Dr Ya-chun Liu


I was born and brought up in Taiwan. I am a native speaker of Mandarin and Taiwanese Hokkien. I joined East Asian Studies at Leeds in 2019 after finishing my one-year research stay in the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at the University of Tübingen, where I looked at the introduction of ‘Transitional Justice’ as a political paradigm into Taiwan. I completed my PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Nottingham. My PhD project, ‘Translating English-language Christian-themed fiction in Taiwan (2000-)’, was funded by the University with one of the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for Research Excellence (International). My PhD thesis examines how Taiwan’s socio-political history has shaped the linguistic and cultural transfer of Christian-themed fiction from the Anglophone world into Taiwan.

I did my undergraduate studies at National Taiwan Normal University, double majoring in Educational Psychology and Counseling, and English. My cross-disciplinary academic interests have led me to continue investigating trauma and its representation in my own research. I currently teach Taiwan-related topics in language modules and studies modules in East Asian Studies. I also teach English-Chinese translation and supervise translation projects on the MA level. 

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  • PhD (University of Nottingham, UK)

Professional memberships

  • Council Member, British Association for Chinese Studies
  • Society of Sinophone Studies

Student education

My teaching covers English-Chinese translation, the Chinese language, and Taiwanese literature, culture and society.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures
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