Ping Wang

Professor English
Creative writing, poetry and fiction; the Chinese-American immigrant experience; footbinding, sexuality and eroticism in Chinese culture; women in modern China; Chinese migrant workers and industrialization; environmental issues; photography.

Old Main, 217
Telephone: 651-696-6512

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Wang Ping was born in China and came to USA in 1986. Her publications include American Visa (short stories, 1994), Foreign Devil (novel, 1996), Of Flesh and Spirit (poetry, 1998), The Magic Whip (poetry, 2003), The Last Communist Virgin (stories, 2007), All Roads to Joy: Memories along the Yangtze (forthcoming 2012), all from Coffee House. New Generation: Poetry from China Today (1999), an anthology she edited and co-translated, is published by Hanging Loose. Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation with Ron Padgett, 2010 from Zephyr. Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000, University of Minnesota Press) won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities, and in 2002, Random House published its paperback. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. She had two photography and multi-media exhibitions--“Behind the Gate: After the Flooding of the Three Gorges” at Janet Fine Art Gallery, Macalester College, 2007, and “All Roads to Lhasa” at Banfill-Lock Cultural Center, 2008. She collaborated with the British filmmaker Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves, a film installation about the illegal Chinese immigration in London. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and the McKnight Artist Fellowship.

 

Areas of Study

  • Creative writing, poetry and fiction
  • The Chinese-American immigrant experience
  • Footbinding, sexuality and eroticism in Chinese culture
  • Women in modern China
  • Chinese migrant workers and industrialization
  • Environmental issues
  • Photography

2013-2014 Courses

  • Intro to Creative Writing (150-01), Fall
  • Crafts of Writing: Poetry (280-01), Fall
  • Intro to Creative Writing (150-01 and 150-02), Spring
  • Projects in Creative Writing (406-01), Spring

Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts fellowship: poetry
  • New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship: poetry
  • New York State Council for the Arts fellowship: poetry
  • Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship: fiction
  • Loft career initiative grant: poetry
  • Bush foundation fellowship for poetry
  • McKnight Fellowship for prose
  • Eugene M. Kayden Book Award
  • MN Book Award fiction
  • Asian American Studies Book Award fiction

Major Publications

  • Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, trans. by Wang Ping and Ron Padgett (Zephre Press, 2010)
  • The Last Communist Virgin, novellas and short stories (Coffee House Press, 2007)
  • The Dragon Emperor, Chinese folklore (Lerner Publications, 2006)
  • The Magic Whip, a book of poetry (Coffee House Press, 2003)
  • Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (University of Minnesota Press, 2000; Random House paperback edition, 2002)
  • Editor and co-translator, New Generation: Poetry from China Today (Hanging Loose Press 1999)
  • Of Flesh and Spirit (Coffee House Press, 1998)
  • Foreign Devil (Coffee House Press, 1996)
  • American Visa (Coffee House Press, 1994)

Major Exhibitions

  • “Behind the Gate: After the Flooding of the Three Gorges” at Janet Fine Art Gallery, Macalester College, 2007, a multi-media exhibition with photographs, video installation, and texts
  • “All Roads to Lhasa” at Banfill-Lock Cultural Center, 2008, a multi-media exhibition with photographs, video installation, and texts
  • “Ten Thousand Waves,” a collaboration with the British filmmaker Isaac Julien, a film installation about the illegal Chinese immigration in London, premiered in Sidney, Shanghai, London, Miami Art Basel

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BA: (English Literature) Beijing University, 1984

MA: (English Literature) Long Island University,1987

PhD, MA: (Comparative Literature) New York University, 1999, 1994

  • BA: (English Literature) Beijing University, 1984
  • MA: (English Literature) Long Island University,1987
  • PhD, MA: (Comparative Literature) New York University, 1999, 1994