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Shih, Evelyn Ming Whai Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Evelyn Shih's first book project, The Cold War Comic: Power and Laughter in Taiwan and South Korea, 1948-1979, compares the intermedia phenomenon of comic culture in two US-allied countries in Asia during the Cold War. She writes about various media, from comic strips and mass periodicals to film and literature, as a part of a comic sensorium and an emerging mode of mass communication in the mid-20th century. She is also working on a project on the topolect cinema of Taiwan, the Taiyupian; and another project on colonial travelers of Taiwan and Korea, who capture their experience within and without of Japanese empire on the Chinese continent.



courses taught

  • CHIN 1051 - Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Surveys Chinese thought and culture through close reading and discussion of selected masterworks of Chinese literature in translation. Texts include significant works of poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as philosophical and historical writings from various eras. Taught in English.
  • CHIN 3341 - Literature and Popular Culture in Modern China
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Surveys 20th century Chinese literature and popular culture against the historical background of rebellion, revolution and reform. Emphasizes close and critical reading skills and an understanding of how aesthetic texts reflect and critically engage with historical and cultural experiences. Assignments include novels, essays, short stories, poems, plays, songs, films and scholarly articles. Taught in English. Recommended prerequisite: CHIN 1012 or CHIN 1051. Same as HUMN 3341.
  • CHIN 3371 - Topics in Chinese Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Offers in-depth, critical analysis of key issues in Chinese culture as represented in Chinese film. Focuses on various topics, such as specific directors, regions, representation of gender in Chinese film, historical periods, etc. Varies from year to year. Requires no knowledge of Chinese. Taught in English. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Recommended prerequisite: CHIN 1051 or CHIN 2441.
  • CHIN 5810 - Modern Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines selected texts in various genres of Chinese literature from the May Fourth period (beginning 1917) to the establishment of the People's Republic of China (1949). Focuses on major and influential works produced in this fertile period of experimentation with Western, modernist types of literature. Texts and selections vary from year to year. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Knowledge of Modern Chinese at the level of CHIN 4120 is required.
  • CHIN 5890 - Topics in Chinese Film
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines a specific problem or issue in Chinese film, e.g. 5th generation filmmakers, early film, genre (martial arts, melodrama, Hong Kong action, etc.), Taiwan New Cinema, Hollywood crossover. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Knowledge of Modern Chinese at the level of CHIN 4120 is required.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.


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