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Xiao HAN

is a Ph.D. candidate in Asia and Its Diasporas at the Institute for Transtextual and Transcultural Studies (IETT), University of Lyon. Her research interests are in the areas of postcolonial studies and gender, focusing especially on these issues in literature, culture, and political economy. Her dissertation focuses on a corpus of contemporary Chinese popular literature created by and about the so-called “Ant Tribe” and the “Housing Slaves” in China. Symptomatic and representative of the phenomenon of primitive accumulation, this body of literature should be seen, she argues, as part of the mode of subjection specific to the apparatus of area and anthropological difference under capitalist regimes of accumulation.