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Hao Jun Tam (Howie)

Hao Jun Tam (Howie)

Ph.D. Candidate, Fontaine Society Fellow


2019 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Josephine Park
"Rewriting Vietnam: Forms of Nationhood in Diasporic Literature"

Research Associate (Postdoc) at Dartmouth College, 2019–20

Howie Tam earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation "Rewriting Vietnam: Forms of Nationhood in Diasporic Literature," takes the global Vietnamese diaspora as its vantage point to reopen issues of Vietnamese nationhood and state formation. Vietnamese diasporic consciousness animates a trilingual set of texts that Tam's dissertation gathers into a coherent corpus in his own translation. 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 of migration theorizes postcolonial national belonging beyond the frame of the territorial state. "Rewriting Vietnam" therefore advances critical refugee studies beyond the its current U.S. purview into a postcolonial critique of the nation-state paradigm. Committed to intersectional analysis, the project also aims to show the complex ways historical, material, and geopolitical forces express themselves through problems of race, gender, sexuality, and class. 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, appeared in the June 2019 issue of American Literature.

Courses Taught

fall 2016

spring 2015

ENGL 104.409 The Twentieth Century