M.A. Student
Chinese Literature and Film

Research Focus:

My research interests involve 20th-century Chinese literature and film, especially focusing on literary and cinematic representations of floating populations in contemporary China.
Ph.D. Dissertation:
Urban Strangers: Representations of Migrant Workers in Contemporary Chinese Literature, Film and Popular Culture
Additional Information:
Qian is also the published author of quite a few fictional works in Chinese.In addition, she is the Chinese translator of Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts (by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead).

Academic History

  • M.A. University of Colorado Boulder
  • M.A. Thesis: Women, Men, Love and Sexual Discourse in Ye Lingfeng’s Fiction
  • B.A. Nanjing University, China

Teaching Experience


  • 2009-2011     Chinese 4: Intermediate Chinese for Heritage Students  Dr. Guan
  • Spring 2011, 2010  EACS 4B: East Asian Modern    Dr. Berry & Dr. Nathan
  • Winter 2010, 2009  Chinese 40: Popular Culture in Chinese Societies   Dr. Berry
  • Winter 2010   Beginning Chinese                              Dr. Chen
  • Winter 2009   History 80: East Asian Histories          Dr. Ji


  • 2013            WCAAS Best Graduate Student Paper Prize
  • 2008-2013   Regents Special Scholarship, University of California Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2008   Barrett Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2005-2006   University Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder

Conference Papers

  • 3/25/2013
    “Gendered Tales of Urban Adventures: Media Representations of Migrant Workers in 1980s and 1990s in China,” Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China Conference on “China’s Domestic Challenges.”
  • 11/10/2012
    “Globalization, Migrant Workers and Chinese Nationalism in the Cinematic Representations,” 69th Annual South Central MLA Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • 10/11/2012
    “A Century of Urban Dreams and the Migrant Narrative: a New Insight into ‘Stories of Rural People Going to the City’ in the 20th Century Chinese Literature, Film and Popular Culture,” The Western Conference of the Association for Asian Society, West Yellowstone, MT.
  • 6/6/2009
    “Recapturing Memory in a Floating City,” East Asian Colloquium Graduate Student Conference, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA.
  • 11/9/2008
    “Multimedia Aids in First-year Chinese Instruction,” The Third Chinese Language Pedagogy Colloquium, Cate School, Carpinteria, CA.


  • Dr. Michael Berry, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dr. Hsiao-Jung Yu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dr. Michael Curtin, Department of Film and Media Studies