Wu, Yiching

Photo of Professor Yiching Wu. Yiching Wu
(Ph.D., University of Chicago)

Associate Professor
Department of East Asian Studies
Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs
Office Location: Robarts Library 14133 (14th Floor)
Office Phone: 416-946-5110
E-mail: yiching[dot]wu[at]utoronto[dot]ca

Yiching Wu teaches East Asian studies, modern Chinese history, and anthropology at the University of Toronto. With a training in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago, his research focuses on the history, society, and politics of Mao’s China, in particular during the Cultural Revolution. His book, The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2014), was awarded the President’s Book Award by the Social Science History Association. His main scholarly interests include anthropology and history, critical social theory, populism and social protest, socialism and postsocialism, and politics of historical knowledge. He is currently working on a book-length project that reexamines the origins and coming of the Cultural Revolution.

Academic Background:

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • M.A. University of Chicago, Columbia University
  • B.A. East China Normal University, China

Selected Courses:

  • Mao’s China and Beyond
  • The Cultural Revolution
  • Nationalism and Revolution in Modern Asia
  • Comparative Modernities in Asia
  • Special Topics in Twentieth-Century Chinese History
  • Theorizing Class beyond the “Cultural Turn”
  • China in Transition
  • Global Asia
  • Specialist Seminar

Selected Publications:

  • “Oxford Bibliography of the Cultural Revolution,” Oxford Bibliographies of Chinese Studies (Oxford University Press), forthcoming.
  • “Mass Politics and Ideological Struggle in the Chinese Cultural Revolution: A Response to Critics,” Trajectories: Newsletters of the ASA Comparative and Historical Society Section, forthcoming.
  • The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2014). Winner of the President’s Book Award, the Social Science History Association; finalist, Wallace K. Ferguson Prize (for “the outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history”), Canadian Historical Association.
  • “Coping with Crisis in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution: Toward a Historical Critique of Chinese Postsocialism,” Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory 21, no. 4 (2013), 1-32.
  • “The Great Retreat and Its Discontents: Reexamining the Shengwulian Episode in the Cultural Revolution,” The China Journal, no. 71, 2014. Forthcoming.
    “How State Enumeration Spoiled Mao’s Last Revolution,” Journal of Modern Chinese History 7, no. 2 (2013), 1-18.
  • “‘Revolution’ and ‘Restoration’ in Contemporary China: A Genealogical Inquiry,” in Xueping Zhong, ed., Culture and Social Transformations: Theoretical Framework and Chinese Context (Brill, 2013), 293-314.
  • “Chinese Socialism and Market Transition: A Critique,” in China and Socialism: Criticisms and Commentaries, Du Jiping, ed. (Taipei: Renjian chubanshe, 2006), 178-201 (in Chinese).
  • “Rethinking ‘Capitalist Restoration’ in China,” Monthly Review, 57 (6): 44-63, 2005 (translated into Danish, Bengali, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese).
  • “Prelude to Culture: Interrogating Colonial Rule in Early British Hong Kong,” Dialectical Anthropology, 24 (1999):141-170.