About Li-Ping Chen

Li-Ping Chen is Dornsife Teaching Fellow in General Education in Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include literary translingualism, diaspora, and nativism in Sinophone, inter-Asian, and transpacific contexts.

Li-Ping Chen is Dornsife Teaching Fellow in General Education in Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include literary translingualism, diaspora, and nativism in Sinophone, inter-Asian, and transpacific contexts.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Li-Ping:

Cheow Thia Chan, "Malaysian Crossings: Place and Language in the Worlding of Modern Chinese Literature" (Columbia UP, 2022)

February 10, 2024

Malaysian Crossings

Cheow Thia Chan
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Malaysian Chinese (Mahua) literature is marginalized on several fronts. In the international literary space, which privileges the Wes…

Wayne Soon, "Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History" (Stanford UP, 2020)

December 19, 2023

Global Medicine in China

Wayne Soon
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Today I talked to Wayne Soon about his book Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History (Stanford UP, 2020). In 1938, one year into the Second Sino…

Wu Jieh-min, "Rival Partners: How Taiwanese Entrepreneurs and Guangdong Officials Forged the China Development Model" (Harvard UP, 2022)

November 9, 2023

Rival Partners

Wu Jieh-min
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen
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Taiwan has been depicted as an island facing the incessant threat of forcible unification with the People’s Republic of China. Why, then, has Taiwan …

Angelina Chin, "Unsettling Exiles: Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong and the Southern Periphery During the Cold War" (Columbia UP, 2023)

October 5, 2023

Unsettling Exiles

Angelina Chin
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The conventional story of Hong Kong celebrates the people who fled the mainland in the wake of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in…

Beth Tsai, "Taiwan New Cinema at Film Festivals" (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

August 28, 2023

Taiwan New Cinema at Film Festivals

Beth Tsai
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Taiwan New Cinema (first wave, 1982–1989; second wave, 1990 onward) has a unique history regarding film festivals, particularly in the way these film…

Chia-rong Wu and Ming-ju Fan, "Taiwan Literature in the 21st Century: A Critical Reader" (Springer, 2023)

May 16, 2023

Taiwan Literature in the 21st Century

Chia-rong Wu and Ming-ju Fan
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Taiwan Literature in the 21st Century: A Critical Reader (Springer, 2023) is an anthology of research co-edited by Dr. Chia-rong Wu (University of Can…

Li-Chun Hsiao, "The Soldier-Writer, the Expatriate, and Cold War Modernism in Taiwan" (Lexington Books, 2022)

April 18, 2023

The Soldier-Writer, the Expatriate, and Cold War Modernism in Taiwan

Li-Chun Hsiao
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

The Soldier-Writer, the Expatriate, and Cold War Modernism in Taiwan: Freedom in the Trenches (Lexington Books, 2022) argues that what appeared to be…

Ian Rowen, "One China, Many Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross-Strait Tourism" (Cornell UP, 2023)

March 17, 2023

One China, Many Taiwans

Ian Rowen
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

One China, Many Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross-Strait Tourism (Cornell UP, 2023) shows how tourism performs and transforms territory. In 2008, as t…

Pei-yin Lin and Wen-chi Li, "Taiwanese Literature as World Literature" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

February 21, 2023

Taiwanese Literature as World Literature

Pei-yin Lin and Wen-chi Li
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Owing to Taiwan’s multi-ethnic nature and palimpsestic colonial past, Taiwanese literature is naturally multilingual. Although it can be analyzed thro…

Nicholas de Villiers, "Cruisy, Sleepy, Melancholy: Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-Liang" (U Minnesota Press, 2022)

December 14, 2022

Cruisy, Sleepy, Melancholy

Nicholas de Villiers
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

A critical figure in queer Sinophone cinema—and the first director ever commissioned to create a film for the permanent collection of the Louvre—Tsai …

Meredith Schweig, "Renegade Rhymes: Rap Music, Narrative, and Knowledge in Taiwan" (U Chicago Press, 2022)

November 11, 2022

Renegade Rhymes

Meredith Schweig
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Like many states emerging from oppressive political rule, Taiwan saw a cultural explosion in the late 1980s, when nearly four decades of martial law …

Michael Keevak, "On Saving Face: A Brief History of Western Appropriation" (Hong Kong UP, 2022)

