Yunxiang Gao

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Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History Toronto, Ontario y1gao@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 556204

Bio/Research

Dr. Gao Yunxiang’s (高云翔) research focuses primarily on trans-Pacific cultural history in the twentieth century through a multilingual approach. She has written two books. Arise, Africa! Roar, China!: Sino-African-American Citizens of the World in the Twentieth Century is forthcoming with the Univ...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Gao Yunxiang’s (高云翔) research focuses primarily on trans-Pacific cultural history in the twentieth century through a multilingual approach. She has written two books. Arise, Africa! Roar, China!: Sino-African-American Citizens of the World in the Twentieth Century is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press in 2021. This book focuses on the interactions of W.E.B Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, the founder of mass singing Liu Liangmo (刘良模 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9JsXtKmmlU, external link), and the modern dancer-choreographer Sylvia Si-lan Chen Leyda (陈茜兰). Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-1945, appeared with the University of British Columbia Press in 2013.

Dr. Gao has published articles in The Du Bois Review, Gender and History, The Journal of American East-Asian Relations, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Socialism and Democracy, and Sport in Society. Several of her articles have been translated into Chinese.

Currently, she is finishing two biographies, modeling a trans-nationalized Asian and Asian American history. They are tentatively entitled “Soo Yong (杨秀ca.1903-1984): A Hollywood Actress and Cosmopolitan of the Asian Diasporas” ( https://bit.ly/3dYGzBG, external link); and “Wang Yung (王莹 ca.1913-1974): From Child Bride, Shanghai’s ‘Literary Star,’ to the Trans-Pacific ‘Drama Queen.’”


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