Belinda Kong

Affiliation: Asian Studies, English, Chinese
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English

Belinda Kong's teaching areas include Asian American literature, Asian diaspora fiction, and Chinese diaspora fiction.

Her research focuses on contemporary literature by Asian American and Asian diasporic writers, with focus on the Chinese diaspora and issues of geopolitics, biopolitics, race, and state power. Her first book, Tiananmen Fictions Outside the Square: The Chinese Literary Diaspora and the Politics of Global Culture (Temple University Press 2012, Asian American History and Culture Series), analyzes Chinese diasporic fictions on the 1989 Tiananmen movement and massacre.

Her current book project, What Lived Through SARS: Affect and Archive of the 2003 Pandemic, examines global pandemic discourses around the 2003 SARS epidemic, with focus on everyday cultures of epidemic life that emerged from the outbreak's epicenters in China and Hong Kong. For a preview of the book's introduction, see her article "Pandemic as Method" in PRISM: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature: link. For a preview of the book's final chapter, see her article "Recovering First Patients" in b2o's COVID-19 dossier: link.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2005
  • MA, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 1999
  • BA, English and Philosophy, College of William and Mary, 1998