Christopher T. Fan

Christopher T. FanI 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 form. 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 33.1 (Spring, 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, 1/23/2020.

"‘Forms of Taboo, Forms of Love’: a review of The Loved Ones by Sonya Chung," Public Books, 20170711.

"Asian/American Antibodies: An Ending," Post45: Contemporaries, 20160414.

"Asian/American (Anti-)Bodies: An Introduction," Post45: Contemporaries, 20151123.

"Not All Nerds," The New Inquiry, 20141104.

"Review of Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang," Hyphen, 20141021.

"‘Future Islands’: a review of On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee," The New Inquiry, 20140519.

"Cartesian Centaurs: Modernism and the Bicycle," Berkeley English Department Blog, 20130711.

upcoming appearances

October 30, 2021, American Studies Association of Korea
"South Korean Zombie Films and the Antinomies of Labor" "Race, Labor, and Plasticity in Late Capitalism", Virtual.


recent appearances

"Roundtable: Baltimore’s Possible Futures: A Dialogue on ‘Rising Asia,’ Black Erasure, and the ‘Ungentrifiable City’", American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Virtual, October 14, 2021. Invited.

"Interview on Theory to No End Podcast", Theory to No End Podcast, September 26, 2021.

"Slow Life in Still Life: Orientalism and Jia Zhangke’s Postsocialist Irony", "Transpacific Socialisms", Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Virtual, April 10, 2021.

"‘Sorry, Please, Thank You’: US-China Trade War and Queer Orientalism", "Queering Racialized Capital and Labor across Asian/Pacific Time and Space", Association for Asian Studies, Virtual, March 23, 2021. Invited.

"Speculative Fictions and Financial Speculation", MLA Annual Convention, Virtual, January 7, 2021. Invited.

"Transnational Equivalences and Inequalities", UC Speculative Futures Collective, UC Irvine (Virtual Symposium), October, 2020.

"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.


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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