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Brian Bernards

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3706
Office: THH 356P

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
M.A. , Columbia University, 2005
B.A. , University of Washington, 2002

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Modern Chinese and Southeast Asian literature and cinema, Sinophone studies, and postcolonial studies. Forthcoming book, Writing the South Seas, examines the colonial and postcolonial formation of the Nanyang, the “South Seas,” as a transnational and translingual literary trope in the modern literatures of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Research Specialties

modern Chinese and Southeast Asian literature and cinema, Sinophone studies, postcolonial studies

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar), Brian Bernards, Duncan Williams and Velina Hasu Houston, $175,000, 2013-2014   



Bernards, B. (2015). Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
Bernards, Brian, Shu-mei Shih, and Chien-hsin Tsai (Ed.). (2013). Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader. New York: Columbia University Press.

Book Chapter

Bernards, B. (2013). "Plantation and Rainforest: Chang Kuei-hsing and a South Seas Discourse of Coloniality and Nature". Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader pp. 325-338. New York: Columbia University Press.

Journal Article

Bernards, B. (2014). From Diasporic Nationalism to Transcolonial Consciousness: Lao She's Singaporean Satire, Little Po's Birthday. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Vol. 26 (1), pp. 1-40.
Bernards, B. (2013). "Shuangxiang de hunzaxing: lun lengzhan shiqi Tai Hua xiaoshuo zhong de 'Taihua'" [Bidirectional Hybridity: "Thaification" in Cold War-Era Sinophone Thai Fiction]. Zhongshan renwen xuebao [Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities]. Vol. 35, pp. 127-141.
Bernards, B. (2013). "Beyond Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Recuperating Creolization in Postcolonial Sinophone Malaysian Literature". Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 15 (3), pp. 311-329.

New Courses Developed

ARLT 100g, 105g: Southeast Asian Literature and Film, Arts and Letters, 2011-  
EALC 380: Transnational Chinese Literatures, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Spring 2013   
EALC 530: Race, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism in East Asia, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Spring 2013   
EALC 150g: Global Chinese Cinema and Cultural Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Fall 2012   

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Dornsife General Education Teaching Award, Fall 2014   
UCLA Asia Institute Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011   
Fulbright Award, Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, 2008-2009   
University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Grant, 2008-2009   
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