Ling, Jinqi


Kaplan 216
Tel: 310.206.5412 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



Ph.D 1992, Washington State University

M.A. 1982, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China.



Critical theory; Asian American literature; genre studies; periodization; representational concerns that intersect realism and modernism/postmodernism.

Additional Information

Jinqi Ling’s teaching and research focus on Asian American literary studies as a discourse constructed out of its engagement with and articulation through a specific set of historical contingencies. He is particularly interested in exploring the referential function of this literature, as well as the conditions of its production and reception open to symptomatic reading and possibilities of ideological transcoding of textual signs. His research method is chiefly informed by versions of Russian Formalism that emphasize the cognitive dimension of language, historicized aesthetics, means of representation, and formally motivated cultural criticism.



  • Asian American Literature: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press, forthcoming.
  • “Asian American Short Fiction and the Contingencies of Form, 1930s to 1960s.” In The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, edited by Rajini Srikanth and Min Hyoung Song, 187-202. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “Speculative Fiction.” In The Routledge Companion to Asian American Literature, edited by Rachel Lee, 497-508. New York: Routledge Press, 2014.
  • Across Meridians: History and Figuration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Transnational Novels. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012.
  • “Forging a North-South Perspective: Nikkei Migration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Novels.” Amerasia Journal 32.2 (2006): 1-22.
  • No-No Boy, by John Okada.” In A Resource Guide to Asian American Literature, edited by Stephen H. Sumida and Sau-ling C. Wong, 140-150. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2011.
  • Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • “Identity Crisis and Gender politics: Reappropriating Asian American Masculinity.” In An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature, edited by King-Kok Cheung, 312-337. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • “Reading for Historical Specificities: Gender Negotiations in Louis Chu’s Eat A Bowl of Tea.” MELUS 20.1 (Spring 1995): 35-51.
  • “Race, Power, and Cultural Politics in John Okada’s No-No Boy.” American Literature 67.2 (1995): 359-81.

Interest Areas
• Asian American Literature & Culture