Chia-ning Chang

Chia-ning Chang

  • Professor of Japanese
  • Director, UCEAP China Study Center, Fudan University, 2012-14


Office Phone: (530) 752-1119

Education and Degree(s):

  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Interest(s):

  • Modern Japanese literary history and criticism
  • Cultural and intellectual history since Meiji
  • The interplay between literary and political imagination
  • The poetics of modern autobiographical narratives
  • Japanese & Chinese film

Course(s) Taught:

  • JPN 103: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPN 105: Modern Japanese Literature: Hero and Anti-hero
  • JPN 106: Japanese Culture Through Film
  • JPN 131-133: Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
  • JPN 135: Readings in the Humanities
  • JPN 136: Readings in Newspapers and Magazines


From September 2012 to September 2014, I serve as Director for UC's systemwide Education Abroad Program (EAP) in China headquartered in Fudan University in Shanghai.  During this period, my email address will remain  My contact address is as follows:

Rm. 222, Center for American Studies
680 Guoquan Rd., Fudan University
Shanghai, China 200433
Tel. (8621) 6533.0127 or 6533.0162
Fax. (8621) 6533.1822

Selected Publications:

Book Manuscripts:

  • Social Vision and Literary Imagination: Critics and Writers of Meiji Social Literature. [A study of the rise of the modern Japanese social novel and the careers of Meiji writers, poets and critics who contributed to the enterprise--men such as Taoka Reiun, Uchida Roan, Tokutomi Roka, Kinoshita Naoe, and Kodama Kagai.]
  • A Study of Li Xianglan [Yamaguchi Yoshiko] and a Full Translation of Her Autobiography Watashi no hansei (currently under reviewed for publication).


  • My Spiritual Wanderings (Waga seishin no henreki, Tokyo: 1951) by Kamei Katsuichirō. Translation with a Critical Introduction and Chronology. Contracted with Duke University Press.
  • A Sheep's Song by Katō Shūichi: A Writer's Reminiscences of Japan and the World. An Annotated Translation of Hitsuji no uta (originally in 2 vols., Tokyo: Iwanami Shinsho, 1968) with an Introduction. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, May 1999. 506 pages.

Selected Articles :

  • "Jiden ni okeru sōzō to kyokō: Hitsuji no uta o chūshin ni." ("Imagination and Fictive Construction in Autobiography: Centering on A Sheep's Song.") Nihon o toi-tsuzukete. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2004, pp. 40-62.
  • "Sailing into the Sea of Public Sentiments: The Meiji Discourse on Social Realism." Nihon shisō no chihei to suimyaku (The Horizons and Subterranean Landscape of Japanese Thought). Ed. Kawahara Hiroshi. Tokyo: Perikansha, 1998, pp. 105-45.
  • "Jiga no saiteigi - Katō Shūichi no jiden Hitsuji no uta." ("Redefinition of the Self: Katō Shūichi's Autobiography A Sheep's Song.") Geppō, Katō Shūichi chosakushū, vol. 20. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1997. 2-8.
  • "Literary Imagination in East Asia in a Global Context: A Response to Wai-leung Wong's Chinese Literature, The Creative Imagination, and Globalization." Macalester International, vol. II, 1996, pp. 75-84.
  • "Shimazaki Tōson." Contemporary Authors, vol. 134. Ed. Susan M. Trosky. Detriot and London: Gale Research Inc., 1992. 431-38.
  • "Bankoku Kōhō seiritsu jijō to honyaku mondai: Sono chūgokugoyaku to wayaku o megutte." ("A Study of the Emergence and An Examination of the Chinese and Japanese Translations of [Henry Wheaton's] Elements of International Law.") Honyaku no shisō. (The Ideology of Translation). Ed. Katō Shūichi & Maruyama Masao. Vol. 15, Nihon kindai shisō taikei (A Series on Modern Japanese Thought, 24 vols.) Ed. Katō Shūichi, Maeda Ai, Maruyama Masao, Tōyama Shigeki, Matsumoto Sannosuke et al. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1991. 381-400.
  • "The Socialization of Literature: The Idea and Prototypes of the Mid-Meiji Social Novel." Rethinking Japan, Vol. I. Ed. Adriana Boscaro, Franco Gatti & Massimo Raveri. Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent: Japan Library Ltd., 1991. 30-40 & 289-91.
  • "Katō Shūichi: Hito to bungaku." ("Katō Shūichi: The Man and His Works.") Karaki Junzō, Yasuda Yojūrō, Kamei Katsuichirō, Takeyama Michio, Katō Shūichi, Saeki Shōichi, Shinoda Hajime, Ōoka Makoto and Yamazaki Masakazu. Vol. 28, Shōwa bungaku zenshū. (A Comprehensive Collection of Shōwa Literature.) Ed. Nakamura Mitsuo, Inoue Yasushi, Yamamoto Kenkichi et al. Tokyo: Shōgakukan, 1989. 1072-75.

Current Projects:

I am completing my book manuscript on the colonization of filmmaking in Manchuria under the Japanese occupation in the 1930s and 1940s. Part of my work involves the study of wartime films made in Japan, Manchuria, and Shanghai, and the life and writings of Li Xianglan (Ri Kōran in Japanese, a.k.a. Yamaguchi Yoshiko) including a complete translation of her postwar autobiography Watashi no hansei (The First Half of My Life, Tokyo: Shinchōsha, 1987).  The manuscript is being reviewed for publication.  One future project will be my continuing engagement with the post-Meiji debates on the subject of seiji to bungaku, an euphemism in Japanese critical vocabulary that underscores the changing definition of the role of imagination and of the modern artist in a radically shifting social and political landscape.  Ths time, I will look more closely at the endeavors of the postwar Kindai Bungaku coterie and its contenders at the Shin Nihon Bungakukai, along with the art and careers of film directors including Kamei Fumio, Imai Tadashi, Yamamoto Satsuo et al. 

Honors and Awards:

  • 2008 Faculty Research Initiative Grant
  • 1997-98 Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship at Waseda University
  • 1981-82 Japan Foundation Fellowship
  • 1989 Humanities Institute (UCD) Fellowship
  • 1974-78 Japanese Ministry of Education (Mombusho) Scholarship
  • 1972-74 Sir Robert Black Scholarship, University of Hong Kong