Calvin Hui is Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies in Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of William and Mary. In May 2013, he received his PhD in Literature at Duke University, after completing his dissertation “The People’s Republic of Capitalism: The Making of the New Middle Class in Post-Socialist China, 1978 - Present” under the supervision of Rey Chow, Michael Hardt, and Fredric Jameson. His research and teaching focus on modern Chinese humanities (film, media, and literature), critical theory, and cultural studies, with a particular emphasis on Marxist theory, gender and sexuality studies, and post-colonial and ethnic studies.
Currently, he is working on a book manuscript about fashion, cinema, documentary, and Chinese consumer culture in the socialist and post-socialist contexts. He also researches on China's shanzhai (copycat) cultures such as architecture and city planning. His publications have appeared and are forthcoming in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, and The Changing Landscape of China's Consumerism.
In fall 2015, Calvin Hui is teaching "CHIN 428: Advanced Seminar in Chinese (Topic: Fake Globalization, Counterfeit China)" and "CHIN 100: Fashion, Media, and Chinese Consumer Culture." In spring 2016, he will be teaching "CHIN 150: Freshman Seminar (Topic: Brand New China)" and "CHIN 250: Introduction to Chinese Cultural Studies." Since coming to William and Mary in fall 2013, he has also offered courses such as "CHIN 220" Chinese Popular Culture" and "CHIN 360: Introduction to Chinese Cinema." He has directed an honors thesis entitled "Cooperative Comrades: Contract Marriages and the Chinese LGBT Movement," which focuses on "fake" marriages between gay men and lesbians in contemporary China, and has supervised independent study such as "China Opening Up: Sexxx Cultures and Politics Since 1978." He welcomes students' inquiry about pursuing honors thesis or independent study in the following areas: (1) The Chinese Middle Class and Culture; (2) U.S.-China Cultural Exchange; (3) Consumer Culture and Counterfeit Cultures; (4) Migrant Labor Issues; (5) Environmental Concerns; and (6) Chinese Diaspora (ethnicity) and the Sinophone (language).
Calvin Hui organized two Chinese Major Forums to showcase his students' innovative research projects in Chinese Studies.
- "Fashion, Media, and Chinese Consumer Culture" (February 2014). Poster. Videos.
- "Desiring China" (December 2014). Poster. Videos.
- "Fake Globalization, Counterfeit China" (2015-16).
- Future topics may include "Marxism, New Media, China.