Gang Huang

PhD student in Chinese & Comparative Literature
McDonnell Academy Scholar
research interests:
  • Sinophone literature & cinema
  • Youth activism
  • Biopolitics
  • Authoritarianism
  • New Cold War
  • COVID-19 narratives
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  • Washington University
  • MSC 1111-107-115
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  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Gang Huang is a PhD student in the joint Chinese and Comparative Literature program.

Gang studies the political sentiments in the Sinophone areas (mainly China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) through the lens of youth activism, nationalism, authoritarianism, and COVID-19 narratives in the New Cold War and post-pandemic era. By conducting a cultural analysis of the “anti-China” sentiment, their research will shed light on a political sentiment that actually manifests xenophobia, ethnonationalism, and fear politics. They then propose an emotive political negotiation based on decolonial collaboration among these places.

An award-winning poet from Taiwan, Gang writes about Taiwanese indigenous culture and gender and sexual minorities. Their poetry collection Who Cuts the Tribe in Half (2014) was funded by Taiwan’s National Cultures and Arts Foundation, one of the finalists of the prestigious Taiwan Literature Awards, and won the 1st Yang Mu Literary Prize. An anthology they coedited Under the Same Roof: A Poetry Anthology for LGBT (2019) is the first LGBTQIA+ poetry anthology in the Chinese-language world. Their current poetry project THEY: The Life Stories of Sinophone Queers (forthcoming in Fall 2023) is a contemporary body topology of the Sinophone queer people, interwoven by their social experiences and gender explorations.

    Selected Publications:


    • Who Cut the Tribe in Half? Taipei: Two Fishes Publishing Co., Ltd., 2014.


    • Co-edited with Li, Wen-chi and Shen Shen. Under the Same Roof: A Poetry Anthology for LGBT. Taipei: Dark Eyes Ltd., September 2019.



    Articles & Book Chapters (2017-2022)

    • “Sleeping Pills,” “The Unconditional,” Unitas. Forthcoming in 2022.


    • “Discipline,” The Epoch Poetry Quarterly. Vol. 212, Fall (2022), pp. 136-137.


    • “Sinophone Queer,” Liberty Times, 08/30/2022.


    • “Bones,” United Daily News, 08/09/2022.


    • “Response,” China Times, 08/08/2022.


    • “Who Cut the Tribe in Half?” “Goddess Transformation,” “The Waves of the Pacific Ocean,” “Socks,” in Xiang yang etc. ed., New Century New Generation Poetry Anthology. Taipei: Chiuko Publishing, June 2022.