Belinda Kong

Affiliation: Asian Studies, English, Chinese
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English

Belinda Kong's teaching and research focus on contemporary literature by Asian American and Asian diaspora writers.

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 fictions by Chinese diaspora authors on the 1989 Tiananmen movement and massacre. Read here: link

Her second book, SARS Stories: Affect and Archive of the 2003 Pandemic (forthcoming with Duke University Press) examines sinophone cultural materials and perspectives on the 2003 SARS pandemic, particularly those arising from epidemic epicenters in mainland China and Hong Kong during the outbreak period itself, with focus on minor styles and genres and everyday practices of prosociality, resilience, and care. For a preview of the book's final chapter, see her article "Recovering First Patients" in b2o's COVID-19 dossier: link. For a related discussion of pandemic biosecurity and bioorientalist discourses, see her article "Pandemic as Method" in PRISM: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature: 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