Shuyu Kong

Professor, Co-Director (David Lam Centre for International Communication)
Global Humanities

Areas of interest

Chinese literary and cultural studies (modern and contemporary), literature and art in socialist China, Chinese artists in Europe in the early 20th century, and Sinophone literature and cinema.


  • PhD, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • MA, Comparative Literature, Peking University
  • BA, Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University


Shuyu Kong was trained in literary studies but her research interests have expanded to encompass cinema, mass media, and visual art. She has published several books and numerous articles on contemporary Chinese literary culture and popular media, as well as ethnic Chinese language media in Canada. Her current projects include co-editing a conference volume on global cultural and artistic exchanges in socialist China; editing & co- translating Zheng Shengtian’s book Art Dialogues between Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century; and a collaborative study of early 20th century Chinese women writers and artists in Europe, with scholars in China and France. She also actively explores ways to bring humanities research to broader audiences through bilingual creative writing and documentary film.

Shuyu has taught at SFU since 2008, with a joint appointment in Global Humanities and the Global Asia Program (formerly the Asia-Canada Program). She teaches China-specific courses within the fields of literature and culture, from 18th century to the present, as well as Asian-Canadian Studies courses with a focus on cultural activism. She has acted as Co-Director of the David Lam Centre for International Communication since 2019. Before coming to SFU, she taught at the University of Alberta and University of Sydney, Australia.