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Workshop on Southeast Asian Sinophone Literature

September 23, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



This mini-workshop, co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the Chinese Program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, will bring together a celebrated authors and academic experts to discuss Southeast Asian Sinophone Literature.

3-4pm 黎紫書 Li Zishu will speak on “作为地方文学—马华文学的存在” (“The Existence of Malaysian Chinese Literature as a Form of Local Literature”). Professor Keren He will provide translation into English.
4-5pm Roundtable discussion on the Li Zishu’s talk and on Southeast Asian Sinophone Literature, with Professor EK Tan (Stony Brook University) and Professor Darwin Han-Lin Tsen (Syracuse University). Professor Robin Visser will moderate.

Undergraduate students seeking CLE credit for attending this event can register on Heel Life through the event page:

Speaker Profiles:Cover of the forthcoming book by Li Zishu, The Age of Goodbyes

Li Zishu


Li Zishu (黎紫書) (b. 1971) is one of the most prominent Chinese writers in Malaysia. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novels Worldly Land (流俗地) and The Age of Goodbyes (告別的年代), which won the China Times Open Book Award and is forthcoming in English translation with Feminist Press. She is the recipient of multiple Huazhong Literary Awards for Malaysian Chinese fiction, as well as numerous other prizes throughout the Chinese-speaking world.


E.K. Tan (陳榮強) is is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of English, and Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative and World Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He specializes in the intersection of Anglophone and Sinophone literature, cinema, and culture from Southeast Asia, postcolonial studies, diaspora studies, film theory, queer Asian studies, and world literature and cinema.

Darwin Han-Lin Tsen (程漢麟) is Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese and Program Coordinator for Chinese at Syracuse University. His fields of study include modern and contemporary Chinese and Japanese literature and culture, critical theory and literary theory, film, Asian and Eastern European postsocialism, as well as Asian American literature. He earned his doctorate in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University.


Keren He (何可人) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at UNC. Her current research focuses on how aging and suicide negotiated “the politics of life” in the Chinese-speaking world.

Robin Visser (魏若冰) is Associate Professor, Associate Chair & Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at UNC. Her research looks at modern Chinese literatures, visual culture, urban studies, and environmental studies, with her current project analyzing relational ontologies within Sinophone eco-literature.


September 23, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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