RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, CONFERENCE PAPERS

AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES  

 

SCHOLARLY

Victorian/Comparative Literature/Translingual

 

Books

 

The Bronte Sisters in Other Wor(l)ds. Co-editor and contributing author. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (215 pages, ISBN 978-1-137-40514-2)

 

Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 (240 pages, ISBN 978-0230120877)

 

Literature (Western Literary Studies: Traditions, Trends, and Topics). Co-editor/Contributing Author. Beijing: People’s University of China Press, 2007 (269 pages, ISBN 978-7-08261-5)

 

Voices in Tragic Harmony: Essays on Thomas Hardy's Fiction and Poetry (co-author: William Morgan, Vice President of the Thomas Hardy Association of North America). Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2001 (279 pages, ISBN 7-81080-162-7)

 

Western Writing Theories, Pedagogies, and Practices. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2000 (462 pages, ISBN 7-81046-551-1)

 

Journal Articles and Conference Papers

 

“(Re)Touched by An Angel? Changing Portraits as Fictional Characters Traverse between Languages/Cultures.” Panel Proposal. ALTA 2015 Conference. October 28-31, 2015, Tucson, AZ.

 

“Ratchet it Up or Tone it Down: Translating Hardy’s The Well-Beloved and an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Flash Fiction.” Conference Paper. ALTA 2015 Conference. October 28-31, 2015, Tucson, AZ.

 

“Anxiety, Angst, and the Search for Hardy’s Chinese Tw[a]in.” Per invitation of the editor of Global Hardy, a special issue of Literature Compass, University of Exeter, UK. Forthcoming 2014.

 

“Anxiety, Angst, and the Search for Hardy’s Chinese Tw(a)in.” 20th International Thomas Hardy Conference, Dorchester, UK, 18-26 August 2012.   

 

“Translation and Transmutation: Hardy in the Post-Mao, Market-Driven China.” Article. the Hardy Review. The Thomas Hardy Association. VIV-I (Spring 2012): 47-58.

 

“Transmutation under Borrowed Lenses: The ‘Success Story’ of Thomas Hardy in the Post-Mao, Market-Driven China. Hardy at Yale International Conference. June 9-12, 2011. Yale University, New Haven, CT. Sponsored by the Thomas Hardy Association.

 

“Mightier, Double-Edged Sword: Translation of Western Texts, Nationhood, and Cultural Survival for China at the Turn of the 20th Century.” 2011 Modern Language Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA. January 6-9, 2011.

 

“Teaching Non-Western Literature through Translation.” Panel organizer. 2010 American Literary Translators Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. October 20-23, 2010.

 

“Is There a ‘Good’ Text in this Class? Pedagogies and Politics in Teaching Modern Chinese Literature through Translation.” Paper presentation. 2010 American Literary Translators Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. October 20-23, 2010.

 

“The Curious Case of Translating One’s Own Literary Work.” Panel organizer. 2010 American Literary Translators Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. October 20 - 23, 2010.

 

“The Curious Case of Literary Self-Translation.” Paper presentation. 2010 American Literary Translators Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. October 20 - 23, 2010.

 

“Old Wine in New Bottles? Flash Fiction from Contemporary China.” Essay. The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. Ed by Tara L. Masih. Brookline, MA: the Rose Metal Press. Summer 2009. 15-23 [Finalist of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards 2009] 

 

“‘You deceived me—not by words, but by appearances’: First Impressions and Tragic Consequences in The Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure.” 18th International Thomas Hardy Conference. Dorchester, UK.  26th July – 2nd August 2008.

 

“Traditions and Trends in Western Literary Genre Studies.” Foreign Literature Studies. Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2007 (Wuhan, China. Top journal in foreign literature studies; indexed by the Arts & Humanities Citation Index): 50-61.

 

“Imagining Thomas Hardy in the Globalized World Today.” Hardy at Yale International Conference. June 14-17, 2007. Yale University, New Haven, CT. Sponsored by the Thomas Hardy Association.

---   Panel Organizer: “Thomas Hardy and the Globalized World.”

 

"Triple Jeopardy: Censoring and Self-Censoring in Writing, Rewriting, and Translating Bridging the Pacific." Biennual Conference for Contemporary Literary Translation: Tyrannies of the Target Language. Stevens Institute of Technology. Hoboken, New Jersey. Nov. 17th-19th, 2000.

 

“Why Do These Flowers Blooming Inside the Garden Wall Smell More Fragrant to Passers-by Outside? A Cultural Study of Receptions of Contemporary Chinese Movies at Home and Abroad.” The Second Annual Conference on World Literature. Appalachian State University/University of North Carolina, April 25-6, 1997.

 

“Forever Behind: A Critical Narrative of a Half-Hearted Hardy Fan.” Thomas Hardy Conference. University of Georgia, May 5-7, 1995.

 

“Those Notorious Short Story Handbooks.” Annual Conference of 1993 American Culture Society in the South/Popular Culture Association in the South. Nashville, Oct., 1993.

