Caroline Kyungah Hong

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Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies  
Klapper Hall, Room 604  

CV (updated July 2020)

Research and Teaching Interests

Asian American literature and culture; comedy and humor studies; comics and graphic narratives; race and popular culture; critical ethnic studies; gender and sexuality studies; American studies

Recent Classes Taught

English 170W: Introduction to Literary Studies
English 369: Asian American Literature
English 390: Comedy and Satire
English 391W: Senior Seminar: Asian American Graphic Narratives
English 391W: Senior Seminar: Asian Americans in Popular Culture
English 399W: English Honors Seminar: The Power of the Popular (or, All Our Faves Are Problematic)
English 781: Multiethnic Graphic Narratives
English 781: Asian American Literatures of the 21st Century
English 781: Laughing Matters: Asian American Comedy and Humor
Honors 125: The Arts in New York City

Book Project

Funny Asians: Comedy and Humor in Asian American Literary and Popular Culture (under contract with Rutgers University Press)

Selected Publications
Articles and Book Chapters

“Postmemory and the Imaginative Work of Those Who Come After.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 48.1–2 (2020).

“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. Ed. Martha J. Cutter and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2018. 61-86.

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

Coauthored with Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Sharon Tang-Quan. “’You Should Not Be Invisible’: An Interview with Mitsuye Yamada.” Contemporary Women’s Writing 7.2 (2013),

Coauthored 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. Ed. Lan Dong. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 80-93.

“The Networks of Transnational American Studies.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.1 (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.