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Dr. Christopher B. Patterson

Assistant Professor

Office: RRS 623

Tel: 3411 2843

Email: cbpatter@hkbu.edu.hk

Christopher B. Patterson (Ph.D., U of Washington) teaches and researches cultural studies, literature, video games, digital humanities, and creative writing, within and across the transpacific. Before arriving at HKBU, he worked as an Assistant Professor in Nanjing, China, and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His articles have appeared in American QuarterlyGames and CultureM.E.L.U.S. (Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States) and the anthologies Global Asian American Popular Cultures (NYU Press) and Queer Sex Work (Routledge). He writes book reviews for Asiatic and M.E.L.U.S., and is on the editorial board for Games and Culture. He hosts the podcast New Books in Asian American Studies, and spent two years as a program director for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. His fiction, published under his alter ego Kawika Guillermo, has appeared in Feminist StudiesThe Hawai’i Pacific ReviewDrunken Boat and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond. He writes monthly articles for Drunken Boat and decomP Magazine, where he serves as the Prose Editor. 

Teaching Areas: cultural studies, media studies, creative writing, genre fiction, ethnic and race theory, queer theory, Asian American studies, diaspora and postcolonial studies, and video games.

2007-2015 “Stamped: Notes of an Itinerant Artist.” Creative Writing Project / Novel.

2009-2015 “Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific.” Dissertation at University of Washington and book-length monograph.

2015-Current “Open World Empire: The Cultural Politics of Interactivity.” Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University.

2015-Current “All Flowers Bloom.” Creative Writing Project / Novel.


Patterson, Christopher B. Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. [Forthcoming March 2018]

Book Chapters

Patterson, Christopher B. “Asian Americans and Video Games” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming 2018]

Patterson, Christopher B, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Weihsin Gui and Y-Dang Troeung. “The Obscure Anglophone: Literature in English from Southeast Asia,” Companion to English in Asia. Blackwell Press. [Forthcoming 2018]

Patterson, Christopher B. “Matronly Maids and Willful Women: Migrant Domestic Workers in the Plural” in The Subject(s) of Human Rights. Eds. Cathy Schlund-Vials et al. Temple University P. [Forthcoming 2018].

Patterson, Christopher B. “Diaspora and its Others: The Woman Warrior and Southeast Asian Diasporic Literature” Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston. Eds Linda Trinh Moser. Salem Press. (Oct 2016): 158-172.

Patterson, Christopher B. “Making Whales out of Peacocks: Virtual Fashion, Factory Work, and the Logic of Distance.” Global Asian American Popular Cultures. Eds. Shilpa Dave, LeiLani Nishime, Tasha Oren. New York University Press (2016): 321-334.

Patterson, Christopher B. “Beyond the Stigma: The Asian Sex Worker as First-world Savior.” Queer Sex Work. Eds. Nicola Smith, Mary Laing and Katy Pilcher. Routledge Press (March 1 2015): 53-63.

Refereed Journal Articles

Patterson, Christopher B. “How to Drown: Bilingual Creative Writers in a Sea of Meanings.” TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Ed. Sanaz Fotouhi and Sally Breen. [Forthcoming 2018]

Patterson, Christopher B. “Heroes of the Open (Third) World: Killing as Pleasure in Ubisoft’s Far Cry Series” American Quarterly. 68.3. (September 2016): 769-792.

Patterson, Christopher B. and Troeung, Y-Dang. “Asian Diasporic Speculative Fiction: Queering Memory, Reproduction, and the Logic of Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. 42.1 (March 2016): 73-98.

 Patterson, Christopher B. “Role-playing the Multiculturalist Umpire: Loyalty and War in BioWare’s Mass Effect Series.” Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media. 10.3 (2015): 207-228.

Patterson, Christopher B. “The Filipino American in Spaces of Liberal Tolerance: Satire and Reciprocity in Peter Bacho’s Cebu.” Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States (Melus). 39.1 (2014): 149-172.

Patterson, Christopher B. “Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Belonging, and Affective Labor: Han Ong's Fixer Chao and the Disinherited.” WorkingUSA. 15.1 (2012): 87-102. Print.

Patterson, Christopher B. “The Global Imaginary: Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch and Spaces of Global Belonging.” MANUSYA: Journal of Humanities, 18. (2011): 49-69. Print.

Short Fiction (as Kawika Guillermo)

“That Sarcastic 90s Mando-Pop.” The Cimarron Review. Forthcoming Spring 2018.

