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Xing (Lucy) Lu

Lucy Xing Lu received her BA in English in China, her MA in TESOL in Australia, and her PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon. Lu’s academic interests include Chinese rhetoric, comparative rhetoric, intercultural/multicultural communication, language and culture, cultural identity, and Asian American communication.

In addition to three books and two edited volumes, Lu has published over 30 articles on rhetoric and intercultural communication as book chapters and in academic journals, including Quarterly Journal of Speech, Western Journal of Communication, Howard Journal of Communication, Discourse & Society, and Intercultural Communication Studies.

Outside of academia, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, spending time with friends, and shopping with her daughter.

Languages (Spoken and Written)
Chinese and English


  • Spirit of Inquiry (DePaul University, 2008)
  • Award for “Outstanding Dedication to the Class of 2006”
  • Endowed Chair Professor of Xiamen University, China
  • Recipient of National Endowment for Humanities summer grant (2002)
  • Recipient of the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address for the book Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B. C. E.: A Comparison with Greek Rhetoric (Presented by the National Communication Association 1999)
  • Several summer research grants and competitive research grants from DePaul University. Ola Love Fellowship, American Association of University Women (1988)

Courses Taught

CMN 103 Intercultural Communication
CMN 202 Introduction to Linguistics
CMN 390 Intercultural Communication Competence
CMN 390 Chinese Culture and Communication
CMNS 211 Interpersonal Communication
CMNS 212 Small Group Communication
CMNS 220 Public Speaking
CMNS 304 Multiculturalism in the USA
CMNS 321 Cultural and Symbolic Criticism
CMNS 328 Historical Foundations of Rhetoric and Communication
CMNS 329 Persuasion
CMNS 337 Asian American Media Representation
CMNS 338 Asian Culture and Communication
CMNS 501 Communication in Cultural Contexts
CMNS 502 Intercultural Communication Theories
CMNS 503 Communication in Cultures in Transition
CMNS 504 Language, Thought, and Culture
CMNS 522 Rhetorical Construction of Identity
INTC 321 Cultural and Symbolic Criticism
INTC 328 History of Rhetoric and Communication
INTC 337 Asian American Media Representation
INTC 338 Asian Culture and Communication
ISP 101 Asian Americans in Chicago
LSP 200 Asian American Experiences in the USA

Selected Publications

  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Articles in Referred Academic Journals


  • Lu, Xing. Rhetoric of Mao Zedong: Impact on the Transformation of China and Chinese People. The University of South Carolina Press. (under contract, expected to be in print 2016)
  • Lu, Xing (2009).《言语沟通学概论》[Introduction to Speech Communication], 清华大学出版社 [Tsinghua University Press] Beijing, China.
  • Lu, Xing (2004). Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Impacts on Chinese Thought, Culture, and Communication. The University of South Carolina Press.
  • Wenshan Jia, Xing Lu, and Ray Heisey (Eds) (2002). Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers, and New Directions. Ablex Publishing
  • Lu, Xing; Wenshan Jia & D. Ray Heisey (Eds) (2002). Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons. Ablex Publishing
  • Lu, Xing (1998). Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B. C. E.: A Comparison with Greek Rhetoric. The University of South Carolina Press.

