Dominic Cheung

Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature

Contact Information
E-mail: dcheung@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3708
Office: THH 356T

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. English Literature, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, 1/1966
  • M.A. English, Brigham Young University, 1/1969
  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Washington, 1/1974

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Cheung researches East-West literary relations, visual culture, comparative poetics and contemporary Chinese literature. Under the pseudonym Chang Ts'o(Zhang Cuo), he is also a professional poet who has published 18 collections of modern poetry in Chinese.
    Research Keywords
    modern and classical Chinese literature, Chinese cultural studies and art
    Research Specialties
    modern and classical Chinese literature, Chinese cultural studies and art

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Lyricism and Realism: The Major Trends of Development in Modern Chinese Poetry", "Chinese Literature from the 20th to the 21st Century: A Retrospect and A Speculation", Talk/Oral Presentation, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Invited, 2006-2007   


    • Cheung, D. C. (2014). Chinoiserie and China Trade. Taipei,: The Artists Publisher.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2012). Authenticating Art by Styles. Taipei, Taiwan: Artists Publisher.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2011). A Reader’s Guide to Western Literary Terms. (Vol. 2nd Edition). Taipei: Bookman.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2011). Clovers--Selected Poems. Taipei, Taiwan: Bookman Publishers.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2010). A Heart for Porcelain--from Monochrome Wares to Famille Rose. Taipei,: The Artist Publisher.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2008). As Grandiose as the Ru Wares--Essays on Chinese Bronze, Porcelain and Paintings. Taipei: The Artist Publisher.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2008). On Things, Collected Poems. Taipei: Bookman Press.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2008). In Search of Chang-an---A Cultural Travelogue. Taipei: San-Min Publishing Company.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2006). From Steppes to the Central Regions: A Study of Mongolian Trousses. Taipei: Tongshan Press.
    • Cheung, D. C., Ueda, translator, T. (2006). A Song of Gaze (poetry in Japanese translation). Tokyo: Shishosha Press.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2002). The Exiles and Native Sons: Modern Short Stories from Taiwan. Taipei: National Translation Center.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2002). Matteo Ricci in China and Other Essays. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2000). A Rendezvous with Literary Criticism. Shanghai: San-Lien Bookstore (Joint Publishers).
    • Cheung, D. C. (2000). Drifting (Selected Poems in English translation). Kobenhaven and Los Angeles: Green Integer Press.
    • Cheung, D. C. (1987). The Isle Full of Noises: Modern Chinese Poetry from Taiwan. New York: Columbia University Press.

    Book Chapter
    • Kimberly Besio & ConstantineTung (ed.). Essential Regrets:The Tragic Consciousness in Three Kingdoms. State University of New York Press, 2007. 15-26

    Conference Proceeding
    • Cheung, D. C. (2007). "Lyricism and Realism: The Major Trends of Development in Modern Chinese Poetry". 978-9628930-814. pp. 251-265. Hong Kong/Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The Destiny of History: Modern Chinese Literature.

    Journal Article
    • Cheung, D. C. (2013). "The Cultural Vision of Pith-Paper Paintings" . New Perspectives in Chinese Culture. (No.11), pp. pp.135-139.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2012). "Nautilus Cups and Tavern Maids—A Study of the Material Culture in Tang Wine Drinking and Its Foreign Influences". Journal of Oriental Studies. Vol. vol.45 (no.1&2), pp. 121-142.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2011). " Kendi and Kundika from China and Southeast Asia". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2010). The Wu School and Garden Painting Albums---Shen Zhou’s East Village Album and Wen Jingming’s Clumsy Politics Garden Album". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art. (327), pp. 74-85.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2010). " Mundane Landscapes --- Cultural Content of the Chinese Gardens". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art,. (322), pp. 108-117.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2009). "Grapes or Pearls?---Hsu Wei (1521-1593)’s Monochrome Paintings ". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art. (312), pp. 16-25.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2008). Five Dynasties, or Song-Liao? A Reconsideration of the Two Anonymous Paintings ----"Deer in the Autumnal Woods" and "Fawns in a Red Maple Forest". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art. (306), pp. 14-27.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2007). "Module Systems and Song Plain Bronze Mirrors". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art. (295), pp. 68-77.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2007). "Modules Determine Style: Study of 14th Century Yuan Blue and White Porcelains in the Tokapu Palace (Istanbul) and the Ardebil Shrine (Tehran)". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art. (291), pp. pp. 20-29.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2007). "Cultural Hybridity: Exotic Glazes of the Cizhou Kiln Wares". Bulletin of The National Museum of History. (164), pp. 33-49.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2006). "Diaspora and Military Personnel Village Writers in Taiwan". Comparative Literature in China. Vol. 4, pp. 49-63.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2006). "Textualizing the Visual: One Mirror or Five Mirrors---A Study of "An Ancient Mirror" in Tang Chuanqi genre". The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art. (277), pp. 80-91.
    • Cheung, D. C. (2005). "The Development of the Sabres and Bows in Chinese Armory and Culture". Bulletin of the National Museum of History. (147), pp. 56-67.

    Magazine/Trade Publication
    • Cheung, D. C. "Buddhist or Islamic? The Origin of Kendi and their Trade Regions" July, 2013, Hong, Kong,. Ming Pao Monthly. pp. pp.55-60.
    • Cheung, D. C. "Glass Eye Beads---from the Warring States to Sui-Tang China" , an article in 3 parts. Art Collection +Design. Vol. July, August, Sept issues

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • Clovers--Poetry Collection, A collection of 43 poems published by the Bookman Publishers, Taipei, 2011-2012   

    New Courses Developed

    • Asian Supernatural Tales, COLT: ARLT100g (4 units), This course is a study of the ghost and supernatural tales in East Asian literature, dealing with themes such as foxes, monsters, vengeful spirits, metamorphosis, Utopia, the quest for the eternal elixir and life as a dream…etc. Western theories such as Todorov’s genre-modes studies of the fantastic and the marvelous, and the Freudian concept of the uncanny will be introduced to enhance further comprehension of these tales. Students will: 1/ survey Asian supernatural tales as literary texts and discourse, 2/ view these tales in the context of the religious-philosophical orientations of the Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist paradigms, and 3/ study the narratives and visual representations in China and Japan to ascertain whether there are particular emphases, persistent literary motifs, or recurring patterns underlying these tales on ghosts and the supernatural, on existence and phenomena in the life beyond., Fall 2007   
    • Introduction to Chinese Culture, Art and Literature (4 units), EALC 145g, This course provides a historical introduction to the culture, art and literature of pre-modern China through the lens of the cultural products of identity. We examine the artistic and cultural developments from the beginning of the proto-historical Bronze Age onto the Empires of Qin and Han, the Imperial States of Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing in an attempt to see how cultural identities are simultaneously created and expressed through varied artistic mediums (bronze, sculpture, porcelain, paintings) and literary genres of these periods. This class will study the visual, cultural, and literary texts under the three major topics of 1/ The Discovery of the Self, 2/ Illusion of the Self, Nature, and Religion, 3/ Towards the Harmony of Self and Nature., Fall 2007   

    Honors and Awards

    • Alpha Lambda Delta Certificate of Appreciation, 2009-2010   

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