Recipient of a Critical Theory Summer Grant, 2017-2018
Lawrence Zi-Qiao Yang is a PhD candidate in Chinese-language cinema and literature, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. His research interests cover visual and literary culture of late imperial and Republican China, cinema and media from Cold War Taiwan and Hong Kong, theories of materialism, and the intersecting industrial-technological histories of cinema, architecture, and urban infrastructure. His research has been sponsored by The Fulbright Program, Mellon Foundation, and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. He has served as the editor of Room One Thousand, an interdisciplinary architectural journal of UC Berkeley, and the director of North American Taiwan Studies Association. He has published on Symploke: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship, among others. He is currently completing a dissertation titled “Speculative Statecraft: Logistical Media and the Culture of Chinese Cold War, 1940s-1970s.” In this dissertation, he deals with propaganda cinema, media, and literature from Taiwan and Hong Kong in relation to the design and discourse of logistics in the context of Cold War.