Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Hongmei Sun

Hongmei Sun

Hongmei Sun

Assistant Professor

Chinese: comparative literature, modern Chinese literature and culture, Chinese myth and folklore, translation studies

Hongmei's research interest is around Chinese traditions in a cross-cultural context. Her current project, entitled Transforming Monkey: Adaptation and Representation, explores how the Chinese classic Journey to the West has been adapted in recent history from China to the United States, and how such adaptations have used the image of its protagonist Sun Wukong, aka. the Monkey King, in cross-temporal and cross-cultural representation, and in turn changed this iconic image.

Selected Publications

Transforming Monkey: Adaptation and Representation. Manuscript in process with University of Washington Press.

“Becoming a Ruin: Breaking into The First Emperor’s Necropolis,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 11: 2 (2017), 352–374.

“Time travel and chronotope: The Lost Empire and The Forbidden Kingdom as adaptations of Journey to the West,” Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies, 3:2 (2016), 175–187.

Courses Taught

CHIN 311  Modern Chinese Literature in translation

CHIN 325  Major Chinese Writers (Women in Chinese literature)

CHIN 328  Asian American Woman Writers (China in Asian American writings)

CHIN 475  Chinese Popular Culture