Christopher T. Fan

I am an Assistant Professor of English at UC Irvine, and a senior editor at Hyphen magazine, which I also co-founded. My research and writing focus on 20/21st c. Anglophone and Asian/American cultural production, speculative fiction, and racial formation. I received my PhD in English literature from UC Berkeley in 2016, and was formerly a UC Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow in the English department at UC Riverside.

In addition to Hyphen, my writing has appeared or is forthcoming in American Quarterly, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Post45, Public Books, and The New Inquiry.

I am currently working on a book, tentatively titled Principles of Selection, about post-1965 Asian/American fiction (especially science fiction) as an articulation of immigration selection and occupational concentration into STEM fields. In other words, Asian/American racial form in the era of deindustrialization.

Refereed Articles

"Animacy at the End of History in Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea," American Quarterly 69.3 (September, 2017), special issue on "The Chinese Factor: Reorienting Global Imaginaries in American Studies," eds. Chih-ming Wang and Yu-Fang Cho.

"Battle Hymn of the Afropolitan: Sino-African Futures in Ghana Must Go and Americanah," Journal of Asian American Studies 20.1 (February, 2017), special issue on "Transpacific Futurities," eds. Aimee Bahng and Christine Mok.

"Techno-Orientalism with Chinese Characteristics: Maureen F. McHugh’s China Mountain Zhang," Journal of Transnational American Studies 6.1 (2015).

"Melancholy Transcendence: Ted Chiang and Asian American Postracial Form," Post45: Peer Reviewed (November 6, 2014).

"WordSeer: A Knowledge Synthesis Environment for Textual Data," ACM Conference of Information and Knowledge Management (2013).

Selected Non-refereed Articles

"‘Forms of Taboo, Forms of Love’: a review of The Loved Ones by Sonya Chung," Public Books, July 11, 2017.

"Asian/American Antibodies: An Ending," Post45: Contemporaries, April 14, 2016.

"Asian/American (Anti-)Bodies: An Introduction," Post45: Contemporaries, November 23, 2015.

"Not All Nerds," The New Inquiry, November 4, 2014.

"Review of Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang," Hyphen, October 21, 2014.

"‘Future Islands’: a review of On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee," The New Inquiry, May 19, 2014.

"Cartesian Centaurs: Modernism and the Bicycle," Berkeley English Department Blog, July 11, 2013.

"Vincent Chin: Some Lessons and Legacies," Hyphen, June 25, 2012.

"Jean Quan and the Death of Asian America," Hyphen, November 21, 2011.

Recent Appearances

"The Genres of Occupational Concentration: Asian American Fiction after 1965," "Racial Capitalism with Chinese/American Characteristics," Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 19, 2018.

"Chinese Clones and Postracial Zombies: The Ironies of US-China Interdependency in the Era of Trump," "Transpacific Linkages and Their Discontents," American Studies Association of Korea Annual Meeting, Korea National University, Seoul, September 15, 2018.

"Slow Asian Americas," "Slow Asias," ASAP/Amsterdam, Amsterdam, May 24, 2018.

"Nerds, Race, and Silicon Valley Fiction," "The Fate of Character in the Long Twentieth Century," American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, UCLA, March 29, 2018.

"Ted Chiang Public Reading," UC Irvine Illuminations Series, Crystal Cove Auditorium, March 7, 2018. Invited.

"Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others Book Club Discussion," U.C. Irvine Illuminations Series, , February 27, 2018. Invited.

"The Buried Giant: A workshop and discussion," U.C. Irvine Department of English, UC Irvine, HIB 341, February 23, 2018. Invited.

"The ‘Pivot’ Novel," "Transpacific Alignments after the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Asia and Latin America," MLA Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 5, 2018.

"Asian/American Utopias and Dystopias," "Asian/American Utopias and Dystopias," MLA Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 4, 2018.

"Why Write the Future, and How?," "Writing the Future," U.C. Irvine, Irvine, CA, May 31, 2017. Invited.

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