Yangyou Fang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. She studies the Spanish Pacific (1521–1815), the cross-cultural engagement between Iberia, Latin America, the Philippines and East Asia. She analyzes unknown and underexposed multilingual documents against the grain, especially primary sources that shed light on voices from diverse communities —Spaniards, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese and many others. Her research illuminates the transcultural encounters in Spanish colonialism in the Pacific, and reveals a more nuanced and richer image of the early modern Spanish Empire. Furthermore, She has worked on other projects that examine cross-cultural literature and connected histories in Spain, Latin America, and Asia. For example, she examined enslaved African and Chinese individuals in Cuba (1847–1874) who employed writing as their tactics of resistance. She is interested in engaging in intellectual dialogues across disciplines and regions and has presented her research on interdisciplinary venues such as Princeton’s East Asian Studies Department and Program in Latin American Studies.
She earned her B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia in Spanish and Computer Science, and worked as a Technology Analyst at JPMorgan in Glasgow, Scotland, before pursuing doctoral studies at Princeton (M.A. earned in 2021). She is the recipient of the 2021 Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones Prize in recognition for her contributions and dedication to undergraduate teaching. Her work on Don Quixote’s influence on the twentieth-century Chinese literary movements appears in Cervantes Global (Madrid: Iberoamericana; Frankfurt: Vervuert, 2022). Parts of her dissertation will appear as “‘Indescribable Misery’ (Mis)Translated: A Letter from Manila’s Chinese Merchants to the Spanish King (1598)” in The Spanish Pacific, 1521–1815, A Reader of Primary Sources, vol. 2, edited by Ricardo Padrón and Christina Lee (Amsterdam University Press, Forthcoming). Yangyou also served as Assistant Editor for the first volume of the reader.