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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 four books and two edited volumes, Lu has published over 30 articles on rhetoric and intercultural communication as peer-reviewed book chapters and in refereed academic journals, including Quarterly Journal of Speech, Western Journal of Communication, Howard Journal of Communication, Discourse & Society, Intercultural Communication Studies and China Media Research.

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

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  • Via Sapientiae Award, DePaul University (2019)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, DePaul University (2017)
  • 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)


Lu, Xing. The Rhetoric of Mao Zedong: Transforming China and Its People. The University of South Carolina Press, 2017.

Lu, Xing. [Introduction to Speech Communication], [Tsinghua University Press] Beijing, China. Winter 2009 (in Chinese).

Lu, Xing. Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Impacts on Chinese Thought, Culture, and Communication. The University of South Carolina Press, 2004.

Lu, Xing. Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B. C. E.: A Comparison with Greek Rhetoric. The University of South Carolina University Press, 1998.

Lu, Xing. Wenshan Jia & D. Ray Heisey (eds.). Lead Editor of Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons. Ablex Publishing, 2002.

Wenshan Jia, Xing Lu, and D. Ray Heisey (eds.). Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers, and New Directions. Ablex Publishing, 2002.

Lu, Xing. The Intersection between Intercultural Communication and Comparative Rhetoric Studies: A Review and Case Studies. In The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetoric: Studies in the History, Application, and Teaching of Rhetoric beyond Traditional Greco-Roman Contexts. Edited by Keith Lloyd. New York: Routledge. pp. 34-48, 2021.

Lu, Xing. Ideological and Discourse: Rhetorical Construction of Mao Zedong’s “New Communist Person” (1949-1976). In Words of Power, the Power of Words: The Twentieth-Century Communist Discourse in International Perspective. Edited by Giulia Bassi. Italy: Edizioni Universita di Trieste. pp. 401-420, 2019.

Lu, Xing. The Little Red Book Lives on: Mao’s Rhetorical Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Political Imaginings. In Imagining China: Rhetorics of Nationalism in an Age of Globalization. Edited by Stephen Hartnett, Lisa Keranen, & Dovovan Conley. Michigan State University Press, pp. 11-45, 2017.

Lu, Xing. 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 . Published by the Central Compilation and Translation Press, Beijing, 2015 in Chinese and English. Chinese version: 128-133, English version:146-152.

Lu, Xing. 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, 2009.

Lu, Xing. Construction of nationalism and political legitimacy through rhetoric of the anti-SARS campaign: A fantasy analysis. In John Powers and Xiaosui Xiao (Eds). The Social Construction of SARS, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp.109-124, 2008.

Lu, Xing. [History and Development of Western Rhetoric]. In [Communication Studies], Shuming Lu (Eds.). [China Renmin University Press]. Spring 2008 (in Chinese).

Lu Xing. Classical Chinese Rhetoric in the Fifth and Third Century BCE. In Within Widening Gyre. Edited by Sam Edelman. Hampton Press, 2004.

Lu, Xing. 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, 2002.

Lu, Xing. Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Rhetorics: Reflections and Challenges. In Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers, and New Directions. Co-editors: Wenshan Jia and Ray Heisey, pp.105-120. Ablex Publishing, 2002.

Lu, Xing. 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, 2000.

Lu, Xing. Identity Negotiation in the Classroom. In Sandra Jackson and Jose Solis (eds.) I have a Story to Tell, pp. 71-86. Peter Lang, 1998.

Lu, Xing (2019) Contestation of Rhetoric within the Chinese Tradition: An Overview of Confucian Moralistic Rhetoric, Daoist Transcendental Rhetoric, and Mohist Utilitarian Rhetoric, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 22:2, 125- 138.

Lu, Xing. “Rhetorical Construction of the Ideal Chinese Leader in President Xi Jinping's Overseas Speeches.” China Media Research. 13 (1), 2017, 74-82.

Lu, Xing. Ideological Contestation over Parenting Styles: Dr. Spock vs. Amy Chua. China Media Research. 12(1), 2016, 25-34.

