Graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Professor Shaw’s main areas of study included modern Chinese and Japanese culture, literature and film.
Born and raised in the U.S. in early childhood and grown up in Taiwan until age 18, Professor Shaw underwent both Chinese and American schooling that enabled her to become fully bilingual and bicultural. At the University of Pennsylvania, she majored in political science and East Asian studies and spent her junior year abroad in Kyoto, Japan. During her Ph.D. studies at Harvard University, she again went to Japan and completed her dissertation research and writing at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University for 3 years under the scholarship support of Japan’s Ministry of Education. Such lived transcultural and transnational experiences have enabled her to become an expert on cross-cultural communication and exchange.
During her 2 years at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, she taught courses on “Cross-cultural Studies in the Age of Globalization”, “The World Through English Journalism”, and “China in the Foreigners’ Eyes”. She also served as the co-host for the “Culture Matters” program on International Channel of Shanghai (ICS).
Modern Chinese and Japanese literature, culture and film; Sino-Japanese wartime history and literature; intercultural and transnational identity formation; studies of third culture kids.