Fang Yu Hu

Fang Yu Hu


Fang Yu Hu

Assistant Professor

408A Brock Hall


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Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, 2015

M.A., University of Chicago, 2006

A.B., University of California at Berkeley, 2004


Dr. Fang Yu Hu’s teaching and research interests focus on modern China, Japan, and East Asia in global context. Dr. Hu is a historian of gender and colonialism, and is particularly interested in how people responded to government policy and institutions that aimed at shaping gender roles and citizenship. In her courses, Dr. Hu emphasizes the contemporary legacies of historical processes to encourage students to link the present with the past. Dr. Hu encourages students to think about intercultural connections between East Asian countries and other parts of the world.

Dr. Hu’s current research examines girls’ primary school education in Taiwan under Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945. It investigates the effects of changes brought by Japanese colonial education on the daily lives, self-perceptions, and memories of the first generation of girls to receive formal education in Taiwan by paying attention to nationality, gender, and socioeconomic status.


China’s Diplomatic History Since 1400

Gender and Sexuality in Modern East Asia

Modern East Asia

Modern China

Modern Japan

Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire

World History 1400 to present

WWII Memories in East Asia


American Fellowships Short-Term Research Publication Grant, American Association of University Women, 2019-2020  (News)  (Press Release)

Ruth S. Holmberg Grant for Faculty Excellence, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2019-2020

UTC Faculty Grants, Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, & Spring 2017

Honors College Student Research Fellow, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Spring 2019

Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Fund, 2017-2018

Chiang Ching–kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, 2014-2015

University of California Pacific Rim Advanced Graduate Research Fellowships, University of California, 2013-2014

Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012-2013

IIE Graduate Fellowships for International Study, 2011-2012

Publication Highlights

“Gender, Colonialism, and Education in Taiwan: Schoolgirls on the Home Front during the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937–1945,” Twentieth-Century China 43, no. 3 (2018): 232-250 (link)

“Taiwanese Girls’ Education, 1897–1945: Policy and Practice in a Gendered Colonial System.” Eras: Monash University School of Historical Studies Online Journal, Edition Thirteenth, Issue 1 (link)

Conference & Presentation Highlights

“Not Japanese and Not Chinese: Formation of Taiwanese Identity in the Postwar Period,” Presenter, Panel: “Belonging within the Japanese Empire: Identity Construction in Greater China across the 20th Century,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New York, January 3-6, 2020.

“Taiwanese Girls’ Education under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945,” Invited Talk, Asian Studies Program, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, April 4, 2019.

“Gender, Colonialism, and Education in Taiwan: School Girls on the Home Front during the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945,” Invited talk, Asian Studies Program, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, April 3, 2019.

“Gendered Language Readers: Assimilating Han Taiwanese Children under Japanese Rule,” Presenter, Panel: Gender and Education in Modern Japan, Annual Conference for the Association for Asian Studies, Denver, Colorado, March 22, 2019.

“Benevolent Educator or Oppressive Colonist? Portrayals of Japanese Teachers in Colonial and Postwar Taiwan,” Presenter, Panel: “The Japanese Empire and Its Non-National Actors,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2018.

“Good Wife, Wise Mother” and Colonialism: Education and Ideal of Womanhood in Taiwan under Japanese Rule, 1897-1945,” Presenter, Panel: “Gender and Technology in East and South Asia.” Annual Meeting for the Southeast Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, University of Mississippi, Mississippi, January 2017.

“Labor and Memory: The Mobilization of Taiwanese Schoolgirl Labor in World War II,” Presenter, The 19th Annual Conference for the North America Taiwan Studies Association: Taiwan in Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2013

“The Making of a Modern Woman or Housewife? Han Taiwanese Girls’ Education, 1897–1945,” Presenter, Annual Conference for the Association for Asian Studies: “Expanding Empires in East Asia as an Educational Intersection,” Toronto, Canada, March 2012 


Association for Asian Studies

American Historical Association

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