Geography and Methods
Thematic Research Area
Gaoheng Zhang is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He researches broadly on Italy’s global history and connections using a cultural-studies approach. His more recent works address migration and mobilities in relation to Italian-Chinese exchanges, the longest-standing “West-East” communications in written record. His first book is titled Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992-2012 (University of Toronto Press, 2019), which is the first detailed media and cultural study of the Chinese migration from both Italian and Chinese migrant perspectives, as well as one of the few book-length analyses of migration and culture. His new book project is tentatively titled “Migration and Material Culture: Mobility between China and Italy, 1980s-2010s” (under contract with University of Toronto Press), which uses the Chinese set expression of 衣食住行 (clothing-food-residence-mobilities) to frame analyses of Chinese migrant cultures in Italy and Italian migrants and cultures in China.