Working across ancient philosophy, literature, and media studies, Dr. Yu specializes in contemporary Chinese humanities.
My research has focused on contemporary Chinese cinema, TV, and new
media, comparative philosophy and critical theory, adaptation and
counterfeit culture, transmedia narratives, and global
neoliberalization. My first book project, entitled "Unoriginal Sin:
Visual Consumption and the Emergence of a New Middle Class in Global
China," examines the formation of a global urban middle-class
consciousness and commodity-based sociality in postsocialist China as
well as across the digital Sinosphere. Bringing together literary,
cultural and socioeconomic analyses, it studies the unique role
audiovisual media plays in expressing and shaping this imagineered
middle class—its moral-psychic structure, (ir)rational self-management,
and cultural-political identification.
My teaching reflects the intellectual architecture of a comparatist who navigates between the Euro-American and East Asian cultural traditions. Currently, I am teaching a course on classical Chinese literature and philosophy as well as a year-long graduate seminar, Reinterpreting and Redefining "Cultural China." I have also expanded my course offerings to include topics on global Chinese/Sinophone literature, and visual culture and social spaces in contemporary Chinese cities. These courses are developed to meet students' rising interest in globalizing China and popular culture in East Asia.
- Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), New York University
- M.A. (Comparative Literature), University of California, Irvine
- B.A./M.A. (East Asian Studies), New York University
- Henry MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, New York University (2009-2013)
- GSAS Dean’s Travel Grant, New York University (2011)
- International Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship, East China Normal University
- Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (declined)
- Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2007-2009)
- MOFA Scholarship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan R.O.C. (2007)
- Taiwan Scholarship, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (2006)