Nic Wong received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. At the Society of Fellows, his book project examines archival practices and how these shape modern Southeast Asian Chinese writing. Drawing on diaries, fictional memoirs, reportage, and philological fiction from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan, he reveals the ways in which life-writing theorizes and historicizes the relationship between empire, nation-state, and diaspora, through its varied positions on minority subjects, and its innovative uses of literary tradition that transact the fields of history, politics, law, and translation. He develops new ideas on these minor literatures, exploring their authors’ ways of relating to state power, metropolitan literary societies, and world-historical events.
As a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow at the National Library Singapore in 2018, he conducted archival research into the Nanyang (South Seas) historian Hsu Yun-Tsiao’s diaries. His essays have appeared in CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews) and Chapters on Asia, published by the National Library Board Singapore. In addition, he has published two poetry chapbooks, Zero Copula (2015) and Sea Hypocrisy (2016), with small presses in Chicago and New York, as well as individual poems and review essays in Almost Island, Asymptote, Chicago Review, Full Stop Quarterly, and Lana Turner under the pen name Zhou Sivan.
2019. “Rights Talk in Hong Kong Cinema.” The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong.