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Lily M Cho

Department of English

Associate Professor
 
Office: Stong College, 353
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22144
Emaillilycho@yorku.ca
 
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My research focuses on diasporic subjectivity within the fields of cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and Asian North American and Canadian literature. My book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada , examines the relationship between Chinese restaurants and Canadian culture. I am currently conducting research on a set of Chinese Canadian head tax certificates known as "C.I. 9's." These certificates mark one of the first uses of identification photography in Canada. Drawing from this archive, my research explores the relationship between citizenship, photography, and anticipation as a mode of agency. I am a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar. I am also co-editor, with Jody Berland, of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies .

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All Publications

Books

Human Rights and the Arts: Essays on Global Asia. Co-edited with Susan Henders. Forthcoming in the book series Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory, Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P. Under contract for publication, fall 2014.

Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010.

Book Chapters

“The Passport.” Handbook of Mobilities. Eds. Peter Adey, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, and Mimi Sheller. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2014. 335-344.

"Anticipating Citizenship: Chinese Head Tax Photographs." Feeling Photography. Eds. Elspeth Brown & Thy Phu. Durham: Duke UP, forthcoming 2014. 159-180.

"Redress Revisited: Citizenship and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax." Reconciling Canada: Historical Injustices and the Contemporary Culture of Redress. Eds. Jennifer Henderson & Pauline Wakeham. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 87-99.

"Underwater Signposts: Richard Fung's Islands and Enabling Nostalgia." Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity in Canada. Eds. Sophie McCall, Christine Kim and Melina Baum Singer. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. 191-205.

"Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature." Trans.Can-Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature. Eds. Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007. 93-109. This essay will also be translated into Polish and published in Canadian Literary and Cultural Discourses and the Concept of Nationhood: Constructing / Deconstructing Canadianness edited by Eugenia Sojka and Miroslawa Buchholtz and funded by the ICCS.

"Serving Chinese and Canadian Food: Diasporic Agency and the Time of the Menu." Culture and Transnationalism: Film, Writing and Society. Eds. Philip Holden and Maria Ng. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2006. 37-62.

"'How taste remembers life': Diasporic Memory and Community in Fred Wah's Diamond Grill." Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures in English. Eds. Tseen Khoo and Kam Louie. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2005.81-106.

Journal Articles

“Intimacy Among Strangers: Anticipating Citizenship in Chinese Head Tax Photographs.” Interventions 15.1, special issue on“Postcolonial Intimacies” (2013): 10-23.

"Citizenship and the Bonds of Affect: the Passport Photograph." Photography and Culture 2.3 (2009): 275-287.

"Asian Canadian Futures: Indenture Routes and Diasporic Passages." Canadian Literature 199 (2008): 181-201.

"Future Perfect Loss: Richard Fung's Sea in the Blood." Screen 49.4 (2008): 426-439.

"The Diasporic Turn: Diaspora as a Condition of Subjectivity." Topia 17, special issue on "Diaspora" (2007): 11-30.

"Dislocations and Diaspora: Reading Evelyn Lau's Choose Me." Studies in Canadian Literature 32.1 (2007): 173-192.

“Rereading Head Tax Racism: Redress, Stereotype and Anti-racist Critical Practice.” Essays on Canadian Writing 75 (2002): 62-84.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN2220 6.0  Canadian Literature LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN4130 6.0  The Short Story SEMR Course Website 


My research focuses on diasporic subjectivity within the fields of cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and Asian North American and Canadian literature. My book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada , examines the relationship between Chinese restaurants and Canadian culture. I am currently conducting research on a set of Chinese Canadian head tax certificates known as "C.I. 9's." These certificates mark one of the first uses of identification photography in Canada. Drawing from this archive, my research explores the relationship between citizenship, photography, and anticipation as a mode of agency. I am a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar. I am also co-editor, with Jody Berland, of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies .



Degrees

Ph.D., University of Alberta
M.A., Queen's University
B.A., University of Alberta

All Publications

Books

Human Rights and the Arts: Essays on Global Asia. Co-edited with Susan Henders. Forthcoming in the book series Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory, Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P. Under contract for publication, fall 2014.

Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010.

Book Chapters

“The Passport.” Handbook of Mobilities. Eds. Peter Adey, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, and Mimi Sheller. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2014. 335-344.

"Anticipating Citizenship: Chinese Head Tax Photographs." Feeling Photography. Eds. Elspeth Brown & Thy Phu. Durham: Duke UP, forthcoming 2014. 159-180.

"Redress Revisited: Citizenship and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax." Reconciling Canada: Historical Injustices and the Contemporary Culture of Redress. Eds. Jennifer Henderson & Pauline Wakeham. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 87-99.

"Underwater Signposts: Richard Fung's Islands and Enabling Nostalgia." Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity in Canada. Eds. Sophie McCall, Christine Kim and Melina Baum Singer. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. 191-205.

"Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature." Trans.Can-Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature. Eds. Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007. 93-109. This essay will also be translated into Polish and published in Canadian Literary and Cultural Discourses and the Concept of Nationhood: Constructing / Deconstructing Canadianness edited by Eugenia Sojka and Miroslawa Buchholtz and funded by the ICCS.

"Serving Chinese and Canadian Food: Diasporic Agency and the Time of the Menu." Culture and Transnationalism: Film, Writing and Society. Eds. Philip Holden and Maria Ng. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2006. 37-62.

"'How taste remembers life': Diasporic Memory and Community in Fred Wah's Diamond Grill." Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures in English. Eds. Tseen Khoo and Kam Louie. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2005.81-106.

Journal Articles

“Intimacy Among Strangers: Anticipating Citizenship in Chinese Head Tax Photographs.” Interventions 15.1, special issue on“Postcolonial Intimacies” (2013): 10-23.

"Citizenship and the Bonds of Affect: the Passport Photograph." Photography and Culture 2.3 (2009): 275-287.

"Asian Canadian Futures: Indenture Routes and Diasporic Passages." Canadian Literature 199 (2008): 181-201.

"Future Perfect Loss: Richard Fung's Sea in the Blood." Screen 49.4 (2008): 426-439.

"The Diasporic Turn: Diaspora as a Condition of Subjectivity." Topia 17, special issue on "Diaspora" (2007): 11-30.

"Dislocations and Diaspora: Reading Evelyn Lau's Choose Me." Studies in Canadian Literature 32.1 (2007): 173-192.

“Rereading Head Tax Racism: Redress, Stereotype and Anti-racist Critical Practice.” Essays on Canadian Writing 75 (2002): 62-84.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN2220 6.0  Canadian Literature LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN4130 6.0  The Short Story SEMR Course Website