Pre-Doctoral Fellow Joins Colleges’ Fisher Center – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Pre-Doctoral Fellow Joins Colleges’ Fisher Center

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men welcomes a Pre-Doctoral Fellow to teach gender history in East Asia and a course on Asian films.

(August 25, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—A social and cultural historian of modern China and Japan from the University of Iowa, Yunxiang Gao will teach at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a pre-doctoral fellow with the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men. She will teach one course in the fall, about gender history in East Asia since the mid-19th century, and one course in the spring, about Asian films.

Gao's research includes analysis of film, sports, and physical education, and offers unique analysis of the use of these cultural tools to recreate wartime citizenry. While exploring nationalist and later communist policies in sports and physical education as a broad context, she illuminates how the wartime Chinese governments constructed nationalism through martial arts, and by the examples of two distinctive female figures in film, sports, and physical education. The transnational experiences of these figures—Li Lili (dubbed the “Chinese Mae West” by Chinese critics) and Zhang Huilan (the first female to receive a Ph.D. in physical education)—brings her work into global perspective. She has also worked in European and American history, with an emphasis on relations between the United States and France during the occupation of Germany (1945-1948), and gender history in the U.S.

Gao holds a bachelor's degree from Inner Mongolian Normal University in China, and a master's degree from Peking University and is a Ph.D candidate in University of Iowa.

The Fisher Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.

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