Forthcoming       Teaching Film from the People’s Republic of China, co-edited with Zhuoyi Wang and Hongmei Yu. In MLA series Options for Teaching. Modern Language Association (Spring 2024)

2023       Inter-Asia in Motion: Dance as Methodco-edited with Soo Ryon Yoon. Routledge

2023       革命的身体:重新认识现当代中国舞蹈文化 (Chinese edition of Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy), Li Hongmei, trans. Fudan University Press

2020      Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, co-edited with Katherine Mezur. In Studies in Dance History series, University of Michigan Press

2018      Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy. University of California Press, Winner of the 2019 de la Torre Bueno Prize® from the Dance Studies Association

Edited Journal Issue

2022     “Inter-Asia in Motion: Dance as Method.” Co-edited with Soo Ryon Yoon. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Vol. 23 No. 4

Journal Articles

2023       “Sino-Japanese Cultural Diplomacy in the 1950s: The Making and Reception of Matsuyama Ballet’s The White-Haired Girl.Twentieth-Century China 48(2)(May): 130-158

2022       “舞蹈学与地区研究” (Dance studies and area studies). In Qing Qing, ed. special issue “Interdisciplinary Approaches in Dance Studies.” 舞蹈学 (Dance Studies), No. 2, pp. 97-109. Written in Chinese

2022       “Quando os lugares importam: provincializando o ‘global’” (Portuguese translation of “When Place Matters: Provincializing the ‘Global’”), Rafael Guarato, trans. In Rafael Guarato, et al., eds., special issue “Outras Danças, Muitas Histórias” (“Other Dances, Many Stories”). Revista Brasileira de Estudos em Dança 1(1): 353-370.

2022       “Moonwalking in Beijing: Michael Jackson, Piliwu, and the Origins of Chinese Hip-Hop.” In Zhao Ma, ed. special issue “Revisiting Popular Culture in China’s Early Reform Era, 1978-1989.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 23(2): 302-321

2021       “Convergent Transnationalisms: Leftist Dance Networks in Cold War East Asia.” In Mia Yu and Nikita Cai, eds. “Constellation of Intimacies” special issue. On Our Times, digital Journal of Guangzhou Times Museum. Open Access link:

2020      “When Folk Dance Was Radical: Cold War Yangge, World Youth Festivals, and Overseas Chinese Leftist Culture in the 1950s and 1960s.” China Perspectives120(1): 33-42

2019        “‘表演’万隆:中国与印度、印度尼西亚和缅甸的舞蹈外交 (1953-1962)” (Chinese edition of “Performing Bandung: China’s Dance Diplomacy with India, Indonesia, and Burma, 1953-1962”), Diao Lin, trans. 北京舞蹈学院学报 Journal of Beijing Dance Academy, 5: 86-99

2019       “Dance in Wartime China: Liang Lun’s Choreographic Migrations of the 1940s.” 무용역사기록학 (The Journal of Society for Dance Documentation and History) 52 (March): 45-75

2018         “Crossing Over: Choe Seung-hui’s Pan-Asianism in Revolutionary Time.” 무용역사기록학 (The Journal of Society for Dance Documentation and History) 51 (December): 65-97  

2018          “The Postcolonial Blind Spot: Chinese Dance in the Era of Third World-ism, 1949-1965.” positions: asia critique 26(4) (November 2018): 781-816

2018          Dynamic Inheritance: Representative Works and the Authoring of Tradition in Chinese Dance.” Journal of Folklore Research 55(1): 77-111

2017          “Performing Bandung: China’s Dance Diplomacy with India, Indonesia, and Burma, 1953-1962.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 18(4): 518-539

2016         “Beyond Internal Orientalism: Dance and Nationality Discourse in the Early People’s Republic of China, 1949-1954.” The Journal of Asian Studies 75(2) May 2016: 363-386

