Clara Iwasaki, PhD, Asian Languages and Cultures UCLA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept
3-36 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
T6G 2H8


Area of Study / Keywords

Chinese literature Sinophone literature Cold War Transpacific


I received my degree in modern Chinese and Sinophone literature from UCLA. My work straddles a number of different fields, modern Chinese literature, Asian/American literature, and transnational Asia more broadly.

While my main specialization is in work written in the Chinese language, although not necessarily limited to China, I have broader interests in and would be willing to advise graduate students working on cultural production in Asia more generally.

Some of my former MA students are pursuing PhDs at University of Southern California and Harvard University. I would welcome students who wish to pursue a career outside of the academy.

Here are some examples of projects I have supervised:

When Routes become Roots: Liu Na'ou, Jiang Wenye, and Their Transnational Cultural Productions, 1923-1945

Beyond Cantonese: Articulation, Narrative and Memory in Contemporary Sinophone Hong Kong, Singaporean and Malaysian Literature

High Tension: Reconceptualizing Interiority in the Works of Qiu Miaojin and Wu Ming-yi

From Daughter to Wife: The Trajectory of Married Women in Ling Shuhua and Feng Yuanjun’s May Fourth Period Works


Modern Chinese literature, Sinophone literature, Sinophone film, transpacific studies, world literature, Taiwanese literature, Hong Kong literature, Cold War studies

My first book, Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon, looks at the global connections of canonical modern Chinese literature through translation and migration. See the New Books in East Asian studies podcast where I give an overview of the book. I also wrote about some of the research I did for the book in a short essay "Transpacific Search Party or How To (Not) Find Yu Dafu's Remains" for the Commentary board of Critical Asian Studies.


I teach classes in modern Chinese literature, Taiwanese literature, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong cinemas, queer Sinophone literature and film, colonial and postcolonial East Asia


I am not accepting graduate students for the 2022-23 academic year.


Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon: Refractions across the Transpacific

Author(s): Clara Iwasaki
Publication Date: 12/1/2020
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Homeless in the Fatherland: Xiao Hong's Migrant Geographies

Author(s): Clara Iwasaki
Publication: Cross Currents: East Asia History and Culture Review
Volume: 31
Page Numbers: 162–182
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