Belinda Kong

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

Belinda Kong is a scholar of global Asian literature and culture whose research focuses on global Chineseness.

Her most recent book, SARS Stories: Affect and Archive of the 2003 Pandemic (Duke University Press 2024), examines sinophone cultural expressions on the 2003 SARS pandemic, particularly those arising from epidemic epicenters in mainland China and Hong Kong during the outbreak period, with attention to minor styles and everyday practices of prosociality, resilience, and care. [Download the book's introduction.] For an excerpt of the book's final chapter, see her article "Recovering First Patients" in b2o's COVID-19 dossier. For a related discussion of pandemic biosecurity and bioorientalist discourses, see her article "Pandemic as Method" in the journal PRISM: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature.

Kong's 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. Compelling us to think about how Chinese culture, identity, and politics are being defined in the diaspora, the book addresses issues of political exile, historical trauma, global capital, and state biopower. [Read the book on open platform.]

Kong's teaching focuses on a broad range of Asian American and Asian diaspora writing. In 2022, she was nominated by the Bowdoin student body to deliver the annual Karofsky Faculty Encore lecture, which honors a faculty member as teacher and role model. Her lecture, "What We Learn from the Lives of Others: Teaching Asian American Memoirs and Self-Writing," discusses the recent memoir turn in Asian American literature, highlighting the historical erasure of Asian Americans in the US educational curriculum and the ongoing need to center marginalized voices and self-narratives.

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