Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, 2015

M.A., University of Chicago, 2006

A.B., University of California at Berkeley, 2004



Dr. Fang Yu Hu’s teaching and research interests focus on modern China, Japan, and East Asia in global context. Dr. Hu is a historian of gender and colonialism, and is particularly interested in how people responded to government policy and institutions that aimed at shaping gender roles and citizenship. In her courses, Dr. Hu emphasizes the contemporary legacies of historical processes to encourage students to link the present with the past. Dr. Hu encourages students to think about intercultural connections between East Asian countries and other parts of the world.

Dr. Hu’s current research examines girls’ primary school education in Taiwan under Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945. It investigates the effects of changes brought by Japanese colonial education on the daily lives, self-perceptions, and memories of the first generation of girls to receive formal education in Taiwan by paying attention to nationality, gender, and socioeconomic status.



China’s Diplomatic History Since 1400

Gender and Sexuality in Modern East Asia

Modern East Asia

Modern China

World History

WWII Memories in East Asia



Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Fund, 2017-2018

UTC Faculty Grants, Spring 2017 & Spring 2018

Chiang Ching–kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, 2014-2015

University of California Pacific Rim Advanced Graduate Research Fellowships, University of California, 2013-2014

Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012-2013

IIE Graduate Fellowships for International Study, 2011-2012


Publication Highlights

“Gender, Colonialism, and Education in Taiwan: Schoolgirls on the Home Front during the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937–1945,” Twentieth-Century China 43, no. 3 (2018): 232-250 (link)

“Taiwanese Girls' Education, 1897–1945: Policy and Practice in a Gendered Colonial System.” Eras: Monash University School of Historical Studies Online Journal, Edition Thirteenth, Issue 1 (link)


Conference & Presentation Highlights

“Benevolent Educator or Oppressive Colonist? Portrayals of Japanese Teachers in Colonial and Postwar Taiwan,” Presenter, Panel: “The Japanese Empire and Its Non-National Actors,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2018.

“Colonizing and Educating Taiwanese Children: Japanese Teachers in Taiwan, 1896-1945,” Presenter, Panel: “Colonizing East Asia: Conflicts and Collaborations,” Annual Meeting for the Southeast Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, University of South Carolina, January 2018.

“Colonial Nostalgia and Postcolonial Identity: Critique of Chinese Nationalist Policies in Postwar Taiwan,” Presenter, Panel: “Identity Formation in Greater China during the Cold War Period.” Annual Meeting for the New England Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Boston College, Massachusetts, January 2017.

“Good Wife, Wise Mother” and Colonialism: Education and Ideal of Womanhood in Taiwan under Japanese Rule, 1897-1945,” Presenter, Panel: “Gender and Technology in East and South Asia.” Annual Meeting for the Southeast Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, University of Mississippi, Mississippi, January 2017.

“Labor and Memory: The Mobilization of Taiwanese Schoolgirl Labor in World War II,” Presenter, The 19th Annual Conference for the North America Taiwan Studies Association: Taiwan in Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2013

“The Making of a Modern Woman or Housewife? Han Taiwanese Girls’ Education, 1897–1945,” Presenter, Annual Conference for the Association for Asian Studies: “Expanding Empires in East Asia as an Educational Intersection,” Toronto, Canada, March 2012



Association for Asian Studies

American Historical Association