Western Kentucky University

Chunmei Du

Chunmei DuChunmei Du

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009

Fields: Modern East Asia, Chinese Diaspora

Office:  Cherry Hall 236

Phone:  (270) 745-5743

Email:  chunmei.du@wku.edu


Research Interests

My research uses the case of Gu Hongming 辜鴻銘 (1857-1928), a Western educated overseas Chinese who became a premier exponent of Confucianism to the early twentieth-century Western world, to examine Chinese nationalism and conservatism in transnational contexts. Using Gu as a case study, my project further analyzes two transnational networks that I term "diasporic Chinese professionals" from colonial Southeast Asia, and "spokesmen of the East" from China, Japan, India, and Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In the future, I plan to work on the topic of modern Western imaginations of China and the "East," by examining a number of English-language literary hoaxes created by Westerners masquerading as Chinese in the early twentieth century. I am interested in how these hoaxes relied upon and reinforced existing stereotypes and how these works influenced contemporary Western imagination of the "East." In addition, I intend to expand my current research to include a broader social and cultural history of Western-educated Chinese diasporic professionals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Teaching Interests

I teach Modern East Asia, Histories of China and Japan, Western Civilization II survey course on a regular basis. In the future, I plan to offer courses on Modern Chinese Cultural History, Chinese Diaspora, and Chinese Film and Popular Culture.



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