Xin Huang Research Assistance

Xin Huang is honored to receive a Research Assistance Fund grant form UWM to support a book manuscript tā is working on entitled Picturing Life: Gender and Photo-based Life Narrative. This book analyzes how lives, history, and gender are constructed in and through the ways personal photos are created, printed, reproduced, circulated, organized, and received. Each chapter focuses on one particular photography format in relation to gender and life narrative construction, including signifying funü (women) in black and white studio photos of the Mao era, coloring women in color snapshot photos since the 1980s and 1990s, narrating gendered self in digital and digitalized photos and archives since 2000, and the contestation over master scripts of gender and history through the comparison of visual and oral life narratives.