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Yun A. Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator


Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Early modern Chinese fiction
  • Sinophone fiction and film
  • Narrative theories 
  • Translation studies
  • Chinese print culture
Her research interests include modern Chinese and Sinophone fiction and film, with a focus on late imperial and early Republican Chinese short stories. Her latest work concerns the transformation of the Chinese short story that occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century, when large-scale narrative, linguistic, and formal experimentations of the genre took place and permanently changed the narrative and stylistic features of Chinese fiction. Her ongoing research is dedicated to identifying the various literary forms and genres that inspired the above-mentioned literary transformation.

Professional Experience

She has taught courses on modern Chinese fiction and film, global Sinophone fiction and film, and Chinese language courses at all levels. 

Publications and Media Placements

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf: Wolf Totem as a Destructive Narrative amongst Educated Youth Literature,” Southeastern Conference, Association of Asian Studies (SEC–AAS), 2021.

“How to Read ‘Translated’ Stories in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literary Magazines: A Proposal for Reappraisal,” Southeastern Conference, Association of Asian Studies (SEC–AAS), 2020.

“Beyond the Voices We Hear: Diversified Narrative Modes in the Yueyue xiaoshuo Short Stories, 1906–9,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 2020, 14 (4): 515-548.

Translation of Wu Jianren’s Short Story “School Inspection,” Renditions Autumn 2019, 92: 119-122.

“Two Circles in One Romance: The Juxtaposition of Various Literary Forms in the Translated Short Story ‘Shaungquan mei,’ 1908,” the 68th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), 2019.

“Reading the Liu Yong Tales: A Study of Sources, Readership, and Narrative Structure of Feng Menglong’s Adaptation of a Huaben Story,” the 67th MCAA, 2018.

“New Love Stories: Romantic Encounters, Relationships and Marriages in the Translated Short Stories in The All-Story Monthly, 1906–1909,” ACLA Conference, 2018.