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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Taiwan Studies
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Jesus College

Po-hsi Chen is currently Post-Doctoral Fellow in Taiwan Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies and Post-Doctoral Associate in Jesus College. Prior to joining Cambridge, he served as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS) at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds a Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University. A recipient of the Fulbright Graduate Study Grant, he earned his B.A degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Taiwan University, and M.A in English from National Central University.

His dissertation, 'Socialism on One Island: A Genealogy of the Pro-Unification Leftist Literary Discourse in Taiwan', won the Marston Anderson Prize for outstanding dissertation in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale. It situates the politics of emotions in Cold War Taiwanese literature within transnational radical movements. More specifically, by tracing the cross-Strait and transpacific circuit of banned books, radio short waves, spoken drama, and the ‘red classics’ propaganda films, he analyses how postwar left-wing writers from Taiwan perceived the ambivalent legacies of China’s troubled revolutionary trajectory. His research interests include literary exchange across the Chinese-language world during the Cold War era, Marxist literary and aesthetic theories, and the global sixties.

Po-hsi's works on the history of reportage literature, modern Chinese literature in the cultural Cold War, and Sinified Marxism and postcolonial studies are available (or forthcoming) in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), Chinese Literature Today, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. In addition to his own research, his translations range from Taiwanese fiction, Indian feminism, queer modernity, liberation theology, colonial Latin America, Western films in the Soviet, to the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.

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Taiwanese literature; postcolonialism; cultural Cold War; global leftism; affect studies