Bio 简介

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Based in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Huai Bao, a.k.a. H. B. Dhawa (a pen name used for his first two best-selling books), received his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in Canada.  His substantial research is focused on gender and sexuality as intersected with a multitude of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences relating to China, East Asia, and other non-Western traditions.  Huai had worked in the film and TV industry internationally for years before settling into academia, with extensive experience, skills, and knowledge gained for his subsequent scholarly work.

Huai’s monograph, Cross-Gender China: Across Yin Yang, Across Cultures, and Beyond Jingju, was published by Routledge (New York, London and Oxfordshire) in August 2017 , which is currently being distributed all over the world.  Since 2010, he has had three books, over 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters published in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.  He has presented original research at international conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia.

In addition to research, Huai began his teaching career as an instructor of the Chinese language and culture at SFU in 2012.  In 2013, he taught Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice in Literature at UBC.  Since then, Huai has taught widely in different fields at seven universities colleges.  As a holder of the top level standard Mandarin Chinese certificate from China, Huai has also taught the Chinese language and culture at all levels.

Huai has been of service to faculty, students, and a variety of communities since 2010.  He not only has created new courses, developed curricula, and served as a course advisor and consultant, but also has constructively participated in collegial and departmental activities under the supervision of the heads of the college.  At UBC, he is instrumental in the registration, construction, and maintenance of the e-journal, Women Suffrage and Beyond. He has maintained the website and its database, and made regular contacts with our writers ever since 2013.

With a strong literature, theatre, and filmmaking background, Huai’s research requires extensive field work, qualitative interviews, and surveys, and deals with literatures, histories, cultures, societies, religions, and human beings, using gender and sexuality as central terms for analysis and employing interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.  Having interviewed thousands of informants, he believes that qualitative interviews are as important as large-scale surveys to help a researcher find out “truth” as well as “facts.”

Huai loves travelling and exploring different cultures. Huai likes cooking; COVID has shaped him into a not-too-bad amateur pastry chef. He proudly makes yummy tiramisu, bread pudding, and Japanese style fluffy cheese cakes to treat friends.

Working on movie set
Peking Opera training in earlier years


Huai Bao 达哇博士先后求学于南京、北京,积累了多年工作经验后,就读于加拿大温哥华西门菲沙大学(Simon Fraser University),并获得人文与社会跨学科研究博士学位,同时获得加拿大社会与人文科研究学会(SSHRC)颁发的两年期全额博士奖学金(相当于24万人民币)。之后再次获得加拿大社会与人文科研究学会两年期博士后基金(约合40多万人民币),并在多伦多大学从事博士后研究。



2016年12月在北京大学外国语学院、北京交通大学、北京师范大学和南京师范大学客座讲学。2017年8月英文专著Cross-Gender China: Across Yin Yang, Across Cultures, and Beyond Jingju英国顶尖学术出版社罗德里奇(Routledge)出版。


Photo above: Received the Best Conference Presentation Award at the ICHSC International Conference in Vancouver, BC, in September 2016.

Awards 获奖纪录:

The Best Conference Presentation Award, ICHSC, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2016
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2016-2018: $81,000
SSHRC Doctoral Award for 2013-2015: $40,000
Graduate Fellowship at SFU for Summer 2015: $6,250
SFU Travel and Minor Research Award 2015: $350
SFU Travel and Minor Research Award 2014: $250
Graduate Fellowship at SFU for Fall 2014: $3,125
Graduate Fellowship at SFU for Fall 2013: $3,125
Third Prize, Across the World Travelogue Competition, Chinese Pen Society of Canada, 2013: $100
Graduate Fellowship at SFU for Spring 2013: $3,125
Margaret Lowe Benston Memorial Graduate Bursary in Women’s Studies (GESR100) for Fall 2012: $2,050
Graduate (International) Travel Award for Summer 2012: $2,250
Meredith Kimball Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Women’s Studies for Spring 2011: $1,560
SFU GSS Think Again Conference Award, 2011: $250
Graduate Fellowship at SFU for 2011-2012: $6,250
Scholarship at Vancouver Film School for 2007: $5,000
EverCare Med. Institution 2004: Employee of the Year: $2,000
BEI Master Centre 1998: Employee of the Year


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Praise 褒奖:

I was so lucky to have you teaching me three months after I landed in Canada with my parents. Everything was new to me. I didn’t realize until much later that you bought that binder for me out of your own pocket! Why? Why were you so kind to me? Seriously, I have not met any teacher in my life as kind as you are!