2015          “Rulan Chao Pian 卞赵如兰 (1922-2013).” Founding Mothers of Asian Performance Series. Asian Theatre Journal 32(2): 636-647

2014         “Meaning in Movement: Adaptation and the Xiqu Body in Intercultural Chinese Theatre.” TDR: The Drama Review 58:1 (T221) Spring 2014: 42-63

2012         “Han-Tang Zhongguo Gudianwu and the Problem of Chineseness in Contemporary Chinese Dance: Sixty Years of Controversy.” Asian Theater Journal. 29(1): 206-232       

2012         “中国的边缘,美国的中心:陶身体剧场在美国舞蹈节” (China’s Periphery, America’s Center: TAO Dance Theater at the American Dance Festival) 舞蹈评论 (The Dance Review). 2012(1): 59-67

2012         “Dancers Doing Fieldwork: Socialist Aesthetics and Bodily Experience in the People’s Republic of China.” Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement. 17(2). Electronic

2008         “‘An Ancient Subtle Energy Healing Art and Science for Today’s Lifestyle’: Qigong and the Problem of the Non-Modern Global Form.” Kroeber Anthropology Society Papers. Issue 97: 5-28          

2005        “Dance as l’Intervention: Health and Aesthetics of Experience in French Contemporary Dance.” Body and Society. Vol 11 (4): 109-139

Book Chapters

Under Review      “An Image that Resonates: Yang Liping and the Evolution of Contemporary Chinese Folk Dance.” Solicited for inclusion in Dunja Njaradi, Milos Rasic and Kresimir Dabo, eds. TradicijaNova. Serbian Folk Dance and Song Ensemble “Kolo”/Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Under Review       “Dancing in Life: China’s Grassland Art Troupes as Socialist Performance Practice.” Solicited for inclusion in Annelies Van Assche, Dunja Njaradi, Igor Koruga, Milica Ivić, eds. (Post)Socialist Dance: A Search for Hidden Legacies

Under Contract     “The Japanese and Korean Roots of Maoist Dance Education.” In Jennifer Altehenger and Aaron Moore, eds. How Maoism Was Made. British Academy Proceedings Series/Oxford University Press (estimated 2025)

Forthcoming     “Written Out: Dance and the Sinophone.” In Howard Chiang and Shu-mei Shih, eds. Sinophone Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader (estimated 2025)

Forthcoming   “Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in The White-Haired Girl, Five Golden Flowers, and Li Shuangshuang.” In Zhuoyi Wang, Emily Wilcox, and Hongmei Yu, eds. Teaching Film from the People’s Republic of China. In series Options for Teaching, Modern Language Association (May 2024)

2024   “Between Anti-Communism and Chinese Exclusion: Sylvia Si-lan Chen and Chinese Diaspora Dance in the US During the Cold War.” In Ninotchka Bennahum and Rena Heinrich, eds. Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance, 188-199. New York Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and Museum of Art, Design & Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara

2023      “Performance and Performativity in Modern China.” In Yingjin Zhang, ed. A World History of Chinese Literature. Routledge

2022      “Dance Props and the Rural Imaginary.” In Jennifer Altehenger and Denise Ho, eds. Material Contradictions in Mao’s China, 84-101. University of Washington Press

2021       “Concert Dance in Contemporary China: Crossing Borders While Maintaining Difference.” In Stephanie Burridge, ed. The Routledge Companion to Dance in Asia and the Pacific: Platforms for Change, 41-56. Routledge India

2021     “Aesthetic Politics at Home and Abroad: Dagger Society and the Development of Maoist Revolutionary Dance Drama.” In Xiaomei Chen, Siyuan Liu, and Tarryn Chun, eds. Rethinking Chinese Socialist Theaters of Reform: Performance Practice and Debate in the Mao Era, 162-186. University of Michigan Press

2020     “Introduction.” In Katherine Mezur and Emily Wilcox, eds. Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, 1-21, in series Studies in Dance History, University of Michigan Press

