Dr. Anne-Marie Lee-Loy’s research and teaching interest emerge from her background in postcolonial studies. Her work focuses primarily on questions pertaining to representations of minority diasporic populations in relation to the construction of cultural identities. She has taught a wide range of courses at Ryerson that have been informed by postcolonial issues and approaches, including immigrant writing, the Canadian short story, Asian literatures and cultures, diasporic modernities and, of course, postcolonial literatures. Her research and publications examine representations of the Chinese in the Caribbean, increasingly within the broader context of Asians in the Americas, and can be found in journals such as Asian Studies Review, Journal of Chinese Overseas, Caribbean Studies and Anthurium. Her monograph, Searching for Mr. Chin: Constructions of Nation and the Chinese in West Indian Literature (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010) won the 2011 Gordon K and Sybil Lewis Book Prize (Caribbean Studies Association) for best monograph. She co-organized the SSHRC supported international conference “Counter Cultures: The Space and Place of the Chinese Shop International Conference” held at Ryerson University, 24 – 26 July 2011 and is currently developing an online network for scholars interested in Chinese shopkeeping as a motif around which to organize transnational dialogues on Chinese diasporic experiences.
postcolonial identities; diaspora; transnationalism; Chinese Caribbean experience; Caribbean Studies; Asians in the Americas; Yellow Peril discourse; hemispheric Asian American studies; overseas Chinese.