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Hui-shu Lee



Dr. Hui-shu Lee is a specialist in Chinese art history. She received her doctorate degree from Yale University in 1994 after first studying at National Taiwan University and working in the National Palace Museum. Her field of specialization is Chinese painting and visual culture, with a particular focus on gender issues. These include imperial female agency of the Song dynasty (960-1279) and dimensions of gender-crossing in late imperial China. Other areas of research are the cultural mapping of Hangzhou and its representation from the Southern Song (1127-1279), courtesan culture of Ming-dynasty Nanjing, the seventeenth-century individualist painter Bada Shanren, and a number of modern and contemporary artists.

She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including a Getty postdoctoral grant and a Getty Foundation grant for publication. Among her publications are Exquisite Moments: West Lake & Southern Song Art (New York: China Institute, 2001) and Empresses, Art, and Agency in Song Dynasty China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010).

Background Readings

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  • Dal Lago, Francesca. "Crossed Legs in 1930s Shanghai: How 'Modern' the Modern Woman?" East Asian History 19 (June 2000), 103-44
  • "Embroidering with Paint," in Off the Canvas: A Solo Show by Cai Jin
  • Erickson, Britta. "The Rise of a Feminist Spirit in Contemporary Chinese Art," Art Asia Pacific, 31 (2001), 65-71
  • Lee, Hui-Shu. Empresses, Art and Agency in Song Dynasty China. University of Washington Press, 2010
  • Welland, Sasha Su-Ling . "What Women Will Have Been: Reassessing Feminist Cultural Production in China: A Review Essay," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 31:4 (Summer 2006), 941-966
  • Weidner, Marsha, ed., F lowering in the Shadows: Women in the History of Chinese and Japanese Painting. University of Hawaii Press, 1990
  • Wu Hung, Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century. Chicago,   1999.