The Case of 22 Lewd Chinese Women: An Archive Toward the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers

Christine Yao

University of British Columbia

Christine “Xine” Yao is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and will be Lecturer of American to 1900 at University College London. She holds her PhD in English from Cornell University and is currently working on her book manuscript about the racial, sexual, and cultural politics of unfeeling in nineteenth-century America. Her research and other scholarly writing appears or is forthcoming in J19, Occasion, Common-Place, Canadian Literature, and American Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. Xine is Chair of the C19 Podcast Subcommittee and co-host of PhDivas, a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide.


Supposedly “lewd and debauched” Chinese women arriving via the Pacific on the steamer Japan posed such a threat to heteronormative white American society that this incident begat the suspicious hermeneutics of US... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Christine Yao (University of British Columbia)

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Pacific Intersections


S9 » Seminar 9: Pacific Intersections (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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