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Claire K. Liu - A.B.D.


  • A.B.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
  • M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • M.A. in History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991

Professional interests and Research area

I went to University of Wisconsin at Madison for my first Master’s in intellectual history and University of California at Los Angeles, where I studied for a PhD in modern Chinese literature.

I have been to China, especially Shanghai and Beijing, many times for research. During my graduate years, I went to Paris to study French language and culture; at the same time, I was a writer. I was also a newspaper columnist for many years writing about city life and its socio-political and cultural issues.

Now, besides teaching, I spend much of my life reading, writing literary pieces and critiques and translating books and articles from Chinese to English and vice versa for publishers and journals in the United States, China and Taiwan.

My research and teaching interests include topics in Chinese language and culture, intellectual history, tradition and modernization, literature and politics. I am also experienced in curriculum development and texts compilation.

Selected Publications

  1. Authored, “Literary Freedom for Progressive Writers – the 1932 Debate on the Third Category”. Shanghai, forthcoming.
  2. Tr., from French Le passé d’une illusion: essai sur l’idée communiste au xxe siècle par François Furet, 《幻象的消失:二十世纪共产主义理念》.  Shanghai, China:  Sanhui Books, forthcoming in 2015.
  3. Authored, "Chousi" (Thought). Los Angeles: International Daily News Literary Supplement, 07/02/2006.
  4. Tr. from Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs, 《非常紅顏》. Taipei: Christian Arts Press, 2004.
  5. Tr. from Chinese to English, Escape from China - a long journey from Tiananmen to freedom. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.
  6. Authored, "Striking the 'Modern' Sparks for Chinese Literature - an interview with Shi Zhicun". Rpt in Shi Zhicun, Footprints in the Sand, p.177-82. Shenyang, China: Liaoning Education Press, 1995.
  7. Authored, “Depicting the freedom of mind in a gap in time: some questions of spiritual pursuit and aesthetic consciousness in Poems written at Dawn”. Literary City, 2006; Rpt in Cheng Lui Pan, Poems written at Dawn, p.135-55, 2006.
  8. Tr., from “Virtues, Rights and Manners: A model for historians of political thought” by J.G.A. Pocock. 《德行、权利、与礼仪:提供给 政治思想研究者的一个新模式》. In Fudan University, ed., Logic and Metaphysics, p.269-88. Shanghai, China, 2008.
  9. Tr., 《鲁迅意识的复杂性》("Chapter 6: The Complex Consciousness of Lu Xun, The Crisis of Chinese Consciousness: Radical Anti-Traditionalism in the May Fourth Era). Forthcoming in the new version of the Chinese translation, China and Taiwan.
  10. Tr., from "The Impact of Japanese Literary Trends on Modern Chinese Writers" by Tsing-mao Cheng, Bulanan Chao Foon 318: 8-35,1979.
  11. Tr., from "The New Poetry or Beyond the Gentility Principle" by Alfred Alvarez. 《超越文雅的傳統──英詩風貌的新探索》. The Mangroves, Dec 1977: 121-29.
  12. Authored, Sorrows - a collection of prose and stories. Hwa Chong, 1981.