yomi braester
is Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities
and Professor of Comparative Lit er a ture, Cinema and Media at the University of
Washington in Seattle. He has published extensively on modern Chinese lit er a ture,
film, and visual culture. Among his publications are the books Witness against History:
Lit er a ture, Film, and Public Discourse in Twentieth- Century China and Painting the
City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract. His current book proj ects include
Archives of the Future: New Media and the Reinvention of Public Space and Cinephilia
Besieged: Viewing Communities and the Ethics of the Image in the People’s Republic of
China, which is supported by a Guggenheim fellowship.
alexander des forges
is Associate Professor of Chinese and Chair of the De-
partment of Modern Languages, Lit er a tures, and Cultures at the University of Mas-
sa chusetts in Boston. He is the author of Mediasphere Shanghai: The Aesthetics of
Cultural Production, and he has published several articles and book chapters on Chi-
nese lit er a ture and film in comparative perspective. His current research focuses on
literary economies in the early modern period, resulting most recently in “Sleights of
Capital: Fantasies of Commensurability, Transparency, and a ‘Cultural Bourgeoisie,’
differences 24, no. 3 (2014).
is an independent scholar. He grew up in a nomadic community on the
southeastern Tibetan Plateau and received gradu ate training in both China and the
United States. His research interests include development, religious movements, and
environmental change in the pastoral socie ties of southeastern Tibet, China. He is
the author of “Alternative (to) Development on the Tibetan Plateau: Preliminary Re-
search on the Anti- Slaughter Movement” (Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines) and “Devel-
opment as Entangled Knot: The Case of the Slaughter Renunciation Movement in
Tibet, China” (forthcoming in the Journal of Asian Studies).
rachel leng
is Research Associate and Chief En glish Editorial Program Officer at
the Asian Institute of Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated with a B.A.
from Duke University and an  M.A. in Regional Studies–East Asia from Harvard
University. Her research interests focus on modern Chinese lit er a ture, society, and cul-
tural studies. At Harvard, she was a coeditor- in- chief for the Harvard Asia Quarterly.
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