 

“Towards Empowering Students: An Experiment in Reading/Writing.” The Third Symposium in Teaching Writing. Illinois State University, March, 1993.

 

“Shift of Emphasis in the American Short Story and the Cultural Institutions.” Text and Context: Ideological Tension in the Discipline. University of Missouri, Feb., 1993.

 

“On the Tragic Rhythm of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles.” Foreign Literature (premier publication in foreign literature studies).  Jan./Feb., 1989 (Wuhan, China). 73-75.

 

 “Realism and Expressionism in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape.” Teaching and Research. Nov., 1988. Luoyang, China. 51-56.

 

“On Arthur Miller's The Death of a Salesman: A Structural Approach.” The Journal of Nanjing Teachers University. Nov., 1987 (Nanjing, China). 53-57.

 

“Towards an Appraisal of the Aesthetic Value of the Tragic Novels in the 19th and Early 20th-Century European and American Literature.” The Journal of Nanjing Teachers University. March, 1987 (Nanjing, China). 25-33.

 

“On the Tragic Effect of Thomas Hardy's Major Novels II.” Teaching and Research (premier journal in foreign language/literature teaching and research) June, 1986 (Luoyang, China). 58-63.

 

“On the Tragic Effect of Thomas Hardy's Major Novels I.” Teaching and Research (premier journal in foreign language/literature teaching and research). March, 1986 (Luoyang, China). 28-36.

 

Creative

Fiction/Nonfiction/Literary Translation/Screenplays

 

The Empress Dowager and I. Co-writer. A (full-length, feature) screenplay currently being considered for production, 2013.      

 

China Complex: From the Sublime to the Absurd on the U.S.-China Scene. Nonfiction and Fiction. San Francisco: Long River Press, 2009 (227 pages, ISBN 9781592650798).

 

The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China. Preface and Translation. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2008 (345 pages, ISBN 978-1-93330-62-4).

 

Best Chinese Flash Fiction: An Anthology. Chinese-English Bilingual Edition. English translation and preface. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2005 (2007, Vol. I: 313 pages, ISBN 978-7-5466-0496; Vol. II: 318 pages, ISBN 978-7-5466-0579-3).

 

Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China. A novel. Southington, CT: WindsAsClouds Press, 2011.

--- A three-act play (based on the same story of the American Korean War POW in China)

--- A (full-length, feature) screenplay about an American Korean War POW who chose to go to China at the time of armistice. [Stage Reading produced by Emmy-winning Louisa Burns-Bisogno and Ellen Muir, directed by Pam McDaniel. National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences New York. 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM, March 24, 2008.]

---  A Chinese version staged by the prestigious Shanghai Theater Academy (April 24-28, 2009).

 

“A Leaf Falls.” Short Story. The Connecticut Review. Fall 2009. 13-18.

 

Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories. Short Fiction Collection. San Francisco: Long River Press, 2007 (235 pages, ISBN 978-1-59265-068-2).

 

“Love Me, Love My Dog.” Short Story. AMBIT. Issue 185, Spring 2006. London, UK. 30-40.

 

When the Purple Mountain Burns: A Novel. San Francisco: Long River Press, 2005 (273 pages, ISBN 1-59265-041-4).

---   Simplified Chinese edition. Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2005 (282 pages, ISBN 7-208-05602-1) [This edition was one of China’s “Top 100 WWII-Themed Books” nationally recommended to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of WWII (2005), the only original novel on the prestigious list.]

---   Classic Chinese edition. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Joint Press, 2005 (334 pages, ISBN 962-04-2466-2)

 

---  A (full-length, feature) screenplay based on When the Purple Mountain Burns (see above). Optioned for production. 

 

“Red Guard’s Fantasies.” Short Story. AMBIT. Issue 181. Summer 2005. London, UK. 70-80.

 

"The Evidence." Short Story. Feminist Studies. Summer 2005. University of Maryland. 400-415.

 

The Swallow: Musings on Cross-Cultural Experience and (Mis)Understanding. Nonfiction Collection. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2003 (236 pages, ISBN 7-81080-638-6).

 

Bridging the Pacific: Searching for Cross-Cultural Understanding Between the United States and China. Nonfiction Collection. San Francisco: China Books, 2000 (204 pages, 0-8351-2675-7). 

 

Beyond the Pacific. Nonfiction Collection. Henan: Henan People's Publishing House, 1999 (215 pages, ISBN 7-215-04501-3/C).

 

The Well-Beloved. Thomas Hardy. Literary Translation. Nanjing: Yiling/Translation Press, 1998 (198 pages, ISBN 7-80567-867-7).

 

A Pair of Blue Eyes. Thomas Hardy. Literary (Co-)Translation. Nanjing: Yiling/Translation Press, 1994 (484 pages, ISBN 7-80567-321-7).

 

 “Transient in the East.” Short Story. The Wildwood Journal. Spring, 1998. Harrisburg, PA. 9-20.