October 21, 2022

On Saving Face

Michael Keevak
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

In On Saving Face: A Brief History of Western Appropriation (Hong Kong UP, 2022), Michael Keevak traces the Western reception of the Chinese concept o…

Fiona Moore, "Global Taiwanese: Asian Skilled Labour Migrants in a Changing World" (U Toronto Press, 2021)

August 17, 2022

Global Taiwanese

Fiona Moore
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

In Global Taiwanese: Asian Skilled Labour Migrants in a Changing World (U Toronto Press, 2021), Fiona Moore explores the different ways in which Taiwa…

Hsin-I Cheng, "Cultivating Membership in Taiwan and Beyond: Relational Citizenship" (Lexington, 2021)

July 19, 2022

Cultivating Membership in Taiwan and Beyond

Hsin-I Cheng
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Citizenship is traditionally viewed as a legal status to be possessed. Cultivating Membership in Taiwan and Beyond: Relational Citizenship (Lexington…

Michael Berry, "The Musha Incident: A Reader on the Indigenous Uprising in Colonial Taiwan" (Columbia UP, 2022)

June 15, 2022

The Musha Incident

Michael Berry
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

On October 27, 1930, members of six Taiwanese indigenous groups ambushed the Japanese attendees of an athletic competition at the Musha Elementary Sch…

Andrew D. Morris, "Defectors from the PRC to Taiwan, 1960-1989: The Anti-Communist Righteous Warriors" (Routledge, 2022)

May 20, 2022

Defectors from the PRC to Taiwan, 1960-1989

Andrew D. Morris
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Defections from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were an important part of the narrative of the Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan during the Cold …

Szu-Wen Kung, "Translation of Contemporary Taiwan Literature in a Cross-Cultural Context" (Routledge, 2021)

April 19, 2022

Translation of Contemporary Taiwan Literature in a Cross-Cultural Context

Szu-Wen Kung
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Translation of Contemporary Taiwan Literature in a Cross-Cultural Context (Routledge, 2021) explores the social, cultural, and linguistic implications…

Ken Chih-Yan Sun, "Time and Migration: How Long-Term Taiwanese Migrants Negotiate Later Life" (Cornell UP, 2021)

March 24, 2022

Time and Migration

Ken Chih-Yan Sun
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Based on longitudinal ethnographic work on migration between the United States and Taiwan, Time and Migration: How Long-Term Taiwanese Migrants Negoti…

Peilin Liang, "Bodies and Transformance in Taiwanese Contemporary Theater" (Routledge, 2021)

February 7, 2022

Bodies and Transformance in Taiwanese Contemporary Theater

Peilin Liang
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Proposing the concept of transformance, a conscious and rigorous process of self-cultivation toward a reconceptualized body, Liang shows how theater p…

Howard Chiang, "Queer Taiwanese Literature: A Reader" (Cambria Press, 2021)

January 24, 2022

Queer Taiwanese Literature

Howard Chiang
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

As the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia and host the first annual gay pride in the Sinophone Pacific, Taiwan is a historic center of …

Chun-Yi Peng, "Mediatized Taiwanese Mandarin: Popular Culture, Masculinity, and Social Perceptions" (Springer, 2021)

December 15, 2021

Mediatized Taiwanese Mandarin

Chun-Yi Peng
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Mediatized Taiwanese Mandarin: Popular Culture, Masculinity, and Social Perceptions (Springer, 2021) explores how language ideologies have emerged for…

Darryl Sterk, "Indigenous Cultural Translation: A Thick Description of Seediq Bale" (Routledge, 2020)

November 23, 2021

Indigenous Cultural Translation

Darryl Sterk
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Indigenous Cultural Translation: A Thick Description of Seediq Bale (Routledge, 2020) is about the process that made it possible to film the 2011 Taiw…

Chia-Rong Wu, "Remapping the Contested Sinosphere: The Cross-Cultural Landscape and Ethnoscape of Taiwan" (Cambria Press, 2020)

November 5, 2021

Remapping the Contested Sinosphere

Chia-Rong Wu
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

In the past four hundred years, the cultural position of Taiwan has been undergoing a series of drastic changes due to constant political turmoil. Fro…

Dafydd Fell, "Taiwan's Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan" (Routledge, 2021)

September 21, 2021

Taiwan's Green Parties

Dafydd Fell
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Examining the Green Party Taiwan (GPT) since its establishment through the aftermath of the most recent national elections in January 2020, Dafydd Fel…