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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).

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