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Bernards, Brian

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Information
Assistant Professor
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
College of Letters Arts and Sciences
Office: THH 356P
Phone: (213) 740-3706

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D, Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • M.A., Chinese Literature, Columbia University, 2005
  • B.A., University of Washington, 2002
  • Visiting Scholar, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2008-09

Other Study

  • Visiting Scholar, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2008-09
  • Advanced Study of Thai Program, Chiang Mai University, Summer 2001
  • Chinese Language Program, Sichuan University, 1998-99

Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Modern Chinese and Southeast Asian literature and cinema, transnational Sinophone and Sinitic-language cultural studies, and postcolonial studies. Current manuscript project examines the colonial and postcolonial formation of the Nanyang, the “South Seas,” as a transnational and translingual literary trope in the modern literatures of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Research Specialities
Modern Chinese and Southeast Asian literature adn cinema, Sinophone studies, postcolonial studies

Funded Research
Contracts and Grants Awarded

  • Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship (SSRC InterAsia Program), Brian Bernards, $30,000, 02/2016-07/2017
  • Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar), Brian Bernards, Duncan Williams and Velina HAsu Houston, $175,000, 2013-2014


  • Bernards, Brian. (2015). Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  • Bernards, Brian, Shu-mei Shih, and Chien-hsin Tsai (Ed.). (2013). Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader. New York: Columbia University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Bernards, B. (2016). Malaysia As Method: Xiao Hei and Ethnolinguistic Literary Taxonomy. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature pp. 811-831. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Oxford UP
  • Bernards, B. (2013). "Plantation and Rainforest: Chang Kuei-hsing and a South Seas Discourse of Coloniality and Nature". Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader pp. 325-338. New York: Columbia University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Bernards, B. (2014). From Diasporic Nationalism to Transcolonial Consciousness: Lao She's Singaporean Satire, Little Po's Birthday. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Vol. 26 (1), pp. 1-40.
  • Bernards, B. (2013). "Shuangxiang de hunzaxing: lun lengzhan shiqi Tai Hua xiaoshuo zhong de 'Taihua'" [Bidirectional Hybridity: "Thaification" in Cold War-Era Sinophone Thai Fiction]. Zhongshan renwen xuebao [Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities]. Vol. 35, pp. 127-141.
  • Bernards, B. (2013). "Beyond Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Recuperating Creolization in Postcolonial Sinophone Malaysian Literature". Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 15 (3), pp. 311-329.

New Courses Developed

  • ARLT 100g, 105g: Southeast Asian Literature and Film, Arts and Letters, 2011-  
  • EALC 380: Transnational Chinese Literatures, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Spring 2013   
  • EALC 530: Race, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism in East Asia, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Spring 2013   
  • EALC 150g: Global Chinese Cinema and Cultural Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Fall 2012   

Honors and Awards

  • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Dornsife General Education Teaching Award, Fall 2014
  • UCLA Asia Institute Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011   
  • Fulbright Award, Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, 2008-2009   
  • University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Grant, 2008-2009 


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.