Episode 6: Faculty Spotlight with Christopher Rea

We ask our instructors about their research, proudest accomplishments and what they hope to teach their students. This video interview features Dr. Christopher Rea, Professor of Modern Chinese Literature.

Over the last decade, Professor Christopher Rea has expanded UBC’s course offerings on modern Chinese literature and cinema. As a literary and cultural historian focused on the modern Chinese-speaking world, his most recent publications concern laughter, comedy, celebrities, and swindlers. Rea believes that UBC is a fantastic place to study modern Chinese culture and hopes to teach his students how to be critical thinkers while having fun with the language.


Quick Bio

Teaching at UBC since:  2008

Latest publication: China’s Chaplin: Comic Stories and Farces by Xu Zhuodai. Translated and with an introduction by Christopher Rea. Ithaca, NY: Cornell East Asia Series, 2019.

2019W Courses:

  • ASIA 345: Chinese Film Classics
  • ASIA 451: Modern Chinese Authors in Translation (research-intensive course)