Jiahe Mei

Chinese Program


Jiahe Mei works on the cultural history of modern China, with a particular focus on the history of the body and media in the socialist period. Her MA thesis excavates the tour of a performance troupe of disabled veterans in the late 1950s, investigating how disability, as a complex compound of cultural discourses, social arrangements, and embodied experiences, might complicate the configuration of socialist body politics, subjectivity, and aesthetics. Beyond this case study, she is exploring ways to understand the intertwinement between the body and media in light of insights from performance studies and disability studies. Before coming to Berkeley, Jiahe studied history and cultural sociology at Peking University (BA in 2015 and MA in 2018) and the University of Chicago (MA in 2019).