Hao Jun Tam (Howie)
Hao Jun Tam (Howie) is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Penn. His dissertation entitled “Rewriting Vietnam: Forms of Nationhood in Diasporic Literature" takes the global Vietnamese diaspora as its vantage point and reopens issues of Vietnamese nationhood and state formation often neglected in popular and academic discourses. The diasporic consciousness under consideration animates a set of multilingual texts that Tam's dissertation gathers into a coherent corpus. Studying novels by Vietnamese refugee writers based in the U.S. and France as well as works by the "new diasporics" of globalized Vietnam, the project demonstrates how this literature theorizes postcolonial national belonging and renunciation beyond the frame of the territorial state. "Rewriting Vietnam" therefore aims to advance critical refugee studies beyond the its current U.S. purview into a postcolonial critique of the global nation-state paradigm. Tam has contributed book reviews to the Journal of Vietnamese Studies and the Journal of Asian American Studies. His article on diasporic literary revisions of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, is forthcoming in the journal American Literature.