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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Elena Suet-Ying Chiu

Associate Professor of Chinese
Undergraduate Advisor (Chinese)
Honors Program Director (Chinese)

Contact Information

Location: Herter 333
Phone:(413) 545-5840


Courses taught

Chinese 197Q: Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture
Chinese 242 Chinese Vernacular Literature—Masterpieces of Chinese Fiction in Translation
Chinese 394WI Women in Chinese Culture, an IE course
Chinese 391 Junior Year Writing
Chinese 597P Traditional Chinese Drama and Performing Arts
Chinese 597M The Ming-Qing Novel
Chinese 597Q The Ming-Qing Novel II


Ph.D. Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. Asian Studies, California State University, Long Beach
B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Elena Suet-Ying Chiu received her Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Culture from UCLA followed by a post-doctoral position in Chinese Studies at Stanford University. Her research and teaching interests include traditional Chinese narrative and drama, Ming-Qing oral and performing literature, Manchu language, literature and culture, as well as ethnicity and gender issues in late imperial and early Republican China. Professor Chiu's book manuscript entitled Bannermen Tales(Zidishu): Manchu Storytelling and Cultural Hybridity in Late Imperial China is under contract with the Harvard University Asia Center.

Research Interests

Traditional Chinese narrative and drama
Oral and performing literature in late imperial and early Republican China
Manchu language, literature and culture
Ethnicity and gender issues in late imperial China
Ming-Qing fiction and fiction commentary
Popular culture in late imperial and modern China