Yinxing Liu

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies


Asian Studies

Roger Williams Hall, Room 204


Roger Williams Hall, Room 204



Mia Yinxing Liu received her Ph. D. in 2013 in Art History from the University of Chicago. Before joining Bates she was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University in 2014. Her first book, The Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema (forthcoming with University of Hawaii Press in 2017), deals with the re-framing, revision and re-appropriation of literati landscape aesthetics in Chinese cinema between 1949 and 1979. Her current researches focus on inter-medium dialogues and dynamics in modern arts and visual culture such as paintings, optical devices, cinema, and photography, as seen in publications such as “Shadows Between Worlds” in China: Vision Through the Ages“(University of Chicago Press, 2017), “Allegorical Landscape: Lang Jingshan’s Photography in Context” (Archives of Asian Art, Spring 2016), “The Emulative Portraits: Lang Jingshan’s Pictures of Zhang Daqian,” (TAPReview, Fall 2015). She is currently working on her second book manuscript which discusses the issues of light in modern Asian ink art.  Other current research interests include the multiplication of “I” or pictures of “me and myself” in early Chinese photography and film, expeditionary photography during war times in the 20th Century, and new video art.

At Bates, Professor Liu teaches a variety of courses with inter-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives on modern art and visual culture.