Frances Tran

Co-founder of Emergentia


  • Bachelor of Arts, Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, CUNY; expected May 2010
  • Attending English PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center; beginning August 2010

Research Interests: early American fiction, ethnic and race studies, globalization, transnationalism, hemispheric studies, postmodernism, contemporary American and Asian American literature

Current Projects:

  • “David Hwang’s Metamorphosis of Madama Butterfly: Critiquing Orientalist Fancy and Building Bridges Towards Cultural Understanding”
  • “Reemerging Histories: Destabilizing Normative Models of Kinship, Identity, and Nationality in Gish Jen’s The Love Wife
  • “Slipping Between the ‘Magical Real’ and the ‘Science-Fictional’ in the Globalized World of Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange
  • “Circum-Atlantic Capitalism, Correspondence and the Question of Cultural Cohesion in Martha Meredith Read’s Margaretta



Twitter: ftran100

Sharon Tran

Co-founder of Emergentia


  • Bachelor of Arts, Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, CUNY; expected May 2010
  • Attending English PhD Program at UCLA; beginning August 2010

Research Interests: contemporary American literature (20-21st century), Asian American literature, race and cultural studies, postcolonialism, globalization, transnationalism and diaspora, capitalism, political theory

Current Projects:

  • “Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt: Unsanctioned (Hi)stories of Love Caught in the Circuits of Global Capitalism”
  • “Re-imagining Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker through the National Politics of Global Capitalism”
  • Representations of cyberspace, avatars, race and techno-orientalism in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and their implications in current conceptions of global media technologies and post-race discourse, paper as yet untitled
  • Examining depictions of the Haitian Revolution, colonialism, gender relations, and “unhomeliness” (from Homi K. Bhabha) in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo, paper as yet untitled
  • Exploring Nina Revoyr’sSouthland through bell hooks’ theoretical framework of “loving blackness,” particularly the political potential of the love, the interethnic solidarity between members of the Los Angeles Black and Japanese American communities in the novel.



Twitter: stran100


Christopher Eng

Contributing Author


  • Bachelor of Arts, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY; expected May 2010
  • Attending English PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center; beginning August 2010

Research Interests: Asian American literature, women’s literature, queer studies, feminist studies, social geographies, race and cultural theory, diaspora, educational theory, fat studies, disability studies, social organizing

Research Projects:

  • Desires of the Antiheroine: Rewriting the Twentieth-Century Chinese Grand Narrative
  • (Per/Con)Forming Identities: Reimagining Queer Communities in Passing and The House of Mirth
  • Resisting the”Lewd and Debauched” Prostitute: Negotiating Chinese Female Identity in the U.S., 1849-1924


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