Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City. Coedited with Winnie Wong and Jonathan Bach (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Years of Sadness by Wang Anyi, translated with Lingzhen Wang (Cornell University Press: 2009).

Book Chapters:

In excavating the future in shenzhen, I think about how different actors have constructed diverse and often contradictory futures in and as “Shenzhen.” In Tim Bunnell & Daniel P. S. Goh, eds., Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present, pp. 247-262, Berlin: JOVIS Verlag, 2018.

In Shen Kong: Cui_Bono, Viola WAN Yan and I take a look at how China’s central leadership has used the Sino-British border to achieve political and economic goals. In Joshua Bolchover & Peter Hasdell, eds., Border Ecologies: Hong Kong’s Mainland Frontier, pp. 34-47, Basel: Birkhauser, 2016.

In “The Urban Planning Imaginary: Lessons from Shenzhen,” I interview Huang Weiwen, Director of the Shenzhen Design Center. In Linda Vlassenrood, ed., Shenzhen: From Factory of the World to World City, pp. Almere: International New Towns Institute, 2016.


Figuring Post-worker Shenzhen looks back on the first five years at Handshake 302, 2018 in Made in China (vol. 3, issue 1, Jan-Mar 2018).

The Cultural Politics of Eating in Shenzhen explores how hometown food has been used to create generational identities in the SEZ, 2010.

Fox Talk discusses theater as a site of and the emergence of neo-liberal urban identities in SZ, 2006.

Cultural Supplement muses on political power as a cultural value in contemporary Shenzhen, 2006.

Becoming Hong Kong argues that Shenzhen emerged through globalizing urbanization, 2001.

Path Breaking traces how gendered nationalism facilitated the construction of SZ, 1999.

Situating the Northbound Imaginary looks at the importance of Hong Kong to early development and identity in Shenzhen, 1996.

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