Hongmei Sun

Hongmei Sun

Hongmei Sun

Chinese Graduate Advisor

Associate Professor

Chinese: literature, film, popular culture, myth and folklore, media and digital culture; cross-cultural Traditional Chinese medicine; comparative literature; translation studies; Asian American literature

Hongmei's research interest is around Chinese traditions in a cross-cultural context. Her manuscript, 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 forthcoming with University of Washington Press, 2018.

“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 318  Introduction to Classical Chinese

CHIN 320  Contemporary Chinese Film

CHIN 325  Major Chinese Writers (Women in Chinese literature)

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

CHIN 365  Readings in Chinese Fiction After Mao

CHIN 470  Special Topics in Chinese Studies (Food and Culture in China)

CHIN 475  Chinese Popular Culture

CHIN 481   Fourth Year Chinese II

CHIN 518   Topics in Classical/Literary Chinese

CHIN 520  Transnational Chinese Cinema