Dongchen Hou is originally from Shandong Province, China. She is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Chinese Anthropology and minoring in Chinese Sociolinguistics and Chinese Literature. She received her B.A. in Chinese Linguistics from Xiamen University and her M.A. in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Beijing Normal University. Her major research interests include cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, literary theory, and cultural theory.