Associate Professor of Chinese
- School of Modern Languages
Spring 2018 Office Hours: TR 2:45-3:45, or by appointment
Dr. Paul B. Foster received his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the Ohio State University (1996). His specialty is the study of Lu Xun 鲁迅, the icon of Modern Chinese Literature. Dr. Foster is the author of Ah Q Archaeology: Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q Progeny and the National Character Discourse in Twentieth Century China (Lexington Press, 2006), as well as a number of journal articles and conference papers. Dr. Foster's current research is on the “kungfu industrial complex,” analyzing kungfu fiction, film and popular culture, with a special focus on the martial art fiction master, Jin Yong 金庸. Dr. Foster rotates Chinese advising with Dr. Xiaoliang Li and Dr. Jin Liu. Promoting study abroad is a particular priority for Dr. Foster, who views this experience as a crucial part of students' overall education. Dr. Foster designed, developed and co-directed the University System of Georgia Summer Study in China, and designed, developed, and alternately co-directs or coordinates GT School of Modern Languages' intensive summer Chinese language program in Shanghai and Qingdao, the China LBAT. Dr. Foster teaches the spectrum of Chinese language courses and enjoys introducing students to contemporary Chinese culture at the upper level through varied media, having created courses to teach language and culture through popular music, martial arts fiction, strategy and the Art of War, and is currently developing a course in kungfu and wuxia film, which pilots Spring 2018. He was Co-principle Investigator for a Department of Education International Research and Studies (IRS) Instructional Materials Grant to develop “Advanced/Intermediate Language and Culture through Song. Dr. Foster is also an Associate of the China Research Center, an alliance of local scholars which provides cultural, economic, political and business research and information in Georgia and the Southeast. Moreover, he serves on numerous committees, including the Faculty Executive Board and as FEB liaison to the Student Academic Integrity Committee. Dr. Foster also sponsors numerous student groups, which include the Chinese Student Association, the Hong Kong Student Association, the GT Wushu Club, the GT Unicycling Club and others which dovetail with his interests in martial arts fiction, rock climbing, and endurance cycling, which like learning Chinese require practice, practice, practice. Dr. Foster was awarded the Ivan Allen College's E. Roe Stamps Excellence in Teaching Award for Junior Faculty for 2002/3.
- Asia (East)
- Language and Popular Culture
- CHIN-2001: Intermediate Chinese I
- CHIN-3003: Intermediate Chinese III
- CHIN-3004: Advanced Chinese I
- CHIN-4021: Adv Lang Music & Culture
- CHIN-4022: Kungfu Fiction/Pop Cult
- CHIN-4023: Strategy & Art of War
- Ah Q Archaeology: Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q’s Progeny and the National Character Discourse in Twentieth-Century China. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.
- “Xi Jinping’s Soft Power Martial Arts Cultural Trope,” June 10, 2016, China Currents Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring 2016).
- “The Geopolitics of Kung Fu Film,” (Silver City, NM & Washington, DC: Foreign Policy In Focus, February 8, 2007). Also highlighted in Foreign Policy In Focus, “World Beat” (February 12, 2007), Vol. 2, No. 7.
- “Social Drama and Construction of the Ah Q Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Reading Strategy to ‘The True Story of Ah Q’ and Its Intertextual Derivations.” China Information 20.1 (Jan. 2006): 69-102.
- “Ah Q Genealogy: Ah Q, Miss Ah Q, National Character and the Construction of the Ah Q Discourse.” Asian Studies Review Vol. 28, No. 3 (Sept. 2004): 243-266.
- “Ah Q Progeny – Post 1949 Creative Intersections with the Ah Q Discourse.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Vol. 16, No. 2 (Fall 2004): 184-234.
- “Jin Yong’s Linghu Chong Faces off against Lu Xun’s Ah Q: Complements to the Construction of National Character.” Twentieth-Century China Vol. 30, No. 1 (Nov. 2004): 82-117.
- “A Language and Cultural Practicum Course in Nanjing: Maximizing the Student’s Use of Chinese.” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. (Fall 2001): 121-128.
- “The Ironic Inflation of Chinese National Character: Lu Xun’s International Reputation and Romain Rolland’s Critique of ‘The True Story of Ah Q’ and the Nobel Prize.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2001): 140-168.
- Reprinted translation of "Breaking Out of Ghost Pagoda: A Social Tragedy in Three Acts" By Bai Wei
- Translation of "Breaking Out of Ghost Pagoda: A Social Tragedy in Three Acts" By Bai Wei
- Translation of "My Opinions on Creativity" By Lu Yin
- Translation of "The Bygone Age of Ah Q" By Qian Xingcun
- Review of Nicholas A. Kaldis, The Chinese Prose Poem: A Study of Lu Xun’s Wild Grass (Yecao). Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-60497-863-6. 367pp. Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2016.
- Review of Woman from Shanghai: Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp, by Yang, Xianhui. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009. pp. 320. ISBN: 978-0-307-37768-5. MCLC Resource Center Publication (Copyright January 2010).
- Review of John Christopher Hamm, Paper Swordsmen: Jin Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel. University of Hawai’i Press, 2005. 348pp. ISBN 0-8248-2763-5 (cloth). MCLC Resource Center Publication (Copyright January 2006).
- Review of Bonnie S. McDougall, Fictional Authors, Imaginary Audiences: Modern Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century,. China Review International Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall 2003): 429-434.
- Review of Wilt Idema and Lloyd Haft, A Guide to Chinese Literature. Education About Asia, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1999): 52.
- Review of Yingjin Zhang ,The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film: Configurations of Space, Time, and Gender. China Review International. (Fall 1997): 588-92.