Sep 24, 2021
Christopher T. Fan is 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 he also co-founded. His research and writing focus on 20/21st c. Anglophone and Asian/American cultural production, speculative fiction, and racial form. He received his 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, his 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 Books, The New Inquiry, and American Literary History: Forum.
He is 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.
We discuss two of his articles:
"Science Fictionality and Post-65 Asian American Literature," American Literary History 33.1 (Spring, 2021).
"Melancholy Transcendence: Ted Chiang and Asian American Postracial Form," Post45: Peer Reviewed (November 6, 2014).