Jennifer Lau

Jennifer Lau

Sessional Lecturer, Chinese
Language Studies

Dr. Lau’s research focuses on modern Chinese literature, travel literature, diaspora studies, and translation studies. Her current project lies at the intersection between Chinese Studies and Asian-North American Studies, analyzing the writings of transient and diasporic Chinese individuals in North America beginning in the 1860s. Her latest research on Chinese diplomatic transpacific journeys can be found in the peer-reviewed journal, Asian Review of World Histories.


  • PhD, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
  • MA, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Areas of Teaching and Research Interests

  • Modern Chinese literature
  • Chinese travel literature
  • Sino-West relations
  • Ethnicity, migration, and diaspora studies

Selected Publications

  • Lau, JJ. “Reading the Transpacific Journey as Borderspace: The Critical Accounts of Zhang Deyi and Fu Yunlong (1868-1888).” Asian Review of World Histories: Special Issue: Diu and the Diuese — History, Maritime Trade, and Urban Landscapes, Volume 8, Issue 2 (Jul 2020): 175-200,
  • Lau, JJ. “Thinking through Space: Toronto’s Chinatowns in Chinese Canadian Fiction.” Facing China as a New Global Superpower: Domestic and International Dynamics from a Multidisciplinary Angle. Huhua Cao and Jeremy Paltiel, eds. Singapore: Springer, 2015. 241-252.

Selected Grants, Fellowships and Awards

  • SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, 2013–2015
  • W. Garfield Weston Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2013–2014
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship in East Asian Studies, 2012–2013
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program, SSHRC, 2009–2010