 

“The Shuttle Bus.” Short Story. The Yuhua Magazine (premier national literary magazine)  April, 1997. China.

 

“The Swallow.” Short Story. The Wildwood Journal. May, 1997. Harrisburg, PA. 51-59.

 

 

WORK-IN-PROGRESS

Adapting Western Classics for the Chinese Stage

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

Books

 

Effective Academic Writing in English: An Essential Guide. National Higher Education English Major Textbook Series. Co-author. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2nd ed., 2013 (263 pages, ISBN 9787544632720, 1st ed., 2005)

 

Success in Advanced English Writing: A Comprehensive Guide. National Textbook Series for English Majors. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2nd ed., 2011 (490 pages, ISBN 978-7-5446-2355-101; 1st ed., 2000)

 

Candid Voices: Essays by American College Students. Editor. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2004 (348 pages, ISBN 7-81080-932-6)

 

Best Contemporary American Essays. Editor. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2003 (350 pages, ISBN 7-81080-593-2)

 

The New Century Guide in Practical English Communication. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press/Shanghai International Studies University, 2000. (529 pages, ISBN 7-81046-919-3)

 

Essays, Book Reviews, etc.

 

“Building a Bridge of Understanding between the United States and China.”  World Chinese Writers. No. 25, July 2010. 12.

 

"The Simple Pleasure of Books." Essay. The Connecticut Review. Fall, 2003. 113-120.

 

"The Crazed." Book Review. The Vanguard. April/May. 2003, Connecticut.

 

"Tenure: A Novel." Book Review. The Vanguard.  Feb./March 2003, Connecticut.

 

“Academic Animals: A Bestiary of Higher-Education Teaching and How It Got That Way.” Book Review.  The Vanguard. Oct../Nov. 2002, Connecticut.

 

 “The Web in Higher Education: Assessing the Impact and Fulfilling the Potential.” Book Review. The Vanguard. Aug./Sept. 2002, Connecticut.

 

“The Lost Diary of Iris Weed.” Book Review. The Vanguard. Jan/Feb. 2002, Connecticut.

 

“The Dominance of English in the World.” Essay. Youth Reference (premier national publication; both electronic and print version) May 14, 1999. Beijing, China. 6.

 

"US-China Relations in the Eyes of American College Students." Essay. Youth Reference. (premier national publication; both electronic and print version) April 30, 1999. Beijing, China. 3.

 

"Cold-War Mentality of US Mainstream Media." Essay. Youth Reference (premier national publication; both electronic and print version) April 23, 1999. Beijing, China. 6.

 

"The Reception of Contemporary Chinese Movies at Home and Abroad." Essay. Youth Reference (premier national publication; both electronic and print version) March 26, 1999. Beijing, China. 6.

 

“My Car Complex.” Essay. Hubei Today. Monthly April, 1999. China.

 

“I Want to Adopt a Chinese Girl, Too.” Essay. Youth Reference (premier national publication; both electronic and print version) Feb. 19, 1999. China. 7.

 

 “Hubris and Humility: Is There A Happy Mean?” Essay. The Harrisburg Magazine. March, 1998. Harrisburg, PA. 12-13.

 

“Elegy in Spring.” A Poem. People's Daily--Overseas Edition (premier national publication). April 17, 1996. China.

 

 “Translating Names of Small Towns.” Article. Jiangsu Science & Technology. June, 1995. China. 28-29.

 

Columns/Op-Ed/Other

 

“Capitalism Running Amok in Today’s China.” News-Times Aug. 19, 2007. Danbury, CT.

 

“China at Crossroads.” The Patriot-News Oct. 3, 1999. Harrisburg, PA.

 

"Fire, Fire, Everywhere: In Commemoration of Tiananmen Square." The Patriot-News June 4, 1999. Harrisburg, PA.

 

"Fragile Relations." The Patriot-News April 11, 1998. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Leadership.” The Patriot-News July 5, 1998. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Tiger! Tiger!” The Patriot-News Jan. 7, 1998. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Chance for Partnership.” The Patriot-News Nov. 5, 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“China's Gamble.” The Patriot-News Sept. 22, 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Hong Kong at Sunset.” The Patriot-News June 30, 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Encouraging Signs: Chinese Seek Stability and Gradual Democratization.” The Patriot-News May 23, 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Around the World, Our Names Describe Us.” The Patriot-News March 4, 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Deng Xiaoping: Mixed Blessings for China.” The Fourth Estate Feb. 26, 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Did You Hear A Clash?” Guest Column on Huntington's Clash of Civilizations. The Patriot-News Jan., 1997. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Olympic Fervor Felt First-Hand in China.” The Patriot-News August 30, 1996. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Election Year Blues on the Sidelines.” The Fourth Estate May 6, 1996. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Mutual Engagement Best for U. S, China.” The Patriot-News April 17, 1996. Harrisburg, PA.

 

“Taiwan Crisis More Complex Than Morality Play.” The Patriot-News March 17, 1996. Harrisburg, PA.