Caroline Kyungah Hong

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Associate Professor
Project Director, Queens College AANAPISI Project (QCAP)
Klapper Hall, Room 636

You can find my short CV here (updated October 2022)

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in 20th- and 21st-century Asian American literatures and cultures. I write about and have published articles on Asian American fiction, comics, and pop culture. My first book project is a study of Asian American comedy, tentatively titled Funny Asians, which will hopefully be published in 2024.

In addition to my academic work, I sometimes do public scholarship, giving talks and doing interviews on content and issues related to Asian Americans.

Teaching Interests

I regularly teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Asian American literature (ENGL 369, 733, 781), as well as on multiethnic comics/graphic narratives (ENGL 391W, 640, 781), pop culture (ENGL 391W, 399W), comedy and satire (ENGL 390, 781), introductions to literary study (ENGL 170W), and the arts in NYC (HNRS 125).

I’m excited to work with students who are interested in Asian American literatures and cultures, critical race and ethnic studies, comics studies, comedy and humor studies, and/or pop culture!

Selected Publications
Articles and Book Chapters

“‘1971: Aiiieeeee! Hotel’ and Asian American Literary History.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita, edited by Ruth Y. Hsu and Pamela Thoma, Modern Language Association of America, 2021, pp. 65–70.

“Postmemory and the Imaginative Work of Those Who Come After.” Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 48, nos. 1–2, 2020, pp. 129–32.

“Comedy, Humor, and Asian American Representation.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

“Teaching History through and as Asian/American Popular Culture in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints.” Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multi-Ethnic Graphic Narrative, edited by Martha J. Cutter and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, University of Georgia Press, 2018, pp. 61–86.

“Asian American Comedy and Humor,” “Asian Americans on Television,” and “The Internet and Asian Americans” (encyclopedia entries). Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms, edited by Lan Dong, Greenwood, 2016, pp. 222–29, 614–20, 360–63.

“Disorienting the Vietnam War: GB Tran’s Vietnamerica as Transnational and Transhistorical Graphic Memoir.” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, vol. 5, 2014,

Review of David Gillota’s Ethnic Humor in Multiethnic America. Studies in American Humor, no. 29, 2014, pp. 109–11.

Co-authored with Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Sharon Tang-Quan. “‘You Should Not Be Invisible’: An Interview with Mitsuye Yamada.” Contemporary Women’s Writing, vol. 8, no. 1, 2014, pp. 1–16,

Co-authored with Anne Cong-Huyen. “Teaching Asian American Graphic Narratives in a ‘Post-Race’ Era.” Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice, edited by Lan Dong, McFarland, 2012, pp. 80–93.

“The Networks of Transnational American Studies.” Journal of Transnational American Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2011,

Public Scholarship

Always Be My Maybe and the Continuing History of Asian American Comedy,” The Takeaway radio program and podcast, WNYC Studios, June 6, 2019.