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Sabrina Yunzhu Tao

PhD Candidate
East Asian Languages
Phone: 541-346-4090
Office: 27 Friendly Hall
Research Interests: Modern Chinese and Sinophone literature, film, music, and popular culture


Ph. D in Chinese, East Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Oregon (in process)

M. A in English (Literary Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

B. A in English (Translation), Beijing Language and Culture University

Institut Supérieur des Traducteurs et Interprètes, Université Libre de Bruxelles: undergraduate exchange program, courses taught in French


Sabrina Yunzhu Tao is a PhD candidate in the University of Oregon Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Her area of specialization include modern Chinese and Sinophone literature, film, music and popular culture. Before starting her PhD, she attained her MA in English Literary Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduation she worked as a research assistant in Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Film and conducted archival research on early Cantonese cinema, Hong Kong leftist literature and film. Her current research project is about transnational circulation of cultural products between PRC, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia in the early Cold War era. 


Conference Presentations

· “‘Flying Swallows’ On and Off Stage: Socialist Zaji in Cold War Hong Kong and Beyond,” in 2023 Hawai‘i International Conference on Chinese Studies (HICCS), Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (January 4-6, 2023).

· “Sounding Socialist China Abroad: The Politics of Folk Songs with ‘National Style’ in Cold War Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (1950s-70s),” in The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Workshop “Thinking China and Circulation” (October 20-22, 2022; virtual).

· “Chineseness as Self-Exhibition: Regional Landscape and Folklore in PRC-Hong Kong Coproduced Documentaries in the Cold War Era (1950s-70s).” Panel speech in Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Honolulu, USA (March 2022; virtual).

· Graduate Student Roundtable Presentation. “Building a Utopian Space: Amoy-dialect Cinema and Diaspora Experience in Post-war Hong Kong (Late 1950s-60s).” UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Conference on Sinophone Studies (April 2019). The paper was also accepted by "Chinese Cinema in Global Context--Past and Present" Conference, University of Idaho (April 14-15, 2019). 

· “Listening to China: The Art-Tune Records Company, Commercialism and Propaganda in Cold War East Asia (1950-70s).” Panel speech in Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, Denver, USA (March 2019). 

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

      · Graduate Teaching Fellowship, EALL, University of Oregon (2018 - present)

· CAPS Professional Grant Award, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), University of Oregon (Spring 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)

· Graduate Student Travel Stipends, Association for Asian Studies (March 2019)

· Conference Travel Grant, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon (2019)

· University Minority Recruitment Program fellowship, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon (2019, 2022)

· Outstanding Bachelor's Degree Thesis of Beijing Language and Culture University (2013)

· Second Prize (2011) and Third Prize (2012) Student Scholarship in Beijing Language and Culture University


· Ben-Ami Scharfstein: Amoral Politics: The Persistent Truth of Machiavellism, Chinese translation. Nanjing University Press. March  2022. 

· Helen Sword: Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write, Chinese translation. Beijing: People’s Daily Press. November 2018.

Creative writing

· Short story: “Xin Jie” (“New Territories”), published in Renmin Wenxue (People’s Literature), April 2018. The story was also selected into Yanceng: 2018 Youth Literature, published by Renmin Literature Press, April 2019. 



CHN 307 History of Chinese Literature: Modern Period. UO EALL. Spring 2023. 

CHN 306 History of Chinese Literature: Medieval Period. UO EALL. Winter 2023.

CHN 305 History of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to the 3rd Century CE. UO EALL. Fall 2022. 

Graduate Seminar: History of Hong Kong Cinema. Nanjing University of the Arts. Fall 2021 (in Chinese). 

CHN 151 Introduction to Chinese Cinema. UO EALL. Winter 2020 & 2021.

CHN 152 Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture. UO EALL. Fall 2019 & 2020.

CHN 150 Introduction to Chinese Narrative. UO EALL. Spring 2020 & 2021.

CHN 201/204, 202/205, 203/206 Second-year Chinese. UO EALL. Fall 2018, Winter and Spring 2019.