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Kun Huang

Graduate Student


Kun Huang is PhD Candidate at the Department of Comparative Literature of Cornell University. Her dissertation explores the afterlives of racial blackness in modern Chinese literature and culture in the long twentieth century. It argues that translations and figurations of blackness have crucially informed and continue to haunt articulations of Chinese modernity. Discourses and narratives of racial slavery, pan-African freedom struggles, and African modernity were profoundly entangled with the Chinese cultural projects of anti-colonial nation building, staging the socialist world, and globalization in the post-Cold War era.

She also writes public-facing commentaries critiquing anti-blackness in China, and translates literary and cultural critiques by black anti-racist and feminist writers into simplified Chinese.


  • Comparative Literature


Kun’s work in progress has been presented or accepted to present at conferences such as the Modern Language Association Annual Convention (MLA), the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (ACLA), the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference (AAS), African Studies Association Annual Meeting (ASA), and the Conference of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC).

Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships at Society for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies, the C.V. Starr Fellowship in East Asian Studies, among others. Her writings have appeared on positions politics, South of the South, 文学, and 澎湃思想市.