2020     “Diasporic Moves: Sinophone Epistemology in the Choreography of Dai Ailian.” In Katherine Mezur and Emily Wilcox, eds. Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, 115-134, in series Studies in Dance History, University of Michigan Press

2020    “Dynamic Inheritance: Representative Works and the Authoring of Tradition in Chinese Dance” (duplicate publication). In Levi Gibbs, ed. Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts, accepted for series Encounters: Explorations in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Press

2019    “Locating Performance: Choe Seung-hui, East Asian Modernisms, and the Case for Area Knowledge in Dance Studies.” In Susan Manning, Janice Ross, and Rebecca Schneider, eds. The Futures of Dance Studies, 505-522. University of Wisconsin Press

2019     “Joking After Rebellion: Performing Tibetan-Han Relations in the Chinese Military Dance ‘Laundry Song’ (1964).” In Jason McGrath, Zhuoyi Wang, and Ping Zhu, eds. Maoist Laughter, 19-36. Hong Kong University Press

2019     “Selling Out Post-Mao: Dance Work and Ethics of Fulfillment in Reform Era China” (updated and revised). In Yutian Wong and Jens Richard Giersdorf, eds. The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Third Edition, 330-341. Routledge

2017      When Place Matters: Provincializing the ‘Global.'” In Larraine Nicholas and Geraldine Morris, eds. Rethinking Dance History: Issues and Methodologies, 2nd Edition, 160-172. Routledge

2017     “Women Dancing Otherwise: The Queer Feminism of Gu Jiani’s Right & Left 右一左一.” In Clare Croft, ed. Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, 67-82. Oxford University Press

2016     “Foreword: A Manifesto for Demarginalization.” In Shih-Ming Li Chang and Lynn Frederiksen, Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond, ix-xxiii. Wesleyan University Press

2013                “Adapting for the Xiqu Body: Chinese Movement in Intercultural Performance.” In William Huizhu Sun and Faye Chunfang Fei, eds, Aspirations Sky High: Reinventing Western Classics as Chinese Operas, 259-267. Beijing: Culture and Art Publishing House

2012                “Selling Out Post-Mao: Dance Work and Ethics of Fulfillment in Reform Era China.” In Andrew Kipnis, ed., Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche, 43-65. Palgrave Macmillan

Digital Humanities Collection

2017             Pioneers of Chinese Dance Digital Archive. University of Michigan Asia Library/University of Michigan Library Digital Production Services (co-directed with Dr. Liangyu Fu)

Curated Exhibition

2017         Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965. University of Michigan Asia Library/Hatcher Library March 1-May 15, 2017 (co-curated with Dr. Liangyu Fu). Book version under contract with Maize Publications

Exhibition Catalogue

Under Contract      Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965, exhibition catalogue co-authored with Liangyu Fu, Maize Books. Bilingual Open Access publication in English and Chinese (estimated 2022)

Encyclopedia Articles

Forthcoming      “Si-lan Chen.” In Allana Lindgren,Lynn Garafola, Susan Manning, Janet O’Shea, and Danielle Robinson, eds. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernist Dance. Routledge (estimated 2022)

Forthcoming    “Dai Ailian” (revised and updated). In Allana Lindgren, Lynn Garafola, Susan Manning, Janet O’Shea, and Danielle Robinson, eds. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernist Dance. Routledge (estimated 2022)

Forthcoming    “Wu Xiaobang” (revised and updated). In Allana Lindgren, Lynn Garafola, Susan Manning, Janet O’Shea, and Danielle Robinson, eds. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernist Dance. Routledge (estimated 2022)

2016        “Dai Ailian.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. London: Routledge

2016         “Wu Xiaobang.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. London: Routledge

2016         “Guangdong Modern Dance Company.Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. London: Routledge


