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Dr. Michael M. Day

Dr. Michael M. Day
Associate Professor
National University
(858) 642-8327

Michael Martin Day (???) received both his BA in Asian Studies and his MA in Chinese Literature from the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada. He spent two years as a university student in China on a Canada-China Cultural Exchange Scholarship, and lived in China for seven years. He began his doctoral studies at UBC, where he was also teaching Asian Studies and Chinese language and literature, but completed his doctorate in Chinese Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands, while also teaching Chinese literature at Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic, where he lived for seven years prior to coming to National. The doctoral thesis was completed with the assistance of a CCK Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. He has had published numerous translations of modern Chinese poetry and fiction, as well as critical essays and book chapters, in addition to the translation of A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature by Hong Zicheng, the standard university text on the subject in China. An open access eBook based on his doctoral thesis (The Second World of Poetry: The Sichuan Avant-Garde, 1982-1992) and collections of translated modern Chinese poetry can be found at the “Digital Archive of Chinese Studies”, hosted by Leiden University and the University of Heidelberg at: At National, he teaches literature and history, and he won National University’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Online Course Content. He has lived and worked in San Diego since 2007.


Ph.D. Chinese and Literature
Leiden University