Biography

Christopher B. Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on transpacific discourses of literature, games, and films through the lens of empire studies, queer theory and creative writing. He is the author of Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific (Rutgers University Press, 2018), which examines Southeast Asian diasporic novels focusing on queer migrants, those who resist ethnic stereotypes, and those who feel few ties to their ostensible homelands. His articles have appeared in venues such as American Quarterly, Games and Culture, M.E.L.U.S. (Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States) and the anthologies Global Asian American Popular Cultures (NYU Press) and Queer Sex Work (Routledge).

Chris received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 2013. He then worked for two years in Nanjing, China, as an Assistant Professor of English at the New York Institute of Technology, then for six months as a post-doctoral scholar at Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Cultural Studies Program, and then for two years as an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing in Hong Kong Baptist University, before coming to UBC in 2018. From 2009-2013 he was a lead organizer for the Asian American Studies Research Collective in Seattle, and from 2012-2013 he was a program director and grant writer for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF). In 2013 he founded the podcast New Books in Asian American Studies and has remained a co-host.

Chris also writes fiction under his pseudonym Kawika Guillermo, and is the author of Stamped: an anti-travel novel (Westphalia Press, 2018), which follows a gang of American rejects who seek power and belonging in Asia. He has published over 30 short stories, which have appeared in The Cimarron Review, Feminist Studies, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Drunken Boat, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond, and other venues. He writes bimonthly blogs for Anomaly Magazine and serves as the Prose Editor of DecomP Magazine.

“Open World Empire: Race, and the Erotics of Video games.” Academic project merging Queer Theory, Game Studies, and Transpacific Studies. (2013-Present)

“All Flowers Bloom.” Speculative Fiction novel. (2016-Present)

“Domesticating Brown.” Academic Project focusing on narratives of Southeast Asian domestic workers and other migrants. (2017-Present)