Lu, Xing. Comparative Rhetoric: Contemplating on Tasks and Methodologies in the Twenty-First Century. Rhetoric Review. 34 (3) 2015, 266-273.

Lu, Xing. “Rhetoric of Legitimacy: Comparing Han Yu’s Defense of Confucianism and Mao Zedong’s justification of the Communist Rule” China Media Research. 10 (4), October 2014, 101-110.

Lu, Xing. A Burkean Analysis of China Is Not Happy: A Rhetoric of Nationalism.” Chinese Journal of Communication, 5 (2), 2012, 194-209.

Lu, Xing. “From ‘Ideological Enemies’ to ‘Strategic Partners’: A Rhetorical Analysis of U.S.-China Relations in Intercultural Contexts” The Howard Journal of Communications. 22, 2011, 1- 22.

Lu, Xing & Guo-Ming Chen. Language Change and Value Orientation in Chinese Culture. China Media Research. 7 (3), 2011, 56-63.

Lu, Xing. Bilingual and Bicultural Development of Chinese American Adolescents and Young Adults: A Comparative Study co-author with Xiaowei Shi, The Howard Journal of Communications. 18, 2007, 313-333.

Lu, Xing. Transitional Rhetoric of Chinese Communist Party Leaders in the Post-Mao Reform Period: Dilemmas and Strategies. The Quarterly Journal of Speech. August 2006, 262-286.

Lu, Xing. Studies and Development of Comparative Rhetoric in the U.S.A.: Chinese and Western Rhetoric in Focus” China Media Research, 2 (2), 2006, 112-116.

Lu, Xing. Chinese Political Communication: Roots in Tradition and Impacts on Contemporary Chinese Thought and Culture. Intercultural Communication Studies, Special Issue, Winter 2001.

Lu, Xing. Bicultural Identity Development and Formation of New Chinese Community: An Ethnographic Study of Chinese Schools in Chicago. The Howard Journal of Communication. 12 (4) Oct-Dec. 2001, 203-220.

Lu, Xing. A Rhetoric of Nationalism and Anti-Americanism in China Can Say No. Intercultural Communication Studies VIII-2, 1999, 163-176.

Lu, Xing. An Ideological/Cultural analysis of Political Slogans in Communist China. Discourse & Society. 10 (4), 1999, 487- 508.

Lu, Xing. An Interface Between Individualistic and Collectivistic. Orientations in Chinese Cultural Values and Social Relations The Howard Journal of Communications. 9 (2) 1998, 91-107.

Lu, Xing. Theory of Persuasion in Han Fei Tzu and Its Impact on Chinese Communication Behaviors. The Howard Journal of Communications, 5, Fall 1993/Winter 1994, 108-122.

Lu, Xing & David Frank. On the Study of Chinese Rhetoric. The Western Journal of Communication, 57, Fall, 1993, 445-463.

Lu, Xing. “A Sent Down Girl Speaks” Chicago Reader, Sept. 10, 1999.

Lu, Xing. [“The Thought Pattern and Language Phenomenon in China Can Say No”] [New Asian Americans]. Vol. 4 (14), 1997, pp. 44-45 (in Chinese).

Lu, Xing. [“On the Effective Use of Audio-Visual Aids in Language Teaching”] in [Hsieh Tsung] Beijing No.2 Foreign Language Institute Press, October 1986 (in Chinese).

Encyclopedia Entry
Lu, Xing. Intercultural Communication. In Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society. Edited by Richard T. Schaefer. Sage, 2008, pp. 730-733.

Book Review
Lu, Xing. Between history and philosophy: Anecdotes in early China, edited by Paul van Els & Sarah A. Queen, Albany: SUNY Press, 2017. A book review published in Argumentation and Advocacy online: 01 Sep 2020,

Lu, Xing. Reading Chinese Fortune Cookies: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric by LuMing Mao” In Rhetoric Review 26, 2007, 259-262.