Tracy Ying Zhang
Tracy Ying Zhang is Assistant Professor (CLTA) in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at York University. Previously, she was a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Researcher at Concordia University and also held postdoctoral fellowships at Université de Montréal (Centre d’études et de recheres internationals), Queen’s University (Film & Media), and Concordia University (Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment).
Zhang’s research explores the intersections of race, gender, labour migration, body politics, and settler colonial capitalism in feminist and transnational frameworks. Her first project is an ethnographic and historical study of Tibetan artisanal labour in Lhasa. Her current project uses “Chinese acrobatics” as an entry point to investigate the body as both a subject of labour and a cultural medium in the processes of nation-state building, international diplomacy, and cultural trade. This research has already generated multiple presentations, two book chapters and articles in academic journals, such as The Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture, The Journal of International Labor and Working-Class History, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, and Feminist Media Studies.
Alongside academic work, Zhang directed and co-produced several films, including The Flip Side: A Global Circus Story (co-producer). It won the best short documentary at Disorient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon.
Keywords: Labour and cultural Industries; intersectional Feminisms; cultural policy studies; global politics and cultural economy; media and performance; minority cultural productions; live entertainment in transnational China; Sino-Tibetan cultural politics