— Jason

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What I liked about Huai as my professor is, unlike most of the other professors who have taught me and who have basically moved from one school to another, Huai worked extensively in different lines of industry between his MA and his Ph.D. He often said society was the greatest university for him, and he learned through the real “field work” how to be a real social scientist. Highly recommended!

— Craig

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I will never forget the field trip you took us to the movie set. What a interesting day! Your innovative teaching methods could never make us tired! Oftentimes I found myself already counting the days to your next class!

— Bailey

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I not only learned so much knowledge from Huai’s class; I also learned wisdom and compassion with which we go through the difficult times in our life.  Thank you for such a wonderful semester!

— Raj

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You are such a talented teacher. My son can only learn with you, but not the other teachers who have taught him. Thank you also for the beautiful picture book you have bought for him out of your own pocket.

— Liam的母亲 Liam’s mother

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Greetings, from India!

In 2015, I read your research paper entitled Repression, Silence and Cinematic Language: Eastern Sensibilities in Visualizing Brokeback Mountain. I found your ideas to be extremely enriching and well-written along with the film which I found to be very intelligent and hard-hitting. While developing my ideas, I made reference to your ideas a few times and acknowledged it in the text and bibliography.

–Sonika Jain, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar and Practitioner
Former Faculty, University of Delhi, India.
PhD, Department of Film, University of Bristol, U.K.

October 2016

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I have been a regular reader of Dr. Huai Bao’s writings, and have benefited a lot. Dr. Bao’s critiques, observations and contrasts of Chinese and foreign phenomena are always philosophical and yet entertaining, as well as throughout-provoking and inspiring. I feel that he always has right-on-spot descriptions and insightful analysis of everyday matters. Every piece he writes is a condensation of knowledge and cognition and captures the essence of things.


Several years ago, I read two books written by Dr. Huai Bao–Vibrations, and Change Destiny, and the impression is so deep up to this day. The books have had a profound and long-lasting impact on me. Unlike other inspirational books, Dr. Huai Bao has included many cases and his personal experiences to probe into the metaphysical realm of psychology, fate and destiny, and gives the reader so much faith and confidence as well as the trick to leading success. In the fast-paced contemporary society, his books are particularly worth reading carefully. Nowadays, whenever I recall the days I read the books, I can’t help rereading them.

– 闫立新 Lixin Yan
伊美尔医疗美容连锁机构 EverCare Medical Institution
中国北京 Beijing, China

October 2016

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I’m from a small town in China, and have recently relocated to Beijing for my new job. I wanted to write to let you know that I have carried your book, Change Destiny, with me all the way to Beijing. It has accompanied me through so many lonely and restless nights. Thank you!

– 关山 Guan Shan
中国北京 Beijing, China

September 2016

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Huai Bao’s Sexual Artifice in Gender Transgression is the first and only one internationally and, most likely, in China, too.

–Dr. Kate Swatek
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
The University of British Columbia

May 2015

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Thanks for your journal article, Sexual Misconduct: Rethinking Buddhism, which has been an important source of information for my own research project. I find you work extremely informative, insightful, and strange–Don’t get me wrong, strange is a compliment here!

University of South Carolina

August 2014

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Huai, you are the best TA I’ve ever worked with. Thanks for your hard work and your integrity!

–Dr. annie ross
Associate Professor, Department of First Nations Studies
Simon Fraser University

December 2012

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