Book Chapters

  • Lu, Xing. (2015) “Dreaming between Civilizations: Rhetoric and Communication.” In Four Seas to One Family: Overseas Chinese and the Chinese Dream, edited by: Tan Chung & Lily H.M. Ling主编谭 中凌焕銘. Published by the Central Compilation and Translation Press, Beijing. Chinese version: 128-133, English Version: 146-152.
  • Lu, Xing (2009) “A Historical Overview of Public Speaking Traditions and Practices in China and the West.” In English Public Speaking in Global Context: Challenges and Innovations—Proceedings of the First National Symposium on English Public Speaking. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China, pp. 32-46.
  • Lu, Xing (2008) “Construction of nationalism and political legitimacy through rhetoric of the anti-SARS campaign: A fantasy analysis.” In The Social Construction of SARS. John Powers and Xiaosui Xiao (Eds), Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp.109-124.
  • Lu, Xing (2008) “西方说辩学/修辞学 ("History and Development of Western Rhetoric"). In《沟通交际学》(Communication Studies), Shuming Lu 鲁曙明(Eds.). 中国人民大学出版社 (China Renmin University Press). Spring 2008.
  • Lu, Xing (2004). “Classical Chinese Rhetoric in the Fifth and Third Century BCE” In Within Widening Gyre. Edited by Sam Edelman. Hampton Press.
  • Lu, Xing (2002). “Chinese Culture and Communication: Diverse Contexts and Comparison with the West: An Introduction” in Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons. Edited by Xing Lu, Wenshan Jia, and D. Ray Heisey, pp. 1-16. Ablex Publishing.
  • Lu, Xing (2002). "Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Rhetorics: Reflections and Challenges” in Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers, and New Directions. Eds. Wenshan Jia and Ray Heisey, pp.105-120. Ablex Publishing.
  • Lu, Xing (2000).“The Influence of Classical Chinese Theories on Contemporary Communication” in Chinese Perspectives on Rhetoric and Communication. Edited by D. Ray Heisey, pp. 3-24. Ablex Publishing Company.
  • Lu, Xing (1998). "Identity Negotiation in the Classroom" in I have a Story to Tell. Eds. Sandra Jackson and Jose Solis, pp. 71-86. Peter Lang.

Articles in Referred Academic Journals

  • Lu, Xing. (2015) “Comparative Rhetoric: Contemplating on Tasks and Methodologies in the Twenty-First Century”. Rhetoric Review. 34 (2): 266-273.
  • Lu, Xing. (2014). "Rhetoric of Legitimacy: Comparing Han Yu’s Defense of Confucianism and Mao Zedong’s justification of the Communist Rule". China Media Research. 10 (4), 101-110.
  • Lu, Xing. (2012). "A Burkean Analysis of China Is Not Happy: A Rhetoric of Nationalism". Chinese Journal of Communication. 5 (2), 194-209.
  • Lu, Xing. (2011). "From 'Ideological Enemies' to 'Strategic Partners': A Rhetorical Analysis of U.S. — Chinese Relations in Intercultural Contexts". The Howard Journal of Communications. 22, June, 1-22.
  • Lu, Xing & Chen, Guo-Ming. (2011). "Language Change and Value Orientations in Chinese Culture". China Media Research. Vol. 7 (3), 56-63.
  • Lu, Xing. (2006). "Studies and Development of Comparative Rhetoric in the U.S.A.: Chinese and Western Rhetoric in Focus". China Media Research. 2 (2), 112-116.
  • Shi, Xiaowei & Lu, Xing. (2007). "Bilingual and Bicultural Development of Chinese American Adolescents and Young Adults: A Comparative Study". The Howard Journal of Communication. 18, 313-333.
  • Lu, Xing & Simons, Herbert. (2006). "Transitional Rhetoric of Chinese Communist Party Leaders in the Post-Mao Reform Period: Dilemma and Strategies". Quarterly Journal of Speech. 92 (3), 262-286.
  • Lu, Xing. (2001). "Bicultural Identity Development and Chinese Community Formation: An Ethnographic Study of Chinese Schools in Chicago". The Howard Journal of Communications. 12, 203-220.
  • Lu, Xing. (1999). "An Ideological/Cultural Analysis of Political Slogans in Communist China". Discourse & Society. 10 (4), 487-508.
  • Lu, Xing. (1999). "A Rhetoric of Nationalism and Anti-Americanism in China Can Say No". Intercultural Communication Studies Vol. VIII-2, 163-176.
  • Lu, Xing. (1998). "An Interface Between Individualistic and Collectivistic Orientations in Chinese Cultural Values and Social Relations". The Howard Journal of Communications. 9, 91-107.
  • Lu, Xing. (Fall 1993/Winter 1994). "Theory of Persuasion in Han Fei Tzu and Its Impact on Chinese Communication Behaviors". The Howard Journal of Communications, 5, 108-122.
  • Lu, Xing & Frank, David. (1993). "On the Study of Ancient Chinese Rhetoric/Bian." Western Journal of Communication. 57, Fall, 445-463.