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Kanas (Xinjing) with a Tuvan boy who was trying to sell me yogurt (Photo credit: OUYANG Hui)

  • I am currently a 5th year Linguistics PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Before I came to the U.S., I attended Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where I studied Medical text of traditional Chinese Medicine, Old Chinese, Chinese literature, and Chinese linguistics. 
  • Grew up in a "dialect"-speaking region (Nanchang, Jiangxi), I developed my research interests in Chinese dialectology during my college years. 
  • I see myself as a "crosser" going between traditional Chinese linguistics and Sociolinguistics.
  • Recently, I have developed interdisciplinary interests in studies of gender and sexuality; adopting discourse methods, I examine the gendered intersubjectivity through discourse and narratives about domestic violence.

Upcoming conferences

  • Cui, J. Airing Dirty Laundry In Public: Analyzing a High–Profile Chinese Domestic Abuse Case.The 111th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Borders and Crossings)., November 14-18, 2012. San Francisco, CA [forthcoming

  • “Ala Zanghai Nin: Stylizing Cosmopolitan-ness in a Post-colonial Chinese City." 

    Sociolinguistics Symposium 19 (SS19). 21-24 August, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany 

    (2nd author with Wenhao Diao)