Hua Li


Office: Gaines 118A
Phone: 994-6449

Fall 2018 Classes:

CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I, MW 10:00-10:50 a.m.
                                                          & TR 9:50-10:40 a.m.

CHIN 201D Intermediate Chinese I, MTWR 11:00-11:50 a.m.

CHIN 492 Advanced Chinese I, TR 1:40-2:55 p.m.


Spring 2019 Classes:

CHIN 102D Elementary Chinese II, MTWR 11:00-11:50 a.m.

CHIN 202D Intermediate Chinese II, MW 10:00-10:50 a.m.
                                                                 & TR 9:50-10:40 a.m.



B.A. in English, Harbin Engineering University, 1991

M.A. in Chinese Literature, University of British Columbia, 2002

Ph.D. in Chinese Literature, University of British Columbia, 2007


Research Interests:

I am primarily interested in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, with a focus on the literary works of Yu Hua and Su Tong. My book entitled Contemporary Chinese Fiction by Su Tong and Yu Hua: Coming of Age in Troubled Times was published by Brill in 2011. This is a study of the coming-of-age experiences of Chinese youth during the Cultural Revolution as reflected in contemporary Chinese Chengzhangxiaoshuo / Bildungsroman fiction, specifically Yu Hua'sCries in the Drizzle and Su Tong's North Side Story. Besides the interest in coming of age stories, I am also do research on the literary works of other contemporary Chinese writers, as well as Chinese cinema. Now I am working on Chinese science fiction.


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Contemporary Chinese Fiction by Su Tong and Yu Hua: Coming of Age in Troubled Times, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011.

Book Chapter
“A Functionalist Scientific Worldview in the Early Chinese Science Fiction Story ‘Tales of the New Mr. Bragadoccio,’” in Salutations; a Festschrift for Burton Watson, edited by Jesse Glass and Philip F. Williams, pp.46-70. Tokyo: Ahabada Books, 2015.

Refereed Articles
“The Political Imagination in Liu Cixin’s Critical Utopia: China 2185,” Science Fiction Studies 42:3 (Nov. 2015): 519–541.

“Manufactured Landscapes in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction,” Forum for World Literature Studies, 6:3 (September 2014): 443–456.

“Entrapment and Enclosure: The Poetics of Space and Time in Yu Hua’s Two Short Stories,” Rocky Mountain review, 67: 2 (Fall 2013): 106-123.

“Gender Roles and Their Displacement in Tuya’s Marriage,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 7: 2 (2013): 123–137.

“Doing Things Right with Communist Party Language: An Analysis of Yu Hua’s Exploitation of Mao-era Rhetoric,” China Information, 26 (March 2012): 87-104.

“Representing Emigration and Globalization in Wang Xiaoshuai’s Drifters” (谈王小帅在《二弟》中对移民与全球化问题的影视探讨),Culture Research (文化研究),vol.11 (June 2011): 265-277.

“From Christianity in China to Chinese Christianity: Missing History Since 1583 and Recent Academic Debates in English,” Illumine, The Journal of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, vol. 2 (November 2003): 9–16.

“Chinese Avant-Gardism: A Representative Study of Yu Hua’s '1986'," BC Asian Review 13 (Spring 2002): 36–48.

Forthcoming Refereed Article
“A Cautionary View of Rhetoric About China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ and ‘Soft Power’ in Liu Cixin’s Alternate History, ‘The Western Ocean’,” Frontier of Literary Studies in China, due out in winter, 2015. 

Book Reviews
“Book Review on Winter Sun,” World Literature Today, vol. 87, no. 2 (March-April, 2013): 152-153.

“Book Review on Yu Hua’s Cries in the Drizzle,” Pacific Affairs, vol.81, no.4, (February 2009): 625.

“The Meeting of the Twain: Book Review on Zhang Longxi’s Unexpected Affinities” in Literary Review of Canada 15, no.5 (June 2007): 11–12.

Scholarly Entries in Referred Journals
“Introduction to Su Tong,” Chinese Literature Today 3, no. 1 & 2: 51.

“A Conversation with Su Tong,” Chinese Literature Today 3, no. 1 & 2: 58-61. 

Zhang Xuexin, “Su Tong’s Aesthetics,” tr. Hua Li, Chinese Literature Today 3, no. 1 & 2: 62-65. 

Conference Proceedings Articles
“Chinese Vocabulary Acquisition – A Case Study,” in Conference Proceeding of the 11th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, Sichuan University and New York City University, Chengdu, China, June 2013, pp. 167-175.

Use D2L to Drive Students’ Desire to Learn Chinese,” in Conference Proceedings ofTechnology & Chinese Language Teaching at the 7th International Conference & Workshops, University of Hawai’i, 2012, pp. 219-225. 


With students in China, summer 2013

       Hua with students in China, summer 2013