Chialan Sharon portrait
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese

Education

  • PhD, University of Southern California, 2011
  • MA, University of Southern California, 2005
  • MA, National Taiwan Normal University, 2002
  • BA, National Taiwan Normal University, 1998

My dissertation focuses on the tropes of nationhood in Taiwanese literary and cinematic works since the 1980s within, particularly, the problems of gender, ethnicity, and postcoloniality. I contend that there are both a nostalgic tendency to remember and a desire to break away from Chinese cultural heritage to imagine an organic community unique to the Taiwanese experience.

My current research focuses on contemporary Chinese-language film and literature in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. I explore the way the re-imagination of home and nationhood negotiates the state ideology and reinscribes collective and personal memory. I am particularly interested in investigating the tension between a nostalgia for home and border-crossing movements in the context of globalization in Chinese-language cultural production.

  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Sinophone Cinema
  • Cultural Studies
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Advanced Chinese