Lydia H. Liu
Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

Lydia H. Liu participated in the World Leaders Forum event, The First Emperor and Our World, in November 2006.

Lydia H. Liu is regarded as one of the nation's foremost scholars in modern Chinese literature and culture. Her unique insights into both western and eastern cultures have made her a highly sought-after authority in comparative literature and cultural studies-on both sides of the Pacific. She has published widely in literary theory, cultural translation, material culture, and postcolonial empire studies. Translingual Practice and Tokens of Exchange (her edited volume) are both innovative studies of how words, ideas, and artifacts move across cultures, civilizations, and histories. The Clash of Empires, which is her latest work, reexamines the earthshaking encounters between the British Empire and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) during the Opium Wars. The study shows that what is lost in translation may be a war, a world, or a way of life. Liu is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim award in 1997.

Executive Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University completed her doctorate in comparative literature at Harvard University in 1990. Since then, she spent more than a decade teaching at UC Berkeley where she eventually became the Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Over the past four years, she taught at the University of Michigan where she held the chair of the Helmut Stern Professorship in Chinese Studies. This year, she joined the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.



Participated In

The First Emperor and Our World

Date: November 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Location: Miller Theatre
A roundtable discussion with Columbia faculty and the distinguished
artists who are collaborating on the production of Tan Dun's The First
Emperor, which has its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on
December 21. In conjunction with the Metropolitan