Charlie Yi Zhang is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. His research addresses the cultural, material, and affective ramifications of neoliberal restructuring in the Asia-Pacific through the lenses of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class, and explores transnational networks of resistance to imperialist and neocolonial exploitation. Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, Zhang has published research articles in top-ranking journals in several fields, including the Journal of Asian Studies, American Quarterly, Feminist Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, and Feminist Formations.

Dreadful Desires: A Conversation with Charlie Yi Zhang

In his new book, Dreadful Desires: The Uses of Love in Neoliberal China (Duke University Press, 2022), Charlie Yi Zhang explores how the Chinese State mobilises love to regulate the affective economy and life choices of its population. Affective notions of love, Zhang demonstrates, are constructed in a way that bolsters nationalism, heteronormativity, and neoliberalism—forces […]

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