Full-Time Faculty

Patricia Chu

Email — pattychu@gwu.edu

Office —  ROME 750


Ph.D. in English literature, Cornell University,1993
M.A. in English literature,
Cornell University, 1989


Research Interests:

Patricia Pei-chang Chu teaches courses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, women’s autobiography, and contemporary American literature. She is interested in the ways Asian American writers claim subjectivity and citizenship through writing. Her current work concerns narratives of “return,” representations of diasporic subjects’ journeys to their or the ancestors’ Asian homelands.


Assimilating Asians: Gendered Strategies of Authorship in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2000).

Other Publications:

“Asian American Narratives of Return: Nisei Representations of Prewar and Wartime Japan.” Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Critical Intersections, ed. Rocio G. Davis, Jaume Aurell, and Ana Beatriz Delgado. Muenster, Germany: LIT-Verlag, forthcoming in 2007.


“’A Flame Against a Sleeping Lake of Petrol’: Sympathy and the Expatriate Witness in Selvadurai’s Funny Boy and Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.” Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Literary Discourse. Ed. Rocio Davis and Sue-Im Lee. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2006. 86-103.


“ 'To Hide Her True Self’: Sentimentality and the Search for an Intersubjective Self in Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman. ” Asian North American Identities Beyond the Hyphen. Ed. Eleanor Ty and Donald Goellnicht. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004. 61-83.


“Is It Okay to Laugh Now? A Response to ‘Roots and Wings’ and ‘The Future of Korean American Literature.” One Hundred Years of Korean Literature, ed. Young-Key Kim-Renaud, R. Richard Grinker, and Kirk W. Larsen, Sigur Center Asia Papers No. 20. Washington, DC: George Washington University: 2004: 37-43. Commissioned conference proceedings.


“’The Invisible World the Emigrants Built’: Cultural Self-Inscription and the Anti-Romantic Plots of The Woman Warrior.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 2:1 (Spring 1992): 96-115. www.UTPJournals.com. Electronic reprint from Diaspora.