Under Contract   English translation of Xu Rui, Contemporary Chinese Ethnic Folk Dance: Aesthetics and Self-Consciousness in Choreography. Translated from Chinese upon invitation of the author


2012     “English-Language Publications on Chinese Dance: A Bibliography.” Chinoperl: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performance Literatures Volume 31: 177-197

Book Reviews

2023       Review of Arise Africa, Roar China: Black and Chinese Citizens of the World in the Twentieth Century by Yunxiang Gao (University of North Carolina Press, 2022). Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

2023       Review of Internationalist Aesthetics: China and Early Soviet Culture by Edward Tyerman (Columbia University Press, 2021). Twentieth-Century China 48(1): E9-E11

2022       Review of Transforming Tradition: The Reform of Chinese Theater in the 1950s and Early 1960s by Siyuan Liu (University of Michigan Press, 2021). PRC History Review, No. 43 (July): 1-4

2022       Review of Chinese Theatre Troupes in Southeast Asia: Touring Diaspora, 1900s–1970s by Beiyu Zhang (Taylor and Francis, 2021). SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 37(2): 369-390

2022       Review of Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America by Rebekah J. Kowal (Oxford University Press, 2019). Performance Research 26(4): 146-147

2020      Review of Uncrossing the Borders: Performing Chinese in Gendered (Trans)Nationalism by Daphne P. Lei (University of Michigan Press, 2019). The Journal of Asian Studies 79(4): 1082-1084

2019    Review of Staging Chinese Revolution: Theater, Film, and the Afterlives of Propaganda by Xiaomei Chen (Columbia University Press, 2017). China Review International 24(4): 290-293

2019    Review of The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance edited by Bruce Baird and Rosemary Candelario (Routledge, 2018). Dance Research 37(2): 268-269

2019      Review of The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity edited by Anthony Shay and Barbara Sellers-Young (Oxford University Press, 2016). Asian Theatre Journal 36(1): 246-249

2019      Review of Mao’s Cultural Army: Drama Troupes in China’s Rural Revolution by Brian DeMare. (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The Journal of Asian Studies 78(1): 170-172

2018                Review of 敦煌壁画乐舞: ‘中国景观’在国际语境中的建构、传播与意义(Dunhuang performing arts: the construction and transmission of ‘China-scape’ in the global context) by Lanlan Kuang (Social Science Academic Press, Beijing, 2016). Asian Theatre Journal 35(1): 237-240

2017                Review of Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance edited by Yutian Wong (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016). Theatre Survey 53(3): 412-414

2016                Review of The Rise ofCantonese Operaby Wing Chung Ng (University of Illinois Press, 2015). The Journal of Asian Studies75(4): 1123-1125

2016                Review of Urban Politics and Cultural Capital: The Case of Chinese Operaby Haili Ma (Ashgate, 2015). CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature 35(1): 61-63

2015                Review of Pop Goes the Avant-Garde: Experimental Theater in Contemporary China by Rossella Ferrari (Seagull Books, 2011) and The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China by Liang Luo (University of Michigan Press, 2014). Theatre Journal 67(3): 584-586

2015                Review of In Transit: The Formation of the Colonial East Asian Cultural Sphere by Faye Yuan Kleeman (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014). Asian Theatre Journal 32(2): 648-652

2015                Review of Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over China’s Modernity by Sean Hsiang-lin Lei (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Modern Chinese Language and Culture

2015                Review of Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China by Siyuan Liu (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). The Journal of Asian Studies 74(1): 202-203

2014                Review of Gilded Voices: Economics, Politics, and Storytelling in the Yangzi Delta Since 1949 by Qiliang He (Brill, 2012). Frontiers of Chinese History 9(3): 472-475

2014                Review of The Body at Stake: Experiments in Chinese Contemporary Art and Theatre edited by Jörg Huber and Zhao Chuan (transcript Verlag, 2013). The Journal of Asian Studies 73(3): 790-792

