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Dr. Yun-Chu Tsai

Dr. Yun-Chu Tsai
Dr. Tsai is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of the Chinese Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her research interests include Chinese modernity, medical cannibalism and globalization, and the history of food in China. Her research, “You Are Whom You Eat: Cannibalism in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film,” explores how the emergence of subjectivity is represented through the trope of cannibalism. Her research project (1) historicizes Chinese discourse on the potential economic and health benefits of eating human flesh and gives prominence to the ethical issues of this practice, and (2) examines how the traditional cultures of food and medicine are incorporated into the contemporary discourse of modernity and globalization. Most importantly, it (3) reflects on the Chinese Dream and how its reinforcement and expansion of China’s strength in market economy comes at the expense of ethical values. Her research demonstrates that contemporary writers explore the trope of cannibalism as an allegory of cooperation between tradition and modernity, while also examining people’s desire to cannibalize – metaphorically and literally – in a market economy.

At The Citadel, Dr. Tsai teaches contemporary Chinese literature and film, as well as Chinese language and culture at all levels. In summer, she directs The Citadel’s Study Abroad Program in Taiwan. She is also Advisor of The Citadel’s Chinese Club and Website Manager of the Chinese Program at https://yunchut.wixsite.com/citadelchinese.

 

Education:

Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures - University of California, Irvine
M.A. in English - State University of New York, Stony Brook
B.A. in English - National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan)

Current courses since Fall 2017

CHIN 101-102 Introduction to Chinese I (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
Introduction to Chinese II (Spring 2018)
CHIN 201-202 Intermediate Chinese I (Fall 2018)
Intermediate Chinese II (Spring 2019)
CHIN 301-302 Advanced Speaking, Reading, and Writing I (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
Advanced Speaking, Reading, and Writing II (Spring 2018)
CHIN 303 Chinese Popular Culture (Spring 2019)
CHIN 450 Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film (Fall 2017)
CHIN 450 Chinese Cinema (Fall 2018)

 

Dr. Tsai’s Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Tsai's Website: https://yunchut.wixsite.com/citadelchinese

 

 

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Contact Information:
Telephone:
843-953-7414
Email: ytsai@citadel.edu
Office: Capers 232

 

Degrees:
Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures - University of California, Irvine
M.A. in English - State University of New York, Stony Brook
B.A. in English - National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan)

Chinese 450 Course Syllabus

Dr. Yun-Chu Tsai's Vita

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