Associate Professor of History and
International Studies

Arts and Sciences Building, Room 369


B.A. – Beijing University
M.A. and Ph.D. – University of Oregon

Courses Taught

•  Introduction to East Asia
•  Twentieth Century World History
•  Modern China
•  Modern Japan
•  History Through Film: Organized Crime in East Asia
•  Chinese and Japanese Studies Senior Seminar
•  Seminar: China-Japan Relations
•  Gangsters of East Asia


Down with Traitors: The Politics of Justice in China, 1930s-1950s, University of Washington Press, 2017.

Work Edited and Translated: 

Xu Jingsheng and Yun Xia eds. Compendium of Wisdom from Chinese Medical Classics. Trans. Yun Xia. Zhengzhou: Henan keji chubanshe, 2015. This is a four-volume compilation of excerpts from Chinese medical classics with annotation, categorized under various themes, translated into modern Chinese and English.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Article and Book Chapters:

“Taipei and Tokyo: Turf Wars and Taiwanese Identity,” in Aaron Magnan-Park, Gina Marchetti and Tan See-kam, eds. Asian Cinema Handbook, 2018.

  1. “Punishing Han Traitors beyond Chinese Borders,” in Barak Kushner, Sherzod Muminov and Andrew Levidis, eds. Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-1965, forthcoming with Hong Kong University Press.
  2. “Engendering Contempt for Collaborators: Anti-Hanjian Discourse Following the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.” Journal of Women’s History 25: 2013, 111-134.


Dr. Yun Xia joined the History Department in the Fall of 2012 after completing her Ph.D. and teaching at Seattle University for two years. She has served as the acting chair of the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program (2013-2014) and the resident director of Valpo’s Study Abroad Center in Hangzhou, China (fall 2015). She is a board member of the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, and has organized numerous events on campus and beyond to promote East Asian culture, including the annual Chinese Moon Festival, Spring Festival, Chinese Speech Contests, and the 2018 MLK Day celebration.

Dr. Xia teaches a variety of courses on China and Japan that cater to history majors, international studies majors as well as the general VU student population. As a historian of modern China, Dr. Xia has produced work on Chinese legal history, gender, film studies, and Chinese medicine. Her major scholarly projects focus on the history and prospect of China’s legal reforms, Chinese nationalism and political culture, as well as the historical memory of the wars and dislocation in the 1930s-1950s.

Work in Progress

The History of the Shanghai Jews from the Perspective of Cross-cultural Interaction and Exchange.
Edited Volume in collaboration with Kevin Ostoyich, forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan.

Monograph:  Island of Greed: Politics, Violence and Organized Crime in Postwar Taiwan

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