Yanshuo Zhang is currently a PhD candidate in Chinese literature and culture at Stanford University. Her research interests encompass diverse areas of Chinese literature, history and ethnic studies. She is currently working on a dissertation that examines how ethnic minority groups in China have been actively reconstructing their historical and cultural identities in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, with a focus on one of the most enduring ethnic entities in China, the Qiang. Her work has won a dissertation fellowship from the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is the author of two collections of literary writings in Chinese and has published many short stories and poems in English. Her article on the photographic portrayals of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco's Old Chinatown will appear in Stanford Humanities Review in 2017.