2014                Review of Kinesthetic City: Dance and Movement in Chinese Urban Spaces by SanSan Kwan (Oxford University Press, 2013). Asian Theatre Journal 31(1) Spring 2014: 329-332

2012                Review of Dance and the Nation: Performance, Ritual, and Politics in Sri Lankaby Susan Reed (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). Asian Ethnology71(2): 308-310

Performance Review

2018            Review of Rasa Dance Festival presented by Akshara (Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan, September 23-24, 2017). Asian Theatre Journal 35(2): 487-490

Essays, Interviews, and Invited Columns

2023           “Arise Africa, Roar China: A Conversation with Yunxiang Gao.” Global China Pulse (May):

2023           “Interview with Emily Wilcox” by Ben Kletzer. Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China.

2023            “A Love for Chinese Dance in Diaspora with Alissa Elegant, Emily Wilcox and Jessica Jone” by Shanny Rann. Dance Central Winter (February).

2022          “Learning Diplomacy: China’s South-South Dance Exchanges of the 1950s and 1960s and Their Relevance Today.” In Lucas Myers, ed. 2021-22 Wilson China Fellowship: Essays on China and U.S. Policy. The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

2021         “舞越学界:对三篇书评的回应” (Dancing across scholarly borders: a response to three book reviews). In Ling Kang, ed. Chinese and Comparative Studies Association “Talk to the Author” Forum. 文学 (Literature). Written in Chinese

2021       “Breaking the Narrative Arc: Teaching Sinophone Studies as a PRC Studies Scholar. In Howard Chiang, ed. “Teaching Sinophone Studies” themed forum. Society of Sinophone Studies Website. Open Access link:

2021                    “Reflections on Danscross 2009.” In Christopher Bannerman, ed. Artscross Memories. Open Access Link:

2020                   “媒介与表演:新路径、新视角” (Media and Performance: New Routes, New Perspectives). Invited guest column introduction, Beijing Dance Academy 2020, no. 5 (December): 56. Written in Chinese

2020                “Dance Props.” In Jennifer Altehenger and Denise Ho, eds. The Mao Era in Objects, King’s College London Digital Lab. Open Access link:

2019                “Teaching the Everyday: Socialist Culture as Lived Experience in the Classroom.” In Brian DeMare andCovell Meyskens, eds. special issue “Teaching the PRC.” PRC History Review 4(2) (August): 7-8.

2015                “Minority Dance, Minority Dancers.” Series: Enduring Themes in Chinese Propaganda. China Policy Institute Blog

2014                “China’s Dance Revolution: TAO Dance Theater.” American Express Departures May/June 2014

2013                “Report on the Shanghai Winter Institute 2013: ‘Shanghai Encounters.’” Chinoperl: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performance Literatures Volume 32 (1) July 2013: 86-88

2012                “中国韵律审美肢体戏剧实验室 / Chinese Movement Aesthetics Physical Theater Workshop.” In Sun Huizhu, ed. Performing Shanghai/展現展示上海: Shanghai Theater Academy Winter Institute 2012/上海戏剧学院冬季学院

2012                “Performance in Circulation: Exploring Artistry, Activity, and Itinerancy.” Introduction to edited special issue, co-authored with Dr. Jonathan Marion. Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement. 17(2)

2009                “Re-Writing Culture in Chinese: Report from the 2009 IUAES Meeting in Kunming.” Anthropology News. November: 19

2009                “‘自观’与’他观’ (The Local and Non-Local View).” Co-authored with Dr. Che Yanfen. 艺海 (Art) Vol. 195: 111-114

2008                “我内心的中国古典舞” (Reflections on Chinese Classical Dance). 北京舞蹈学院教学报. (Beijing Dance Academy Teaching Bulletin)

2007                “试论中国舞蹈的范畴问题 (The Order of Things: On the Problem of Categories in Chinese Dance).” 现代舞报 (Modern Dance Times)