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NICHOLAS A. KALDIS

Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies;
Coordinator of Chinese Studies; Chair of Graduate Committee

Ph.D., Chinese Literature, 1998, The Ohio State University
M.A., Chinese Literature, 1991, The Ohio State University
M.A., English and American Literature, 1986, Purdue University

Office: LS G623
Phone: 777-5796
Email: nkaldis@binghamton.edu

Areas of Study and Interest

20th-Century Chinese Literature and Film
20th-Century Taiwan Literature and Film
Translation of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Drama from China and Taiwan
Chinese Language Pedagogy

Recent Courses

Introduction to the Cultures of China, Japan, and Korea
2nd-Year Intermediate Mandarin I
2nd-Year Intermediate Mandarin II
Contemporary Chinese Cinemas
Issues in Modern Taiwan Literature & Cinema
20th-Century Chinese Literature in Translation
Modern Chinese Poetry in Translation

Recent Publications (Articles and Reviews)

“Couching Race in the Global Era: Intra-Asian Racism in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Solicited by Guest Editor for publication in Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese [現代中文文學學報]: Special Issue: “Center and Periphery in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture” [專號: 中心與邊緣]. (Forthcoming: 2010). 1-50.

“Couching Race in the Global Era: Intra-Asian Racism in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” In The Status of Theory in Contemporary Chinese Film and Visual Culture. Jason C. Kuo, Editor. {Authorized reprint of Journal Article, solicited by Jason C. Kuo} Cambria Press Inc. (Forthcoming).

“A Brief Response to Wendy Larson’s ‘Zhang Yimou’s Hero: dismantling the myth of cultural power.’” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 3:1 (June 2009): 83-88.

“Introduction.” Co-authored with Julia C. Lin. 20th-Century Chinese Women’s Poetry: An Anthology. Edited and Translated by Julia C. Lin. M. E. Sharpe (2009): xvii-lxvi.

"Submerged Ecology and Depth Psychology in Wushan yunyu: Aesthetic Insight into National Development." In Chinese Ecocinema In the Age of Environmental Challenge. Sheldon H. Lu and Jiayan Mi, Editors. Hong Kong University Press (2009): 57-72.

“Chapter I: Abreaction Through Artistic Mediation: An Introduction to Lu Xun’s Aesthetic Praxis.” In Unsettling Art: A Study of Lu Xun’s Yecao (Sample Chapter and Prospectus Currently under submission). 1-49.

Review: “Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics: Studies in Literature and Visual Culture (Sheldon H. Lu).” Journal of Asian Studies (67.3 August 2008). 1067-1068.

Recent Publications (Translations)

Liu Kexiang: “A Prose Perspective” (“散文觀”). Translation solicited by editors for: The Literature of Taiwan: A Sourcebook. Michelle Yeh & Sung-Sheng Yvonne Chang, Editors. (Forthcoming).

Zhang Zao (张枣): “Farewell (to the) Fortress of Solitude”(告别孤独堡); “A Year of Letters” (春秋来信). Translations solicited by editors for: National Endowment of the Arts Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry. Howard Goldblatt & Sylvia Lin, Editors. Copper Canyon Press (Forthcoming).

Zhu Fengming: “Meteor Account”; Zhu Yongliang: “Memory of a Moment’s Bliss”; Hu Dong: “Bodhidharma Hesitates on the Banks of the Yellow River”, “Curing a Cough”; Han Dong: “Essay Fragment”; Song Lin : “No Sleep”, “The Pier Reaching Out To the Sea”, “En Route”; Yu Jian: “Fragments” (Selections); Zeng Hong: “Imaginary Existence”. Dirty Goat #24 (Forthcoming, February 2011).

Li Longyun: “Man and Wilderness” (1985). In Xiaomei Chen, ed. Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama. (Forthcoming).

Lu Xun: “Foreword to Yecao” (野草題辭 Yecao Tici) / “The Beggars” (求乞者 Qiuqizhe). In Stephen Edgar Bradbury et. al., Editors, Prose Poetry: East Asia. (Forthcoming).

Liu Kexiang: “Liu Kexiang: Natural Science Teacher.” In Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, Ravi Shankar, Editors. Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. W.W. Norton & Co. (2008).

Publications in Progress (Book Manuscripts)

Unsettling Art: A Study of Lu Xun’s Yecao (Currently under submission).

Nature Writing in Contemporary Taiwan: The Essays of Liu Kexiang. (Edited volume of translations, commissioned by the author. In Process.)

The Lens of Culture: Contemporary Subjects in Recent Chinese Films. (Manuscript of contemporary Chinese film interpretations.

China-Related-Careers

About China Related Careers

The Chinese Related Careers website was created by Professor Nick Kaldis of Binghamton University and a few of his students (see "contact us" section). This website is designed to be a resource for people on the path to finding a Chinese-related career. We conceive of "China" and "Chinese" in the broadest possible terms, to include the People's Republic of China, Taiwan (The Republic of China), Singapore, Hong Kong, and diasporic communities of Chinese speakers and/or people of Chinese heritage around the globe.

Why a Career Dealing with China?

The contemporary global and regional importance of China is among the most significant phenomena of the 21st-Century. This phenomenon cannot be properly understood, however, without knowledge of the distinct and diverse local characteristics that comprise greater "China", including its history, society, economy, politics, and culture. For what is "China" and "Chinese" in the 21st-Century has become a complex issue, encompassing a diversity of definitions and narratives of "China" that challenges any singular, reductive, or monolithic "CHINA". Therefore, people familiar with the many facets of Chinese history, society, economy, politics, and culture are poised to make significant contributions to any institution, corporation, NGO, educational, government-affiliated, or private organization that requires personnel with knowledge, background, and interest in China (familiarity with the Chinese language is of course an extremely valuable asset as well).  These China experts are best able to analyze and interpret how the various and frequently contested ideas, images, and narratives of Chinese history, society, economy, politics, and culture are evolving in the 21st-Century.

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Last Updated: 4/12/13