Dr. Gao Yunxiang (高云翔) is professor of history. Her research focuses primarily on trans-Pacific cultural history in the twentieth century through a multilingual approach. She has written two books. Arise, Africa! Roar, China!: Black and Chinese Citizens of the World in the Twentieth Century was published by the University of North Carolina Press in December 2021. https://medium.com/fairbank-center/arise-africa-roar-china-black-and-chinese-citizens-of-the-world-in-the-twentieth-century-b9839359b467 (external link) .This book focuses on the interactions of W.E.B Du Bois, Paul Robeson, https://vimeo.com/652173337 (external link) Langston Hughes, the founder of mass singing Liu Liangmo (刘良模 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9JsXtKmmlU, external link (external link) ), and the modern dancer-choreographer Sylvia Si-lan Chen Leyda (陈茜兰). Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-1945, appeared with the University of British Columbia Press in 2013.
Arise, Africa! Roar, China! has won the following honors: Honorable Mention for 2022 Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR); Finalist for 2022 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize of the Canadian Historical Association; Book Authority's 2022 Best New African Americans History Books Prize.
Dr. Gao has published articles in venues such as History Today, The Du Bois Review, Gender and History, The Journal of American East-Asian Relations, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Socialism and Democracy, and Sport in Society. Several of her articles have been translated into Chinese.
Currently, she is finishing two biographies, modeling a trans-nationalized Asian and Asian American history. They are tentatively entitled “Soo Yong (杨秀ca.1903-1984): A Hollywood Actress and Cosmopolitan of the Asian Diasporas” ( https://bit.ly/3dYGzBG, external link (external link) ); and “Wang Yung (王莹 ca.1913-1974): From Child Bride, Shanghai’s ‘Literary Star,’ to the Trans-Pacific ‘Drama Queen.’”
Dr. Gao also is a member of the graduate faculty.