Christopher T. Fan

I am an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine in the departments of English, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Studies, 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 Literary History, American Quarterly, the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Post45, Public BooksThe New Inquiry, and American Literary History: Forum.

I am currently working on a book, tentatively titled Principles of Selection: Asian American Fiction after 1965, about post-1965 Asian/American fiction (especially science fiction) as an articulation of immigration policy and US-Asia political economy.

Refereed Articles

"Science Fictionality and Post-’65 Asian American Literature," American Literary History (Forthcoming, 2021).

"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). Reprinted in Takayumi Tatsumi, Trans-Pacific Cultural Studies, Sage: Tokyo, 2019.

"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

"COVID-19 era read and watch list," UCI School of Humanities Blog, May 13, 2020.

"Andrew Yang and Post-65 Asian America," American Literary History: Forum, March 3, 2020.

"Imagining future economies," UCI School of Humanities Blog, January 23, 2020.

"‘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.


Recent Appearances

"Apocalypse and Pandemic Literature, TV & Film in the Era of COVID-19," "COVID-19: The Humanities Respond," UCI School of Humanities, , May 7, 2020. Invited.

"Science Fictionality and Post-1965 Chinese American Women Writers," Dept. of English, Stanford University, February 10, 2020. Invited.

"Post-1965 Asian American Fiction," "Forum on Transpacific Cultural Research: Diasporic Intimacy and Speculative Futures in Asian/American Studies," Institute for European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, January 7, 2020. Invited.

"Slow Life in Still Life," "Manufactured Futures, Weaponized Time," Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting, U. Maryland, College Park, October 12, 2019.

"‘Who belongs? Who gets to decide?’: Borders and Belonging Launch Event," "Borders and Belonging," UCI Humanities Center, HG 1030, October 8, 2019. Invited.

"Engineers for Korea: The Science Fictionality of Native Speaker," "The Politics and Aesthetics of Korean Migration," American Studies Association of Korea Annual Meeting, Korea University, Seoul, September 21, 2019.

"The Science Fictionality of Native Speaker," ASAP/Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 8, 2019.

"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 University, Seoul, September 15, 2018.


Ask me anything here: chris.fan@uci.edu

My faculty page is here: UCI English Dept

I have another web presence here: Academia.edu

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