s). By examining the flow of PRC literature, cinema, radio, and theatres in Southeast Asia, her study employs a perspective of “inter-Asian connections” to study the complexity and multidimensionality of China’s cultural presence within the context of the changing social and political milieu of the 1950s and 1960s.

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