Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu is working on a study of immigrant culture and American ideas around diversity. He is currently an associate professor of English at Vassar College, a contributor to the New Yorker, and an executive board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. He is the author of A Floating Chinaman, published by Harvard University Press in 2016. Hsu is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and has a Ph.D. in American studies from Harvard University.

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A Floating Chinaman

Hua Hsu describes how Chinese writers became ensnared in bitter rivalries over which could claim the title of America’s leading China expert

When White Poets Pretend to Be Asian

In 1991, literary magazines around the United States began receiving mysterious packages containing the poems of Araki Yasusada, a deceased

The Melancholy Pop Idol Who Haunts China

Teng’s influence was particularly powerful in China, which her parents had fled after the revolution. As an index of personal desires and ro

The Trouble with “White People”

It is, as they say, a teachable moment. Yet it’s hard to imagine where this conversation—where the promise of empathy or the silver lining o

The Impulsive Life Not Chosen

We often look to others for models of freedom. It just so happens that Neyfakh sees this possibility in an obscure rapper from Milwaukee—and

How Video Games Changed Popular Music

We are accustomed to thinking about pop music in terms of its most familiar metadata: songs and albums, scenes and artists. But what about a

On The Road With Hannibal Buress, Comedy's Most Respected Slacker

To those familiar with Hannibal's work, the bit captured something essential about his point of view as a comic, the way his jokes rely on b

One Last Rave

This fascination with the past—particularly a past that one hasn’t experienced—has become a central theme in the work of Jamie Smith, the tw

A Guide to Thesis Writing That Is a Guide to Life

It’s worth thinking through Eco’s evocation of a “just society.” We might even think of the thesis, as Eco envisions it, as a formal version

No Compromises

So Kendrick Lamar will lead, but who will follow? It’s increasingly unusual for an artist to make something that seeks to charge and infuria


But there’s a paradox at play: as technology enables us to access the far reaches of the planet, the illusion swells that the rest of the wo

Confucius and the World He Created

As China rises to superpower status, the country is challenging the U.S. not just economically and politically – but also ideologically.