Everett Yuehong Zhang
Everett Yuehong Zhang is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and Associate Faculty Member of Department of Anthropology.
Zhang received his Ph.D. in social/cultural anthropology from University of California, Berkeley and did postdoctoral studies in medical anthropology at Harvard. Born in China, Zhang worked as a researcher and the executive editor of a journal in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, before he came to the U.S.
He worked on the post-Mao transformation of the Chinese society since the end of the Cultural Revolution, seen through the changes in the body, sexuality and medicine. He won the Stirling Prize from the Society for Psychological Anthropology of American Anthropological Association. His book The Impotence Epidemic: Men’s Medicine and Sexual Desire in Contemporary China (2015) demonstrates in great bodily detail how the “impotence epidemic” became a manifestation of fundamental changes in post-Maoist China and a way to understand the relationship between the body of impotence and the social transformation of China.
With a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded through the American Council of Learned Societies and the membership of Institute for Advanced Study, his current book project tentatively titled Between Two Earthquakes: How China Has Changed compares two major earthquakes in contemporary China—the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake and the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. It traces the overall changes in the existential struggle over trauma, governance of life and psyche, psychological and psychiatric intervention and reconstruction over the past four decades in China.
His research interests include contemporary Chinese society and culture; governance, governmentality, biopolitics, grieving, trauma, psychiatry, and subjectification; the body, sexuality, masculinity; Daoist practices, Chinese medicine; the media.
PRIMARY PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH
The Impotence Epidemic: Men’s Medicine and Sexual Desire in Contemporary China. Durham: Duke University Press. 2015.
Major Coeditor (with Arthur Kleinman and Tu Weiming) Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The Quest for an Adequate Life. London: Routledge. 2011.
JOURNAL ARTICLES OR BOOK CHAPTERS
Grieving at Chongqing’s Red Guard Graveyard: In the Name of Life Itself. The China Journal 70:1-24. 2013.
Flows between the Media and the Clinic: Desiring Production and Social Production in Urban Beijing. In Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia. Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein, eds. Pp. 139-172. Durham: Duke University Press. 2013.
Mourning. In A Companion to Moral Anthropology. Didier Fassin, ed. Pp. 264-282. Wiley-Blackwell. 2012
China’s Sexual Revolution. In Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person, coauthored by Arthur Kleinman, Yunxiang Yan, Jing Jun, Sing Lee, Everett Zhang, Pan Tianshu, Wu Fei, and Guo Jinhua. Pp. 106-151. Berkeley: The University of California Press. 2011.
Governmentality in China. Introduction to the edited volume Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The Quest for an Adequate Life. E. Zhang, A. Kleinman, and W. Tu, eds. Pp. 1-30. London: Routledge. 2011.
The Truth about the Death Toll in the Great Leap Famine in Sichuan: An Analysis of Maoist Sovereignty. In Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The Quest for an Adequate Life. E. Zhang, A. Kleinman, and W. Tu, eds. Pp. 62-80. London: Routledge. 2011.
The Birth of Nanke (Men’s Medicine) in China: The Making of the Subject of Desire. American Ethnologist 34 (3): 491-508. 2007.
Switching between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Viagra: Cosmopolitanism and Medical Pluralism Today. Medical Anthropology 26(2): 53-96. 2007.
Rethinking Sexual Repression in Maoist China: Ideology, Structure, and the Ownership of the Body. Body and Society 11(3):1-25. 2005.
Power, Agency, and Medicine in China. Metascience 12 (3): 325-329. 2003.
Goudui and the State: Constructing Entrepreneurial Masculinity in Two Cosmopolitan Areas in Southwest China. In Gendered Modernities: An Ethnographic Perspective. D. Hodgson, eds. Pp. 235-266. New York: Palgrave. 2001.
Tiananmen Square: The Rhetorical Power of a Woman and a Man. Anthropology and Humanism 20(1): 29-46. 1995.
Ten Years of News Reporting between China and the U.S.: An Intercultural View. In Ten Years of Sino-U.S. Relations. Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Association for American Studies, eds. Pp. 449-478. Nanjing: Yilin Press. 1990.
1. The Impotence Epidemic: Men's Medicine and Sexual Desire in Contemporary China
2. Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: The Quest for an Adequate Life