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Peipei Qiu Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the L.B. Dale & A. Lichtenstein Chair

Peipei Qiu is Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair Professor of Chinese and Japanese and has served both as the Advisor to Class of 2021 and Chair of the Department of Chinese and Japanese. 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.

Professor Qiu is the recipient of many honors and grants, including National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Mellon Foundation Grant, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, The Japan Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, Columbia University President’s Fellowship, and The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Researchers. She is the author of 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 (University of British Columbia Press, 2013; Oxford University Press, 2014; Hong Kong University Press, 2014), Riben diguo de xingnuli: Zhongguo "weianfu" de zhengyan (Hong Kong University Press, 2017; China Social Sience Press, 2018), and many research articles. Professor Qiu's scholarship has been published in English, Japanese, and Chinese languages and drawn international attention. Her interviews and media appearances include BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, among others.

  • BA, MA, Peking University; PhD, Columbia University
  • At Vassar since 1994

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  • East Asian Literature

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