UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Christopher is a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow and a senior editor at Hyphen magazine, which he also co-founded. In July, 2017, he will join the English department at UC Irvine as an Assistant Professor. His research and writing focus on 20/21st c. Anglophone and Asian/American cultural production, speculative fiction, racial formation, and “global Asias.” He received his PhD in English literature from UC Berkeley in 2016.
In addition to Hyphen, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in American Quarterly, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Post45: Peer Reviewed, and The New Inquiry.
He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Principles of Selection: Asian American Fiction after 1965. It takes stock of the simultaneous emergence of Asian American fiction and an Asian American knowledge worker class occupationally segregated into techno-scientific fields. It reads the mutual determination of these two dimensions in fiction by writers like Ted Chiang, Susan Choi, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki, and Charles Yu that depicts the historical transition away from exclusion as well as the consequences of selection.
His next project, tentatively titled China in the Geopolitical Imagination, explores how China’s rise has shaped the geopolitical imaginations of Anglophone writers like Chimamanda Adichie, Mike Daisey, Chang-rae Lee, and Maureen F. McHugh. Orientalism in these texts differs from Edward Said’s famous model, in which East is East and West is West. Instead, these novels register the anxieties and opportunities created by a pragmatic acceptance of East-West interdependency.