Elena Suet-Ying Chiu

Visiting Associate Professor in East Asian Languages & Literatures

Smith College

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020

Monday, 12:10-1:10 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

And by appointment.

Henshaw B3-202



Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Chinese University of Hong Kong


Elena Suet-Ying Chiu received her bachelor’s in Chinese language and literature from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her doctorate in Asian languages and cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. She studied Manchu language, a critically endangered language, in both Beijing and the U.S. She is currently associate professor of Chinese literature in East Asian Languages and Cultures at UMass Amherst.

Chiu is the author of Bannermen Tales (Zidishu): Manchu Storytelling and Cultural Hybridity in the Qing Dynasty (Harvard University Asia Center, 2018). Bannermen Tales is the first book in English to offer a comprehensive study of zidishu (bannermen tales)—a popular storytelling genre created by the Manchus in early 18th-century Beijing. She is working on a new project pertaining to Chinese novels/novellas focusing on contemporary issues (shishi) written in the late Qing.

Chiu’s research and teaching interests include traditional Chinese narrative and drama; Ming-Qing oral and performing literature; Manchu language, literature, and culture; as well as ethnicity and gender issues in late imperial and early Republican China. Her research has been supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies as well as grants from University of Massachusetts Amherst, Columbia University and other external funding.