T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations, History Faculty
Director, Global Languages

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Emma J. Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations at MIT. She holds an appointment on the History faculty and is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.

Teng teaches courses on Chinese culture, Chinese migration history, Asian American history, East Asian culture, and women’s and gender studies. She earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, where she specialized in Chinese studies and Asian American studies. Her first book, Taiwan's Imagined Geography: Chinese Colonial Travel Writing and Pictures, 1683-1895 (Harvard 2004), a study of Chinese colonial discourses on Taiwan, places the China-Taiwan relationship in the historical context of Chinese imperial expansionism. Her latest book, Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China and Hong Kong, 1842-1943 (University of California 2013) examines ideas concerning racial intermixing and the lived experiences of mixed families in China and the US between 1842 and 1943. Teng is currently researching early Chinese educational migration to the US.

Research Areas / Expertise: Chinese Diaspora Studies; Mixed-Race Studies; Chinese Frontier Studies; Asian American Studies

In addition to current classes, Teng teaches: 

21G.043j/21H.107j Introduction to Asian American Studies: Historical and Contemporary Issues, 21H.153J/WGS.421J Race and Gender in Asian America and 21G.075j/ 21H.253j The Global Chinese: Chinese Migration, 1567-Present.