Paul B. Foster is Associate Professor of Chinese in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech. His research specialty is in Modern Chinese Literature and culture, with a focus on Lu Xun. He is the author of numerous journal articles and conference papers, as well as the book, Ah Q Archaeology: Lu Xun, Ah Q, Ah Q Progeny and the National Character Discourse in Twentieth Century China (Lexington Press, 2006). Dr. Foster is currently researching the relationship between Jin Yong’s martial arts fiction, film and popular culture as well as the forthcoming online text/courseware: Gāojí Hànyǔ, liúxíng yīnyuè yǔ wénhuà 《高级中文、流行音乐与文化》 [Advanced Chinese, Popular Music and Culture]. Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages, pilot Spring 2012, revisions Summer 2012.
Dr. Foster teaches the spectrum of Chinese language and culture courses at Georgia Tech and enjoys introducing students to contemporary Chinese culture through varied media. Dr. Foster is designer and Co-director of Georgia Tech’s new intensive Chinese summer language program hosted at Shanghai Jiaotong University—Chinese Language for Business and Technology (LBAT). He also designed the University System of Georgia Summer Study in China, and served as Program Director and/or On-site Co-director during the summers of 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. Dr. Foster is faculty advisor to both the Chinese Student Association and the Hong Kong Student Association. He was recipient of Ivan Allen College’s E. Roe Stamps Excellence in Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, 2002-2003.
Dr. Foster received his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the Ohio State University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, 1982.