Szu Shen is a third-generation Han Chinese settler from Taiwan.  She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples.  She has published in West Coast Line and her translation work has appeared in Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies as well as Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.  Her current research project seeks to examine the transnational movement of uranium and its impact on indigenous communities in Canada and across the Asia-Pacific.

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of English

University of British Columbia, Canada 



Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Program

National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Master of Arts

Department of English

University of British Columbia, Canada


International exchange student

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Linköping University, Sweden


Bachelor of Arts

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan



2013 – present







2010 – 2012




2008 – 2009




2004 – 2010

My research traces the ecological, commercial, political, and cultural routes of uranium and its impact on indigenous communities in Canada and across the Pacific.  Inspired by Métis writer Marie Clements’ play Burning Vision (2003), which dramatizes Canada’s involvement in the making of the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, my research explores the lasting legacies of the ore extracted from the Eldorado Mine at Port Radium in the Northwest Territories.  My research will do so by reading narratives of uranium mining in Canada alongside stories and cultural texts that represent two additional sites: Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where the US government conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests following World War II; and Orchid Island in Taiwan, where indigenous Tao people have been living in proximity to the nation’s nuclear waste for more than three decades.  By tracing the transnational movements and management of uranium, my research aims to help us understand how unexpected forms of global relations might take shape in and across indigenous communities.


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