Co-Directors

Michael Hathaway

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

BA (California, Santa Cruz), MA , PhD (Michigan)



Michael Hathaway is an associate professor of Anthropology and associate member of the School for International Studies. His first research project examined global environmentalism and the politics of indigeneity. This work was published as Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013). Michael's current ethnographic project examines issues of globalization, commodification, and the making of transnational science through a study of a newly created global commodity, the matsutake mushroom. This project is carried out by a collaborative team of researchers based in Canada and the US. They are tracing the social worlds fostered by this high-value wild mushroom in diverse social and physical settings such as British Columbia, the US Pacific Northwest, Northern Japan, and Southwest China.

Shuyu Kong
Professor, Department of Humanities
BA, MA (Peking University), PhD (UBC)

Shuyu Kong is a professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University. She taught at University of Alberta and University of Sydney before coming to SFU where she teaches Chinese literary and cultural studies and Asian Diaspora studies. Besides numerous articles in referred journals and book chapters, Shuyu is the author of two books Consuming Literature: Bestsellers and the Commercialization of Literary Production in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2005), and Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China (Routledge, 2014, 2017). She is also co-translator of Beijing Women (with Colin S. Hawes, Merwin Asia, 2014).

Shuyu’s current research projects include: the screening of foreign films in China in the late 1970s and 1980s; Taiwan literature and creative industry; the early modernization of Chinese arts in the first half of 20th century; and Chinese-language television in Canada. She is also interested in introducing Chinese classics to post-secondary liberal education curriculum.

Shuyu was visiting fellow/scholar or guest lecturer at College of Communication, National Chengchi University (2016), School of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University (2015), International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University (2013), School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia National University (2012), and School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011).

Steering Committee

Paul Crowe
Associate Professor, Department of Humanities & Asia-Canada Program
BA, MA (Calgary), MA, PhD (UBC)

Paul Crowe’s teaching and research focus is on Chinese culture and intellectual history. Part of his research concerns traditions of self-cultivation. His primary research sources are tenth to thirteenth century texts concerning inner alchemy in China. Such practices combined insights from Buddhist, and literati traditions in addition to those identified today as "Daoists." He also conducts research into the nature and history of contemporary Chinese cultural institutions in Canada and Hong Kong; specifically, those dedicated to Buddhist practice and those coalescing around spirit mediums.

Christine Kim
Associate Professor, Department of English
Co-director, Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research
BA, MA, PhD (York)

Christine’s teaching and research focus on Asian North American literature and theory, diaspora studies, and cultural studies. She is the author of The Minor Intimacies of Race (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and co-editor of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012). She has contributed chapters to essay collections on Asian Canadian literature and theatre and published articles in Interventions, Mosaic, Studies in Canadian Literature, and Journal of Intercultural Studies. Christine is co-director of SFU’s Institute of Transpacific Cultural Research. Currently she is working on a SSHRC funded book-length project on representations of North Korea, cultural fantasies, and Cold War legacies.

Helen Hok-Sze Leung
Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Co-director, Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research
BA (University of Oxford), MA, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Helen Hok-Sze Leung is a professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. She has published widely on queer and trans cinema and is the author of Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong (UBC Press, 2008) and Farewell My Concubine: A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010). She is a co-editor of the Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong UP) and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Chinese Cinemas (Routledge), Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke UP), Performance Matters (SFU) and Asian Visual Cultures (Amsterdam UP). Her current research projects include a study of queer media from sonic perspectives and a study of Vancouver as a transpacific film city.

Melek Ortabasi
Director and Associate Professor, World Literature Program
BA (University of California, Berkeley), MA, PhD (University of Washington)

Melek Ortabasi teaches modern literature, film, and the theory and practice of translation; she specializes in Japanese literature and culture. Her research interests include cultural studies, comparative folklore studies, children’s literature, and film and popular culture in contemporary Japan. Some of Dr. Ortabasi's articles have appeared in the books Japanese Visual Culture, A Century of Popular Culture in Japan, and the Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Her latest book, The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Asia Center. Her current research project is a comparative historiography on transnationalism and children's literature.

Irene Pang
Assistant Professor, School for International Studies
BA (Johns Hopkins), AM, PhD (Brown)

Irene Pang is a political sociologist who studies issues of labor, citizenship, and rights contestation in contemporary China and India. Her ongoing research examines how low-income internal migrant construction workers in Beijing and Delhi navigate relations with capital, the state, and civil society in their struggle to achieve substantive citizenship beyond its formal bureaucratic status. This work engages with and speaks to academic debates on precarious labor, civil society, and the dynamics of capitalism, and draws on ethnographic data collected from two years of fieldwork funded by the National Science Foundation (US), the ZEIT-Stiftung (Germany), as well as the Watson Institute and the Center for Contemporary South Asia at Brown University.

Lisa Shapiro
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
BA (Wesleyan University), PhD (University of Pittsburgh)

Lisa Shapiro is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research is focused on 17th and 18th century European philosophy. Her current research is focused on (a) accounts of the passions and their role in perception and knowledge in the works of thinkers such as Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, and Hume and (b) rehabilitating the works of European women philosophers of the period. In the latter regard she is Principal Investigator for a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant: New Narratives in the History of Philosophy, and is very much invested in diversifying the philosophical canon.

Rosalie L. Tung
Professor, The Ming and Stella Wong Professor of International Business, Beedie School of Business
BA (York), MBA, PhD (UBC), FRS(C), Fellow of the Academy of Management, Fellow of the Academy of International Business, Fellow of the British Academy of Management

Rosalie L. Tung completing a five-year term as vice-president, president and past president of the Academy of Management (2000–2005). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Management, and the Academy of International Business, she also won the 1998 Vancouver YWCA Woman of the Year award in Management, the Professions and Trades; in 1997 she won the American Society for Advanced Global Competitiveness Research Award. Rosalie joined SFU Business in 1991 after serving on the faculties of a number of American universities, including a Wisconsin Distinguished Professorship with the University of Wisconsin System and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting professor at universities around the world, including Harvard, and has served on the United Nations’ Task Force on Human Resource Management. Rosalie is also involved in management development and consulting activities around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys Chinese brush painting, and meditation.