Christopher Chien (he/him)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

2023 - 2025


PhD, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Honors BA, English Literature, University of Toronto, St. George


Chris Chien is an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Asian Studies at Simon Fraser University and a Postdoctoral Associate in Transnational Asian Studies at Tulane University. His first book project examines the continuities and disjunctures of the Cold War with today’s so-called "New Cold War" between the U.S. and China through a visual analysis of aesthetic commodities, infrastructure, and logistics across the transpacific. In positing an alternative to the New Cold War’s statist hyper-nationalism, this project draws from the radical coalition politics of 1970s-80s Black and Women of Color feminists to explore the possibility of global non-sovereign coalition through an examination of artistic production across Global Asia. His writing has appeared in Amerasia, The FunambulistThe Nation, and Jacobin. He is an organizer and editor with Lausan Collective.

Select Publications

 “‘A Ubiquity Made Visible’: Non-Sovereign Visuality, Plastic Flowers, and Labor in Cold War Hong Kong.” eds. Crystal Mun-Hye Baik and Wendy Cheng. Amerasia Journal 4, no. 2 (January 4, 2022).

Reorienting Resistance in Hong Kong: Leftism, Decoloniality, and Internationalism. eds. Wen Liu, JN Chien, Christina Chung, Ellie Tse. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

“Articulating The Struggle Against Both U.S. and China’s Imperialisms.” The Funambulist. Issue 39, January 2022.

“Why the New National Security Laws in Hong Kong Matter.” Jacobin. June 4, 2020.

“Discrimination Isn’t Helping to Contain the Coronavirus.” The Nation. February 7, 2020.

“The Hong Kong Card: Against the New Cold War,” The Abusable Past (Radical History Review). October 23, 2019.