Ashley Liu

Scholar of Sinophone Studies, Chinese and Taiwanese Literature of the Japanese Empire, and Digital Humanities


  1. “Self-Discovery and Assimilation: Colonial Literary Modernity in Japanophone Taiwanese Literature,” Modern Language Association Convention, Washington DC, 2022
  2. “Sinitic Topolects in the Era of Modern Colonialism: Debating Indigeneity through Fangyan in the Sinophone World, 1910s-1940s,” British Association for Chinese Studies Conference, Virtual, 2021
  3. “Imperial Japan and the Modern Chinese Identity: Internalized Anti-Chinese Racism in the Chinese Enlightenment,” American Comparative Literature Association, Virtual, 2021
  4. “Database Development for Non-Programmers: Acquiring, Cleaning, and Transforming Textual and Visual Data,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Virtual, 2021
  5. “Lu Xun and Tsubouchi Shōyō’s Invention of a Modern Sino-Japanese Discourse on Fiction,” Modern Language Association Convention, Virtual, 2021
  6. “The Role of Imperial Japan in Forming Modern Chinese Racial Identities,” University of Maryland Racial Justice Speaker Series, Virtual, 2021
  7. “From Premodern Xiaoshuo to Modern Fiction: The Untangling of Xiaoshuo and Fiction via Digital Research and a Critical Examination of Lu Xun’s Scholarship on Premodern Fiction,” Issues of Far Eastern Literature International Conference, Virtual, 2021
  8. “China’s Lost Connection to the Global South: A Fanonian Reading of Yu Dafu’s Experience of Being Chinese in Japan,” Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, Virtual, 2020
  9. “Between Autobiographical Despair and Fictional Mythorealism: Absurdism, Existentialism, and Fate in Yan Lianke’s Memoir and Fiction,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Virtual, 2020
  10. “From Xiaoshuo/Shōsetsu to Fiction: Lu Xun and Tsubouchi Shōyō’s Invention of a Modern Sino-Japanese Discourse on Fiction,” New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, Virtual, 2020
  11. “The Feminized Colonial Subject and His Lust for the Colonizer: Self-Orientalization and Occidentalist Fetish in Yu Dafu’s Chenlun,” American Association of Chinese Studies Conference, Virtual, 2020
  12. “Culture-less Theories in Culture-Bound Literary Scholarship: Reconceptualizing Chinese Fictionality through Narrative Theories and Digital Corpus Analysis,” 48th Annual Conference: Mid-Atlantic Association for Asian Studies, Dickinson College, 2019 (Nominated for the Marlene Mayo Graduate Student Paper Award)
  13. “Encyclopedia Humanities: Using AI to Aid Humanities Research,” WordLab, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
  14. “History and Fiction as Genres of Narrative Literature: Ontology, Conflict, and Cooperation,” 44th Annual Conference: Mid-Atlantic Association for Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2015