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Fall 2015

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Lei Zhang

Department Affiliations


Lei Zhang is interested in the intersections of Asian American studies, Chinese immigration to the US, China-US relationship and transpacific studies. He is currently researching on Chinese student migration to the US after 1989. His other current research includes W.E.B. Du Bois and Asia, and American culture in China.

Educational Background

  • B.A.: English, China Agricultural University, 2011.
  • M.A.: English Language and Literature, Renmin University of China, 2014.

Research Activities

  • “Reading the White Paper and Repositioning Australia in the Asian-Pacific through Cross Cultural Literacy,” Deakin-RUC Joint Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne,: October 4th, 2013
  • “The Cultural Logic of America’s Rebalancing Toward the Asia-Pacific,” the 6th World Congress of International American Studies Association, Szczecin, Poland: August 4th, 2013
  • “Jack Maggs: Construction of Another Series of History,” 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China, Xihua University, Chengdu,: July 7th, 2012
  • “America’s Return to Asia Pacific and Orientalism,” the 23rd Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu: April 12, 2012

Outreach Activities

  • Chinese Delegate of 2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue, Canberra & Melbourne: September 2013
  • “Bob Dylan Event”, Co-producer with Prof. David Walker, Renmin University of China, Beijing,: April 25, 2013
  • “Power Shift from the West to the East”, Co-presenter, Northeast Asian Network, Yonsei Leadership Forum, Seoul: February 10, 2009


  • Recipient of 2013 Foundation for Australian studies in China Fellowship
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