Research & Practice Areas
Southeast Asian literature and cinema (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan), Sinophone studies, postcolonial studies, inter-Asia cultural studies
- Ph.D. Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
- M.A. , Columbia University, 2005
- B.A. , University of Washington, 2002
Summary Statement of Research Interests
My research is inspired by larger questions about intercultural contacts and translingual exchanges within Asia, particularly between East and Southeast Asia, as well as between Sinophone and non-Sinophone communities in those regions. I explore issues of multiculturalism, creolization, and postcoloniality beyond East-West configurations that have dominated and defined discussions of these issues in comparative cultural studies, at times inadvertently flattening the internal diversity and uneven power dynamics within the various sites that collectively constitute the “East.” I am most interested in how authors and filmmakers wrestle with the dominant discourses and master narratives that claim to speak for their subjectivities and cultures, particularly by creatively replicating their experiences of travel, migration, minoritization, and creolization within and between East, South, and Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asian literature and film, Sinophone studies, postcolonial studies, inter-Asia cultural studies, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan
Contracts and Grants Awarded
- Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship, (SSRC InterAsia Program), Brian Bernards $30,000, 2015-2017
- Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach, (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar), Brian Bernards $175,000, 2013-2014
- Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ASHSS) Research Grant. Inter-Asian Cinema: Migrant Labor, Popular Culture, Tourism $25,000, 2020-2021
- Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant. Writing the South Seas $18,680, 2014-2015
- Bernards, B. (2015). Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
- (2013). Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Bernards, B. (2016). Malaysia As Method: Xiao Hei and Ethnolinguistic Literary Taxonomy. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures pp. 811-831. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Oxford UP
- 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.
- Bernards, B. (2021). Sinophonic Detours in Colonial Burma: Ai Wu’s Transborder Counterpoetics of Trespass. 2 pp. 457-478.Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature. Vol. 18 (2),
- Bernards, B. (2021). Sinophone Meets Siamophone: Audio-Visual Intersubjectivity and Pirated Ethnicity in Midi Z’s Poor Folk and The Road to Mandalay. 3 pp. 1-21. London: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. Vol. 22 (3),
- Bernards, B. (2019). Mockumenting Migrant Workers: The Inter-Asian Hinterland of Eric Khoo’s No Day Off and My Magic. 2 pp. 297-332. Durham, NC / Duke University Press: positions: asia critique. Vol. 27 (2),
- Bernards, B. (2017). Reanimating Creolization through Pop Culture: Yasmin Ahmad’s Inter-Asian Audio-Visual Integration. 1 pp. 55-71.Asian Cinema. Vol. 28 (1),
- Bernards, B. (2014). From Diasporic Nationalism to Transcolonial Consciousness: Lao She’s Singaporean Satire, Little Po’s Birthday. 1 pp. 1-40. Columbus, OH: Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Vol. 26 (1),
- 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]. pp. 127-141. Kaohsiung: Zhongshan renwen xuebao [Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities]. Vol. 35,
- Bernards, B. (2013). “Beyond Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Recuperating Creolization in Postcolonial Sinophone Malaysian Literature”. 3 pp. 311-329. Melbourne, Victoria: Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 15 (3),
- USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2015-2016
- USC Dornsife General Education Teaching Award, Fall 2014
- EALC Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2019