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Weihong Du

At Knox Since: 2009

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Du's research focuses on cross-cultural interactions between China and the West during the 1930s.

What brought you to Knox?

Before seeing the job posting, I hadn't heard much about Knox, actually. But after doing some research on the college, I became more and more interested in its history, reputation, and diversity. What really sealed the deal for me, however, was the enormously positive impression that the search committee for my position gave me during my interview. It was such a memorable experience because of their hospitality for a fellow scholar. Also, the Chinese program here is still just beginning to develop and I am happy to be part of its growth.

Describe your current research/creative work. What is most interesting about this work?

I am researching cross-cultural interactions between China and the West during the 1930s and how the specifics of those interactions affect authenticity and understanding. The most interesting thing about this topic is how it provides such a penetrating tool for defining the past and how it sheds light on contemporary cross-cultural interactions.

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Printed on Saturday, February 4, 2023