Chelsea Wenzhu Xu

Chelsea Wenzhu Xu

Chelsea Wenzhu Xu

Graduate Lecturer

Film and media, popular culture, gender and sexuality

Chelsea Wenzhu Xu is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts from China and her Masters from the University of Rochester. She is interested in visual culture, feminist theory, neoliberalism in China. She is currently teaching Global Affairs at George Mason University.

Selected Publications

Xu, Chelsea Wenzhu. The Making of ‘China’s’ First Skiing Princess: Neoliberal Feminism and Nationalism in Eileen Gu’s Online Presence in the 2022 Winter Olympics. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (forthcoming) March 2023

Xu, Chelsea Wenzhu. Glaring White: Class and Race in Chinese Beauty Ideals. New Critique. July 27, 2022.

Xu, Chelsea Wenzhu. “Book Review Visual Culture and the Forensic: Culture, Memory, Ethics.” InVisible Culture, 2022, 

Courses Taught

GLOA 101 Intro to Globalization

CULT 320 Culture and Globalization


Ocean University of China, English language and literature studies, BA

University of Rochester, English literature studies, MA

Recent Presentations

• “Community of Dissensus: The Visual Signs in the 2022 Anti-Zero COVID Policy Protest in China,” “Connecting/Not Connecting,” Center for Humanities Research Second Annual Transdisciplinary Research Symposium. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, April 2023.

• “Pseudo-Widow Mothering: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Postpartum in Contemporary Chinese Television,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Niagara Falls, NY, March 2023.

• “Straightening China: The Outlawed Effeminate Men in Chinese Idol Survival Shows,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. Niagara Falls, NY, March 2023.

• “Melodrama, realism, and women: Gender Politics in the ‘Big Heroine Genre,’” Association for Asian Studies 2023 Annual Conference. Boston, MA, March 2023.

• “The ‘Big Heroine Genre:’ Motherhood and the Postpartum in Post-Socialist Chinese Television,” the 44th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference. Albuquerque, NM, February 2023.

• “No Sissies on TV: Subculture, Neoliberalism, and Heteronormativity in Chinese Idol Survival Shows,” Queering the Korean Wave International Symposium. Macquarie University, Australia (virtual), December 2022.

• “Against Women’s Fist: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Antifeminist and Nationalist Discourses in China,” Culture and Theory in Reactionary Times. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October 2022.