Peipei Qiu

Professor and Chair of Chinese and Japanese on the L.B. Dale & A. Lichtenstein Chair
Peipei Qiu wearing a burgundy shirt and jacket.

Peipei Qiu is Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair Professor at Vassar College. She joined the Vassar faculty in 1994 after teaching for two years at Fordham University. She received her BA and MA from Peking University and M.Phil. and PhD from Columbia University. A specialist in Japanese literature, Professor Qiu teaches a wide range of courses in Japanese and Chinese literature, language, Asian Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include Japanese poetry, comparative studies of Japanese and Chinese literature, Daoist tradition in East Asian literature, women in East Asian literature and societies, and Japanese language pedagogy.

BA, MA, Peking University (北京大学); MPhil, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
At Vassar since 1994


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 301

Research and Academic Interests

Japanese and Chinese literature; Daoist philosophy; Women in East Asian literature and societies

Selected Publications


  • Bashô and the Dao: The Zhuangzi and the Transformation of Haikai. University of Hawai’i Press, 2005
  • Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves, authored with collaborating researchers Su Zhiliang and Chen. The University of British Columbia Press, 2013.  The Oxford University Press, 2014; Hong Kong University Press, 2014.
  • 日本帝國的性奴隸:中國慰安婦的證言. Hongkong University Press, 2017.  (Traditional Chinese character edition)
  • 日本帝国的性奴隶:中国慰安妇的证言. China Social Science Press, 2018. (Simplified Chinese character edition).

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • “From Kuang 狂to Fukyo 風狂: Eccentric Personas in Chinese and Japanese Poetry,” in Qian Nanxiu, Ricard J. Smith, and Zhang Bowei, eds., Rethinking the Sinosphere: Poetics, Aesthetics and Identity Formation. New York: Cambria Press, 2020. 96–135.
  • “Documenting War Atrocities Against Women: Newly Discovered Japanese Military Files in Jilin Provincial Archives,” in Pyong Gap Min, Thomas R. Chung, and Sejung Sage Yim, eds., The Transnational Redress Movement for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, Berlin, Deutschland: De Gruyter, 2020. 271–293.
  • 构建超越民族国家的历史记忆—美国“慰安妇”纪念碑运动调查, in Riben qinhua Nanjing datusha yanjiu, 2019, Vol. 4, 14–26.
  • “‘Comfort Women’ and Aggressive War: Reading Korean and Chinese Survivor’s Accounts.” S/N Korea Humanities, Volume 3, No. 1, March 2017, 69–89.
  • “The Zhuangzi, Haikai, and the Poetry of Bashô,” in Daoism in Japan: Chinese Traditions and Their Influence on Japanese Religious Culture. (New York: Routledge, 2015). 179–208.
  • “Celebrating Kyô: The Eccentricity of Bashô and Nampo,” in Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume XVI (2008). 84–91. 
  • “Reinventing the Landscape: The Zhuangzi and the Geographical Imagination of Bashô,” in Eleanor Kerkham, ed. Haikai Intersections:  Exploring Matsuo Bashô’s Poetic Spaces. (Palgrave Press, 2006. 66–71.
  • “The Changing Views of the Zhuangzi in Kagami Shikô’s Haikai Theory,” in Japan Studies Review, Volume X (2006), pp. 3–17. 
  • “Aesthetic of Unconventionality: Fûryû in Ikkyû’s Poetry,” in Japanese Language and Literature, 35 (2001) 2: 135–156. 
  • “Onitsura’s Makoto and the Daoist Concept of the Natural,” Philosophy East & West 51 (July 2001) 3: 232–246.
  • “Bashô’s Fûryû and the Aesthetic of Shôyôyû: Poetics of Eccentricity and Unconventionality,” Japan Studies Review (May 2001) 5: 1–36. 
  • “Inventing the New Through the Old: The Essence of Haikai and the Zhuangzi,” Early Modern Japan IX (Spring, 2001) 1: 2–18. 
  • 俳諧の確立と荘子―日本詩歌古典重視の伝統の観点からの分析 (The establishment of haikai and the Zhuangzi—in the context of Japanese poetic tradition), in 日本研究 (Bulletin for Japanese Studies) 20 (February, 2000): 261–291. (In Japanese. Refereed academic journal.)
  • “Adaptation and Transformation: A Study of Taoist Influence on Early Seventeenth Century Haikai,” in Amy V. Heinrich, ed., Currents in Japanese Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. 185–203. 
  • 浅谈「雪国」 (A Study of Kawabata Yasunari’s Snow Country), Riben wenxue (Journal of Japanese Literature) 3 (1982): 284–294. 
  • 森欧外小说的思想矛盾记艺术特色 (A Study of Mori Ogai’s Novels), 《外国文学》 (Journal of Foreign Literature) 1 (1982): 51–79. 
  • 森鸥外的早期创作 (The Early Works of Mori Ogai), 《亚非问题研究》 (Journal of Asian and African studies) 1 (1981): 49–54. 

In the Media

Professor Peipei Qiu on the testimonies of WWII Chinese “comfort women” on This Morning with Alex Jensen.

Peipei Qiu, Professor and Chair of Chinese and Japanese on the L.B. Dale & A. Lichtenstein Chair, and her book Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves were mentioned in a China Daily story about comfort women.


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