“Don’t Proceed.” The Kartika Review. Issue 19. August  2017.

“The Grand Mediterranean Pleasure Cruise.” Crack the Spine. Issue 205, Dec 21 2016.

“Just to Spite the Recession.” Word Riot. 22 Oct 2016.

“Love Is in the Blood.” Marked by Scorn: Non-traditional relationships Solarwyrm Press. 2016.

“The Bear.” LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Science Fiction. 2016.

“Libido Ergo Sum.” Feminist Studies. 41.2 (2015): 463-475. Print.

“Red is the Color.” Tayo Literary Magazine. Print/Web. Fall 2015.

“Brown in Singapore.” Flash: The International Short Story Magazine. December 2014.

“Wretched.” Drunken Boat. Issue #20. December 17, 2014.

“Playing the Part” and “Not a Roots Story.” Dead Ink. Web. December 2014.

“Leaving the Womb.” Hawai’i Pacific Review. Print/Web. June 2014.

“The Imperialist’s Salon.” Open Road Review. Web. June 2014.

“The Fog.” The Quotable. Web. June 2014.

“Stories About Traveling in the Philippines With Little Understanding” Dead Ink. November 2014.

“No Name Islands.” In Amok: Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction. Solarwyrm. Print/Web. May 2014.

“A Travel Blog.” Anak Sastra. Web. January 31, 2014.

“The Hole.” Birkensnake: Wild Conformations. Denver, CO: Birkensnake. Nov. 2013. Print/Web.

“Bored.” Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction. Vol 1 Issue 2. Web. September 2013.

“A Scattering of Earth.” Cliterature. Vol XXVIII. June, 2013. Web.

“What Fell Beneath the Tracks.” Liars' League Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Liars'. Web. June 2013.

“Grace and Jenny Are Punk Rockers.” Scissors & Spackle. Los Angeles, Jan. 2013. Web.

“How Prejudiced.” Litro Magazine. London: Litro. Jan. 2013. Print and Web.

 “Bored.” JMWW. Winter 2014. Web. January 2014.

“The Last of Its Kind.” Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Ed. Bill Campbell. 2014.

“Strange Gifts.” DecomP: A Literary Magazine. Ohio: DecomP, Nov. 2012.

“Bangles and Coconuts.” You Are Here. Tucson: University of Arizona, Sept. 2012: 91-104. Print.

“The Reunion.” Smokelong Quarterly. Smokelong, April 2012.

“The Five Habits of Miserable People.” Untoward. Chicago: Wordpress, March 2012. Web.

“The Tourist's Gaze.” Contemporary Literature Review: India. CLRI, February 2012. Web.

“Initiation.” Mobius: Journal of Social Change. Madison: Mobius, February 2012. Web.

“Never Let Your Enemy Be Above You” Annalemma. Annalemma, October 2011. Web.

“Crazies.” Pyrta. Meghalaya, India: Pyrta, August 2011. Web.

“A Tourist's Gaze.” MiCrow. Full of Crow, January 2012. Web.

“Learning to Love.” Riverbabble. Riverbabble, June 2011. Web.

“Seattle Freeze.” The Monarch Review. Seattle: City Arts, April 2011. Web.

“Products.” Unlikely 2.0. Unlikely Stories, March 2011. Web.

“Oppressed.” Houston Literary Review. Houston: Houston, January 2011. Web.

“L.A.S.V.E.G.A.S.” Danse Macabre. Las Vegas: Lazarus Media, October 2010. Web.  

“Wildcard.” Hando No Kuzushi. New York: Blogspot, Sept 2010. Web.

“Barren.” Phantom Seed. Palm Springs: Phantom Seed Pub. September 2010: 81-97. Print. 

“Ode to Sanctuary.” Sanctuary. Las Vegas: September 2008. Film.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Centre for Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2016.


Global Faculty Research and Creativity Grant, New York Institute of Technology, Two Awards, 2014 and 2015. $2,500 USD each


Global Academic Program Research Grant, New York Institute of Technology. Won in April 2014, Dec. 2014, and April 2015. $2,000 each


Graduate Grant for Minority and Low Income Students, U of Washington. Six awards, 2009-2014. $5,000-$8,000 USD each


Asian American Studies Research Grant, Simpson Center, U of Washington. Four awards, 2009 – 2012. $1,000-$3,000 USD each