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Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine and ChinaFile Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations. She is Editor of The China Beat and a regular contributor to a number of online and print publications. Her writing has appeared in Time Asia, Dissent, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Forbes.com, the Ms. Magazine blog, History News Network, and the Asian Review of Books.

Cunningham grew up in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Yale University, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She is currently researching a dissertation on cartoons in twentieth-century China, focusing on the Sanmao the Orphan comics drawn by artist Zhang Leping.

Last Updated: September 10, 2015

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In the Journals: Journal of Asian Studies, February 2012

Maura Cunningham
The February 2012 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies opens with a trio of short articles exploring major trends in China-related publishing over the past decade. The essays, which differ widely in topic, are connected by a concern with how...

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Re-Reading: The Good Earth

Maura Cunningham
The Good Earth simultaneously manages to be both a classic and not very good. This is not, I trust, a controversial statement: Pearl Buck’s 1931 novel suffered a mixed reputation from the start. While many early readers hailed her work for its...

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A New China Website Helps Dissertations Find Readers

Maura Cunningham
Dissertations dominate the lives of doctoral students. A PhD candidate spends years researching, writing, and editing his or her dissertation, inching toward the day when the whole process is finished. Finally, he or she can leave behind the nagging...

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Maura Cunningham

Orientalism is generally understood as a bad thing. What the “Through the Looking Glass” exhibit designers attempted to do was reclaim Orientalism, demonstrating that Western designers might only have a superficial understanding of China, but that limited insight has been enough to inspire beautiful clothing.

Topics: Arts, History