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The Military College of South Carolina

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Dr. Yun-Chu Tsai

Dr. Tsai is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Coordinator of the Chinese Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her research interests include trauma studies, medical anthropology 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. At The Citadel, Dr. Tsai teaches contemporary Chinese literature and film, as well as Chinese language and culture at all levels. She is also Director of The Citadel’s Study Abroad Program to Taiwan, and Advisor of The Citadel’s Chinese Club.


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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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