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. His first academic book, Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific (Rutgers University Press, 2018), 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 second academic book, Open World Empire: Race, Erotics, and the Global Rise of Video Games (New York University Press, 2020), sees video games as an artistic expression of global empire by playing them erotically and as Asiatic commodities. His articles have appeared in venues such as Cultural Studies, American Quarterly, and many others.

Chris received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 2013. Before coming to UBC in 2018, he worked as an Assistant Professor of English at the New York Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China, as a post-doctoral scholar at Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Cultural Studies Program, and as an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing in Hong Kong Baptist University. From 2009-2013 he was a lead organizer for the Asian American Studies Research Collective in Seattle, and from 2011-2013 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 writes fiction under his pseudonym Kawika Guillermo, and is the author of Stamped: an anti-travel novel (Westphalia Press, 2018), and the queer speculative novel All Flowers Bloom (Westphalia Press, 2020). He serves as the current editor-in-chief of decomp journal.

“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)

Selected Publications


Journal articles and editorials

Patterson, Christopher B. “Queer, Brown, Migrant: Documenting the Hong Kong ‘Helper.’” Cultural Studies. Ed. John Erni, Audrey Yue, and Fran Martin. [Forthcoming 2019]

Patterson, Christopher B. “How to Drown: Bilingual Creative Writers in a Sea of Meanings.” TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Ed. Sanaz Fotouhi and Sally Breen. 47 (Oct 2017): 1-11.

Patterson, Christopher B. “Heroes of the Open (Third) World: Killing as Pleasure in Ubisoft’s Far Cry Series” American Quarterly. 68.3. (September 2016): 769-792.

Patterson, Christopher B. and Troeung, Y-Dang. “The Psyche of Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Queering Memory and Reproduction in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. 42.1 (March 2016): 73-98.


Books and edited collections

Patterson, Christopher B. Open World Empire: Race and the Erotics of Video Games. New York University Press.

Guillermo, Kawika. All Flowers Bloom: a novel. Westphalia Press.

Patterson, Christopher B. Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific. Rutgers University Press, March 2018.

Guillermo, Kawika. Stamped: an anti-travel novel. Westphalia Press, August 2018.


Book chapters

Patterson, Christopher B. “What is Asian America to Asia?: Two Transpacific Episodes.” Asian American Literature in Transition. Eds. Betsy Huang and Victor Mendoza. Cambridge University Press. [Forthcoming Fall 2019]

Patterson, Christopher B, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Weihsin Gui and Y-Dang Troeung. “The Obscure Anglophone: Literature in English from Southeast Asia,” Companion to English in Asia. Blackwell Press. [Forthcoming Fall 2019]

Patterson, Christopher B. “Matronly Maids and Willful Women: Migrant Domestic Workers in the Plural” in The Subject(s) of Human Rights. Eds. Cathy Schlund-Vials et al. Temple University P. [Forthcoming 2019].

Patterson, Christopher B. “Asian Americans and Digital Games” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Oxford University Press. July 2018.