Location: Bowdoin / Belinda Kong


Belinda Kong

Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English
Director of Asian Studies Program

Contact Information

102 38 College Street

Spring 2014

  • New Fictions of Asian America (ASNS 2806)
  • Totalitarianism and Dissidence in Contemporary Chinese Literature (ASNS 3051)
  • New Fictions of Asian America (ENGL 2758)
  • Totalitarianism and Dissidence in Contemporary Chinese Literature (ENGL 3021)

Belinda Kong


  • Ph.D. in English Language and Literature,
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature,
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1999
  • B.A. in English and Philosophy,
    College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1998

Teaching Areas

  • Asian diaspora literature; Asian American literature; twentieth-century Chinese and Chinese diaspora literature

Research Interests

  • Chinese diaspora fiction; transnationalism and Asian American literature; theories of translation, race, displacement, and the human; theories of biopolitics

Tiananmen Fictions Outside the Square: The Chinese Literary Diaspora and the Politics of Global Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (Asian American History & Culture Series), 2012.

"In and Out of the Spectacle: Beijing Olympics and Yiyun Li's The Vagrants." Ariel 42.1 (2011): 107-128. (special issue on The Cosmopolitan Novel, ed. Emily Johansen and Soo Yeon Kim)

" Beyond K's Specter: Chang-rae Lee's A Gesture Life, Comfort Women Testimonies, and Asian American Transnational Aesthetics." Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.1 (2011): 1-29.

"Monkey Remnants: Paternality, Ancestry, and Chineseness in Patricia Chao's The Monkey King."  Myth and Violence in the Contemporary Female Text: New Cassandras.  Ed. Sanja Bahun-Radunovic and V. G. Julie Rajan.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. 37-54.

"Theorizing the Hyphen's Afterlife in Post-Tiananmen Asian-America."  Modern Fiction Studies 56.1 (Spring 2010): 136-59.  (Special theme issue on Theorizing Asian American Fiction, ed. Paul Lai, Stephen Hong Sohn, and Donald Goellnicht)

"When Ghosts Dream: Immigrant Desire in Lan Samantha Chang's Hunger."  Death in American Texts and Performances: Corpses, Ghosts, and the Reanimated Dead.  Ed. Lisa K. Perdigao and Mark Pizzato.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010. 99-112.

"Shanghai Biopolitans: Wartime Colonial Cosmopolis in Eileen Chang's Love in a Fallen City and J. G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun."  Journal of Narrative Theory 39.3 (Fall 2009): 280-304.  (Special theme issue on Narrating Cities, ed. Adam Hansen)

"The Asian-American Hyphen Goes Gothic: Ghosts and Doubles in Maxine Hong Kingston and lê thi diem thúy."  Asian Gothic: Essays on Literature, Film and Anime.  Ed. Andrew Hock Soon Ng. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. 123-39.

"Traveling Man, Traveling Culture: Death of a Salesman and Post-Mao Chinese Theater."  Arthur Miller's Global Theater.  Ed. Enoch Brater.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. 35-56.

"Teaching Contemporary Diaspora Fiction of the Nanjing Massacre in the Globalized Classroom."  Asia in the Classroom and the Academy: New Ideas in Scholarship and Teaching.  Ed. Suzanne Wilson Barnett.  (Forthcoming, part of the Luce Fund for Asian Studies Faculty book)

"Hong Kong (Britain/China)."  Cultural Sociology Encyclopedia.Vol. 3. Ed. Orlando Patterson and Geoffrey J. Golson. Sage Reference, 2012. (Forthcoming)

Global Asias 2 Conference (by invitation)
Penn State Unversity, University Park, Pennsylvania. Novemer.

"Theorizing the Hyphen's Afterlife in Post-Tiananmen Asian-America"
Asian American Literature Division Panel (solicited participation)
Modern Language Association (MLA) 2009 Convention
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December.

"The Cangue of Cosmopolitanism: Eileen Chang’s Self-Translations"
Seminar: Multilingual Modernisms
Modernist Studies Association (MSA) 11th Conference
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. November.

"Yiyun Li's Aging of Globalization"
American Literature Association (ALA) 20th Annual Conference
Boston, Massachusetts. May.

"Shanghai Biopolitans: Wartime Colonial Cosmopolis in Eileen Chang and J. G. Ballard"
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference   
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. March.

"The Afterlife of Polis: Walter Benjamin and the Chinese Diaspora"
Logics of the Living Conference
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

"Asian American Afterlife: Theorizing the Ethics of Diasporic Writing"
American Literature Association (ALA) 18th Annual Conference
Boston, Massachusetts

"Ghosts and Doubles: The Asian-American Hyphen Goes Gothic"
National Popular & American Culture Associations (PCA/ACA) Joint Conference
Boston, Massachusetts. April.

"Writing the Trauma of the Other in Chang-rae Lee's A Gesture Life"
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Convention
Baltimore, Maryland. March.

"The Two Gaos: Exile, Recognition, and the Manufacture of Literary Identity."
At the Edge: Margins, Frontiers, Initiatives in Literature and Culture.
International Comparative Literature Association 17th Congress.
Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China.

"The Ecstasy of Diasporic Homecomings."
Imagining Diasporas: Space, Identity and Social Change Conference.
University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

"Ha Jin and the Gradient of Difference."
The University: 45th Annual Midwest Modern Language Association Convention.
Chicago, Illinois.

"Traveling Man, Traveling Culture: Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman in Beijing."
Caribbean Crossings: American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference.
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico.