Emma Teng






  • Taiwan's Imagined Geography: Chinese Colonial Travel Writing and Pictures, 1683-1895, Harvard University Asia Center/ dist. Harvard University Press, 2004, 370 pp.

Chapters in Books:

  • "The West as a Kingdom of Women: Woman and Occidentalism in Wang Tao's Tales of Travel," in Traditions of East Asian Travel, ed. Joshua A. Fogel. London: Berghahn Books, 2006.

  • "What's 'Chinese' in Chinese Diasporic Literature?" in Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature, ed. Charles A. Laughlin, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, pp. 61-80.

  • “Texts on the Right and Pictures on the Left: Reading the Qing Record of Frontier Taiwan,” in Writing and Materiality in China, eds. J. Zeitlin and L. Liu, Harvard University Asia Center/ dist. Harvard University Press, 2003, pp. 451-87.

  • “Artifacts of a Lost City: Arnold Genthe’s Photographs of Old Chinatown and its Intertexts,” Re/collecting Early Asian America: Readings in Cultural History, eds. Y. Matsukawa, I. Lim and J. Lee, Temple University Press, 2002; pp. 83-114.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

  • "Taiwan in the Chinese Imagination, 17th-19th Centuries," The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (japanfocus.org/_Emma_Jinhua_Teng-Taiwan_in_the_Chinese_Imagination__17th_19th_Centuries), June 2007.

  • "Eurasian Hybridity in Chinese Utopian Visions: From 'One World' to a 'Society Based on Beauty' and Beyond," positions: east asia cultures critique (Volume 14.1, Spring 2006).

  • “Taiwan as a Living Museum: Tropes of Anachronism in Late-Imperial Chinese Travel Writing,” The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 59.2 (December 1999), pp. 445-484.

  • “An Island of Women: The Discourse of Gender in Qing Travel Accounts of Taiwan,” International History Review 20.2 (June 1998), pp. 353-370. Reprinted as chapter entitled “An Island of Beautiful Women: The Discourse on Gender in Ch’ing Travel Accounts of Taiwan” in Women in New Taiwan: Gender Roles and Gender Consciousness in a Changing Society, eds. Catherine Farris, Murray Rubinstein and Lee Angru, M.E. Sharpe, (2004), pp. 41-58. Reprinted as a chapter in Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History, eds. Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantyne, Duke University Press, (2005), pp. 38-53.

  • “Miscegenation and the Critique of Patriarchy in Turn-of-the-Century Fiction,” Race, Gender and Class, special issue on Asian Americans, vol. 4 no. 3 (Fall 1997), pp. 69-87. Reprinted as a chapter in Asian American Studies: A Reader, eds. Jean Wu and Min Song, Rutgers University Press, 2000, pp. 95-110.

  • “The Construction of the ‘Traditional Chinese Woman’ in the Western Academy: A Critical Review,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society vol. 22 (Fall 1996), pp. 115-151.

  • “A Search for the Strange and a Discovery of the Self: Yu Yung-ho’s Small Sea Travelogue as a Work of Self-Representation,” Harvard Papers on Chinese Literature vol. 1 (Spring 1993), pp. 105-128.

  • “Religion as a Source of Creativity and Oppression for Chinese Women,” Journal of Women and Gender Studies 1.1 (1990), pp. 165-194.


  • Pihai jiyou: An Early Exploration Account of Taiwan,” in Hawaii Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture, ed. V. Mair, N. Steinhardt and P. Goldin,University of Hawaii Press, 2005, pp. 548-562.

  • “A Brief Record of the Eastern Ocean by Ding Shaoyi,” in Under Confucian Eyes: Texts on Gender in Chinese History, eds. S. Mann and Y. Cheng, University of California Press, 2001, pp. 350-362, 457-461.

  • “Exploring China’s Last Frontier: Excerpts from Yu Yonghe’s Small Sea Travelogue,” Asian Pacific American Journal 4.1 (Spring/Summer 1995), pp. 89-107

Book Review

  • Review of Xu Xiake (1587-1641): The Art of Travel Writing by Julian Ward, for the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Dec. 2002, 13 pp.

Other Publications

  • "Yu Yonghe: Chinese Explorer," entry for the Oxford Companion to World Exploration, ed. David Buisser, Oxford University Press, 2007.

  • “‘Oriental’ Style: Japonisme and Chinoiserie,” Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture, From Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism, ed. Jeff Yang et al., Houghton Mifflin, 1997, 14 pp.

  • “The Translator as Ideal Reader,” ExplanAsian (publication of the Asian American Writers’ Association) 4.1 (Spring 1996), 2 pp.

  • “The Battle of the Sexes in Asian American Literature,” ExplanAsian 4.1 (Fall 1995), 3 pp. Reprinted in Xin, magazine of the MIT Chinese Student Club, issue 6 (March 1996), 2 pp.

  • “Gorbachev’s Reforms in Eastern Europe,” Xinchaoliu (The Movement), March 1990 [in Chinese], 5 pp.

Edited Books and Journals

  • Co-editor, Let Taiwan be Taiwan: Documents on the International Status of Taiwan, Washington D.C.: CTIR Publications, 1990, published in Chinese translation as Taiwan jiushi Taiwan, Taipei: Vanguard Publishing Press, 1993, 260 pp, available online at www.formosa.org/betrayed/ctir1/ctir1.pdf.

  • Co-editor, Harvard Papers on Chinese Literature, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University, vol. 1 (Spring 1993), 128 pp, vol. 2 (Autumn 1994), 173 pp.
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