Department of Geography
1251 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1251
Ph. D. National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2007
Dissertation Title: Place, Capital and Representation: The Politics of Heritage Tourism in Lijiang, PR China.
M. Sc. Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2003
Dissertation Title: A Study on Tourism Development and the Transformation of Historic Towns—Case Study from Lijiang Ancient Town (in Chinese).
B. Arch. Southeast University, China, 2000
My area of interest covers cultural politics, tourism, and urban heritage. My current research investigates the politics of heritage tourism in Lijiang ancient town to see the radical transition of China after 1978. Specifically, I focus on how the practices of dominance and resistance have shaped, and been affected by, Lijiang’s socio-spatial transformation when this World Heritage site becomes increasingly exposed to global capitalistic tendencies arising from tourism. My research examines issues of representation, commodification, spatial inclusion and exclusion, and identity building in a global-national-local nexus.
Recently, I have developed a new research line to examine China’s state spatial policies. With a specific focus on Yunnan Province, I explore how the Chinese state rescales to implement the going-out strategy and produce new spaces of development. Particularly, I examine how the Chinese state reconfigures its institutional ensemble to integrate landlocked Yunnan Province into the transnational economy embodied in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).
Geog205: Geography of Pacific Asia
Geog4/510: Geography of Tourism
Geog4/575 China: Politics and Urban Transformation
Geog607 Social Theorists in Human Geography
Geog 343 Society, Culture, and Place
Geog4/510 Human Geographical Thoughts
Organization Committee Member (2006)
The 7th APRU Doctoral Students Conference, National University of Singapore
Responsibilities included organizing the conference and arranging all attendants’ fieldtrips in Singapore.
Visiting Research Officer (July-September 2007)
East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
Individual Member (2006- )
UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management
International Conference on China and the Future of Human Geography, Guangzhou, China, August 26-28, 2010
Training Workshop-Progress in Human Geography, Guangzhou, China, August 23-25, 2010
International Geographic Union sponsorship to IGU Brisbane 2006 (AU$1,500)
Williams Fund to subsidize Geog410/510 Geography of Tourism 2009 (US$6,720)
East Asia Global Scholars Program, University of Oregon, on “China’s Going-out Strategies: Economic Cooperation and Regional Restructuring in Greater Mekong Subregion,” 2009, (With Nicholas Kohler, US $4,000)
Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, on “Body politics: Power, commodification, and gendered tourism landscapes in Lijiang, China,” 2010 (US$ 1,500)
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Oregon, On “The Jeremiah Fund Lecture Series” to invite Professor Henry Yeung (National University of Singapore) to visit University of Oregon,” 2010 (US$1,500)
Su, X. (in press) “It is my home. I will die here”: Tourism development and the politics of place in Lijiang, China, Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography.
Su, X. (in press) Transnational regionalization and the rescaling of the Chinese state, Environment and Planning A.
Su, X. (in press) Rescaling the Chinese state and regionalization in the Greater Mekong Subregion, Review of International Political Economy.
Su, X. (2011) Heritage production and urban locational policy in Lijiang, China, International Journal of Regional and Urban Studies, 35(6): 1118-1132.
Su, X. (2011) Commodification and the selling of ethnic music to tourists. Geoforum, 42:496-505.
Su, X. (2011) Revolution and reform: The role of ideology and hegemony in Chinese politics, Journal of Contemporary China, 20(69): 307-326.
Su, X. (2010) The Imagination of Place and Tourism Consumption: A Case Study of Lijiang Ancient Town, China, Tourism Geographies, 12: 412-434.
Su, X. (2010) Urban conservation in Lijiang, China: Power Structure and Funding Systems, Cities, 27: 164-171.
Su, X. and Teo. P. (2009) The Politics of Heritage Tourism in China: A View from Lijiang. London and New York: Routledge.
Su, X. and Teo, P. (2008) Tourism Politics in Lijiang, China: An Analysis of State and Local Interactions in Tourism Development, Tourism Geographies, 10(2):150-168.
Su, X. (2007) Adaptive Reuse and Urban Heritage Management—A Case Study of Lijiang Ancient Town, Yunnan (in Chinese). Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities (Philosophy and Social Sciences Edition), 29(6):25-30.
Huang, C., Cheng, J. and Su, X. (2006) Water Resources Carrying Capacity and Urban Sustainable Development of Shenzhen City (in Chinese). Tropical Geography, 26(3): 254-258.
Su, X. and Huang, C. (2005) The Impacts of Heritage Tourism on Public Space in Historic Towns: A Case Study of Lijiang Ancient Town. China Tourism Research, 1(4): 401-442.
Bao, J. and Su, X. (2004) Studies on Tourism Commercialization in Historic Towns (in Chinese). Acta Geographica Sinica, 59(3):427-436.
Su, X. (2009 March) AAG annual meeting in Las Vegas
Su, X. (2006 September) Negotiating Heritage Tourism: Local Identity and Nationalism in Global Era. Paper presented at the workshop on ‘Of Asian Origin’: Rethinking Tourism in Contemporary Asia, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Su, X. (2006 September) Integrating Field Methods in Multi-strategy Tourism Research. Paper presented at the 5th Graduate Workshop, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Su, X. (2006, July) Opening-up to the World: Tourism Development in Transitional China, Paper presented at the 7th APRU Doctorate Student Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Su, X. (2006, July) Whose Lijiang?: Local Perceptions on Heritage Tourism. Paper presented at the IGU 2006 Brisbane Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
Su, X. and Teo, P. (2005, July) The Production of Heritage Landscapes for Tourism: A Case Study of Lijiang, PR China. Paper presented at the Border Tourism and Community Development: An International Conference, Xishuangbanna, China.
Su, X. (2005, May) Heritage Tourism and Place Making in Lijiang, PR China. Paper presented at the ‘Workshop on Human Migration and Acculturation’, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
Su, X. (2005, January) Adaptive Re-use and the Management of Urban Heritage: Case from Singapore’s Chinatown. Paper presented at the ‘Tourism: Vehicle for Development’, Penang, Malaysia.