Eastern Michigan University
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Xianghong Feng, PhD, Washington State University, 2008

Associate Professor

Dr. Feng observing textile maker in China


Areas of Expertise

Political economy, social power and cultural scale, economic growth and social inequality, mobility and individualization, tourism development and sustainability, the Miao (Hmong), kinship and gender, handicraft, ritual, and belief, comparative cultural study between China and the US.


Xianghong Feng is a sociocultural anthropologist.  She worked as a journalist for national newspapers and a magazine in Beijing, China, before she came to the US for doctoral training in anthropology.   Her current research interests are in tourism analysis regarding economic growth, social inequality, scale, space, gender, everyday resistance and their dialectical relationships with power.  She has been conducting ethnographic research in Fenghuang in West Hunan of China since 2002.  She infuses her passion for journalism into anthropology, and enjoys the adventures in the field.  She loves traveling, photographing, videotaping, and reading and writing stories. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals including Human Organization, Anthropology of Work Review, Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, Tourism Tribune, Journal of Northwest Anthropology, and Studies on Asia.  Her other publications include research essays, book reviews, and ethnographic photos appearing in American Ethnologist, The Journal of Asian Studies, Tourism Tribune, Anthropology News, and SfAA News.  She recently published a book Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land: Power and Inequality in Rural Ethnic China.