Sijia Yao

Sijia Yao, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
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Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Culture
  • Ph. D. Comparative Literature, Purdue University
  • CHI 101: First-year Chinese
  • CHI 310: Advanced Chinese Conversation
  • CHI 390: Chinese Love
  • CHI 401: Cultural History of China
  • CHI 410: Chinese Literature and Film
  • CHI 415: Contemporary Issues in China
  • Learning Cluster 200: Sinophone Cinema
  • Comparative and Sinophone literature and media studies
  • Love and affect studies
  • Critical theory
  • World literature
  • Post-socialism
  • Chinese as a Foreign Language


  • Cosmopolitan Love: Utopian Vision in D. H. Lawrence and Eileen Chang, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, November 2023.


Literature, Film and Culture

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • “The Worldmaking of Chinese and Western Canonical Works.” Chinese Language Globalization Studies, forthcoming in June 2024.
  • “Third Term Comparison,” Telos 199 (Summer 2022): 11-19.
  • “The Place-Based Gaze in a Taiwanese Eco-Documentary.” Embodied Memories, Embedded Healing: New Ecological Perspectives from East Asia. (Part of a series on Ecocritical Theory and Practice) Eds. Xinmin Liu and Peter I-min Huang. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2021. 167-180.
  • “Teresa Teng in Diaspora: Affective Replacement in Chinese World-Making.” Comparative Literature Studies 57.3 (2020), 520-529.
  • “Pessimistic Chinese Cosmopolitanism and Jia Zhangke’s The World.” The Comparatist, vol. 43 (2019): 147-158.
  • “Female Desire: Defiant Text and Intercultural Context.” The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 71.2 (2017): 195-212.
  • “Nostalgia for the Future: Home Landscape in the Films of Jia Zhangke.” Tamkang Review: A Quarterly of Literary and Cultural Studies 47.2 (2017): 83-96.
  • “The American Reception of Chinese Films in 2016” Movie Review 电影评介10 (2017): 6-11.
  • “The Politics of Literary Fame: Tracing Eileen Chang’s Reception in China and the United States.” Forum for World Literature Studies 8.2 (2016): 291-307.
  • “Feminization and the Global Voice of Chinese Cinema.” Movie Review 电影评介 21 (2016): 12-15.


Scholarly Entries:

  • “Zang Di.” In Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 387: Chinese Poets Since 1949. Ed. Christopher Lupke and Thomas Moran. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2021. Pp. 291-297.


Book Reviews in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  • Review of Zhang Yimou: Globalization and the Subject of Culture, by Wendy Larson. The Journal of Asian Studies 77.2 (2018): 515-516.
  • Review of Transpacific Attachments: Sex Work, Media Networks, and Affective Histories of Chineseness, by Lily Wong. Columbia University Press. Modern Chinese Literature & Culture June 2018 (, Ohio State UP).
  • Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Culture (tenure-track), Soka University of America, 2022-Present
  • Associate Professor of Practice (non-tenure track), Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2022
  • Coordinator of Chinese Studies Program
  • Assistant Professor of Practice (non-tenure track), Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2016-2022
  • Group Research Grant, RMB 200, 000. Collaborative Research Project “Chinese Language Education in the United States in Post-Pandemic Time.” The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT) and the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC) of the Chinese Ministry of Education, Beijing, China, Jan. 2023-Dec. 2024.
  • Research Impact and Engagement Grant (College level), College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 2022.
  • 2020-21 Family & Friends Recognition Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, February 2021.
  • Summer Curriculum Grant, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, May 2020.
  • Conference Travel Grant, Department of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Sep. 2019.
  • Workshop Travel Grant, Harvard University and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF), Oct. 2018.
  • Research Travel Grant, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF), June 2018.
  • Parents’ Recognition Teaching Award, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Jan. 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • Spencer Fellowship, course development, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, summer 2017.
  • Promise Award, College of Liberal Arts Research Grant, Purdue University, May 2016.
  • The PRF (Purdue Research Foundation) Research Grant, Purdue University, June-July, 2015.
  • 2014-2015 University Award: Online Innovation Award, Purdue University, May 2015.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, 2015.
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Travel Grant, Mar. 2015.
  • The Lynn Research Fellowship, Purdue University, 2011-2012.
  • Member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Nov. 2010