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Li (Lily) Wong Assoc Professor Department of Literature

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(202) 885-2987
CAS - Literature
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BA National Central University of Taiwan (English); MA University of California, Santa Barbara (Comparative Literature); PhD University of California, Santa Barbara (Comparative Literature)

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies (CRGC) and serves as Associate Director of Faculty Engagement and Initiatives for the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/emotion, gender/sexuality, racial capitalism, minor-transnational solidarity movements, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone, and Asian American communities. She is one of the founding board members of the Society of Sinophone Studies (SSS), and serves on the Advisory Board of Verge: Studies in Global Asias (University of Minnesota Press). Her work can be found in journals including American Quarterly, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Asian Cinema, Asian American Literary Review, Pacific Affairs, and China Review International, among others. She has published book chapters in World Cinema and the Visual Arts (2012), Queer Sinophone Cultures (2013), Divided Lenses: War and Film Memory in Asia (2016), Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies (2020), Sinophone Studies Across Disciplines: A Reader (forthcoming, 2023). She is the author of the book "Transpacific Attachments: Sex Work, Media Networks, and Affective Histories of Chineseness" (Columbia University Press, 2018); Co-editor (with Eric Tang, UT Austin) of "Dimensions of Violence, Resistance and Becoming: Asian Americans and the 'Opening' of the COVID-era" Special Issue in Journal of Asian American Studies (forthcoming, Oct 2022).

At AU, Lily Wong teaches courses on critical race/ ethnicity (e.g. Asian American Literature), world literature and media (e.g. Literatures of the Global South; Solidarities in World Literature; Desire in World Cinema), as well as critical theory (e.g. Power, Discourse, and Popular Culture; Cultural Politics of the Digital World).
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Spring 2022

  • LIT-240 Asian American Literature

  • LIT-267 Literatures of Global South

  • LIT-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Asian American Literature

Fall 2022

  • LIT-367 Topics in World Literature: Love/Rev: Lit Mvmt Pacific