Yukai Chen earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Shaanxi Normal University in China and an MA in women’s studies from the University of Florida.
Though he comes from a humanity background, Chen has always taken an interdisciplinary approach for his research. His previous work focused on gender and sexuality, Chinese-American literature and communities, and American culture and history. His master thesis “The ‘Othered’ Gender: representations of Asian American men and masculinities in recent American television” uses both qualitative and quantitative methods and suggests significant and nuanced differentiations between the representations of Asian-American and non-Asian-American masculinities.
Chen’s research interests are transnational media, race and gender, critical theories and cultural policies of China. At CU Boulder, he hopes to understand how racial policies and gender ideologies transcend continents through transnational media and cultural artifacts and explores how the gender discourse in Chinese television is modified by (yet keeps negotiating with) China’s cultural policies.