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Shaoyu Yang

PhD Translation & Transcultural Studies

Email: Shaoyu dot Yang at warwick dot ac dot uk


I am a PhD student in Translation and Transcultural Studies at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Dr. Qian Liu and Prof. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes.


My research focuses on the intersection between translation and traumatic memories of twentieth-century China, specifically investigating how diasporic literary works and their translations transmit and (re)construct the memory of the Nanjing Massacre across borders, cultures, and generations.

Research Interests

Translation Studies; Memory Studies; Literary Trauma Theory; Contemporary Chinese Literature; Chinese Diasporic Literature; Trauma Novel



'Translating Trauma Narratives: A Case Study of the English Translation of Yan Lianke's Si Shu (The Four Books)', Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies, 9.1 (2022), 26-46 <>

Book Reviews

'Jie-Hyun Lim and Eve Rosenhaft, eds. Mnemonic Solidarity: Global Interventions. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2021. ISBN 9783030576684. 135 pp.', Comparative Literature & World Literature, 7.1 (2022), 67-74

Conferences and Events

'Exophony, Self-Translation, and Transcultural Memory of the Nanjing Massacre', 10-minute presentation, Midlands4Cities Research Festival 2023, Birmingham (4 October 2023)

'Memory Lost and Revived: Representations of the Nanjing Massacre in the Novels of Chinese American Writers and Their Self-Translation', 15-minute paper, British Association for Chinese Studies Conference 2023, King's College London (7-8 September 2023)

'Combating Memory Crisis: Ha Jin's Exophonic Writing and the Translation of Nanjing Requiem as Transcultural Memory of the Nanjing Massacre', 20-minute paper, SMLC PGR Symposium: "Rethinking the Crisis across Languages and Cultures", University of Warwick (12-13 May 2023)

'Wartime Everydayness in Literary Works of the Nanjing Massacre and Their Translations', 20-minute paper, conference title: "Chinese Modernity and Everydayness", Newcastle University (18 July 2022)


LN906 Research Skills in Modern Languages, Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (Term 1/2, 2021/22; Term 1, 2022/23)

Non-Academic Roles

    Co-Organiser, Translation and Transcultural Studies Reading Groups (2021/22)

    Student Ambassador, School of Modern Languages and Cultures (2021-2023)

    Scholarships and Awards

    Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award, University of Warwick (2022-2025)

    Excellent Student Scholarship, Sun Yat-sen University, 2018


    MA in Translation and Cultures, University of Warwick, 2020

    BA in English Language and Literature, Sun Yat-sen University, 2019

    BA subsidiary in Korean Language and Literature, Sun Yat-sen University, 2019


    British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)

    Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)