Lai Henderson, S


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Dr Lai Henderson, Selina 黎雪蓮

Assistant Professor


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Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
The University of Hong KongPh.D
Heidelberg UniversityM.A.

Dr. Selina Lai-Henderson recently obtained her Ph.D. in American Studies from The University of Hong Kong, where she currently teaches courses on American literature and cultures. She conducted part of her doctoral research on the relationship between Mark Twain and China at Stanford University as a Fulbright scholar. She was the recipient of the Three-Minute Thesis Award and the Li Ka Shing Best Thesis Prize.

Her manuscript, Mark Twain in China (forthcoming, Stanford University Press), examines the little known yet intriguing relationship between Mark Twain and China by looking at how Twain’s travels overseas influenced his views on race and the forging of an anti-imperialist position in relation to the Chinese community at home and abroad. After his death in 1910, his body of works was widely studied and translated in China throughout the twentieth century. Exploring the Chinese translations ofHuckleberry Finn, Dr. Lai-Henderson’s work discusses how American race relations get transposed into other cultural contexts, and whether the critiques of racism embodied in Twain's work get passed on to readers in China.


Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2012-11-01Li Ka Shing Prize: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2011-03-01First runner-up and book prize: Three-Minute Thesis Contest
Research Achievement
2011-03-01Fulbright Junior Research Visiting Fellowship: Fulbright
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
03/2015MemberSalzburg Seminar on Global American Studies
09/2015MemberAmerican Studies Association
09/2015MemberModern Language Association
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Transnational and trans-Pacific studies
Gender, race, and material culture
African-American literature and diaspora
19th and 20th century American literary studies and history
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Cantonese英語、粵語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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