Xin Peng

Dr Xin Peng


Xin Peng works at the intersection of American film history, media technologies, and Asian racial formation.

Xin Peng

Dr Peng has written on talkies and early Asian American movie stars, Anna May Wong and Sessue Hayakawa (published in Camera Obscura); early Technicolor and Hollywood Orientalism (appeared in Screen); and 1930s Busby Berkeley musical and racial capitalism. She is now writing a book-length media history of San Francisco’s Chinatown telephone exchange (c. 1901-1949) and its women operators. Other miscellaneous writings (reviews, encyclopedic entries, short research essays) can be found in Technology and Culture, ASAP/JWomen Film Pioneers Project, and New Review of Film and Television Studies.

Dr Peng is the current book reviewers editor of Early Popular Visual Culture, having previously served as the managing editor for Feminist Media Histories and assistant editor for the Journal of Chinese Cinemas. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington. Before Seattle, she studied for an MA at the University of Chicago, and BA at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

What's on

Image 'Barbarians under the rug' by Enej Gala

Art Exhibition: 'After News Before Bed'

24/02/2024 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'After News Before Bed' featuring work by emerging artist Enej Gala, winner of the Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize.

Painting of people on a harbour in the 1820s

The Age of Revolutions in Southern Europe

27/02/2024 at 17.30

What is a revolution? What role did Southern Europe play in the history of modern politics?

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Creative Poetry Workshop

28/02/2024 at 19.00

‘Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing’, James Tate

Paper faces of all different colours.

The Place of Islamophobia within Debates on Racism

29/02/2024 at 17.30

This event is the second of three roundtables that Wolfson's REACH Research Hub will be organising over the academic year under the heading ‘Hierarchies of Racism?’