Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin



Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1973

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Shirley Geok-Lin Lim is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1973, and has also taught at internationally, at the National University of Singapore, NIE of Nanyang Technological University, and most recently as Chair Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include Asian-American and post-colonial cultural productions and ethnic and feminist writing. She is the author of five books of poems; three books of short stories; two books of criticism: Nationalism and Literature (1993) and Writing South/East Asia in English: Against the Grain (1994); a book of memoirs, Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands (1996), and a novel, Joss and Gold (2001). She has served as editor/co-editor of numerous scholarly works, including The Forbidden Stitch (1989), Approaches to Teaching Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1991), and Transnational Asia Pacific (1999). Professor Lim is currently at work on a study of gender and nation in Asian American representations.



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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


American Literature
Post-Colonial Studies

Research Interests: 

  • Asian American cultural productions
  • Post-colonial literature
  • Ethnic and feminist writing
  • Creative writing



  • Memoir: Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands (1996) (Chinese translation, 2001)
  • Fiction: Joss and Gold (Feminist Press and Times Books International, 2001)
  • Critical Books: Writing South/East Asia in English (1994); Nationalism and Literature: English-language Writing from the Philippines and Singapore (1993)
  • Books of Poetry and Short Stories: What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (1998), Two Dreams: New and Selected Stories (1997), Monsoon History (1994), Modern Secrets: New and Selected Poems (1989), Life's Mysteries (1985), No Man's Grove and Other Poems (1985), Another Country (1982), Crossing the Peninsula and Other Poems (1980)
  • Editor or Co-editor of the following: Power, Race, and Gender in Academe: Strangers in the Tower? (MLA Press, 2000), Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing (2000), Transnational Asia Pacific: Gender, Culture, and the Public Sphere (1999), Reading the Literatures of Asian America (1992), One World of Literature (1992), Approaches to Teaching Kingston's The Woman Warrior (1991), The Forbidden Stitch (1989)

Articles & Chapters: 

  • “Foreword,’ Asian American Autobiographers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood Press, 2001)
  • "English-Language Creative Writing in Hong Kong: Colonial Stereotype and Process," in Pedagogy 1(1) (Duke U P, Winter 2000)
  • "The Center Can(not) Hold: U.S. Women's Studies and Global Feminism," American Studies International 38(3) (October, 2000)
  • "The Futures for Hong Kong English," co-authored with Kingsley Bolton, World Englishes 19(3) Special Issue, Hong Kong English: Autonomy and Creativity (November, 2000)
  • “Transnational Americans: Asian Pacific American Literature of Anamnesia.” Journal of American Studies 32(2) (Winter, 2000)
  • "'Global Asia' as Post-Legitimation: A Response to Ambroise Kom's 'Knowledge and Legitimation'." Mots Pluriels, (June, 2000)
  • “Old Paradigms, New Differences: Comparative American Studies,” in Cultural Encounters (Stauffenburg Verlag, Spring 2000)
  • "David Wong Louie," The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story (Columbia U P, 2001)
  • "Complications of Feminist and Ethnic Literary Theories in Asian American Literature," in Challenging Boundaries: Gender and Periodization (U of Georgia P, 2000)
  • "Asian American Literature: Leavening the Mosaic," in Contemporary U. S. Literature: Multicultural Perspectives (U.S. Society & Values, Electronic Journals of the U.S. Department of State (5)1, 2000)
  • "Writing Out of Turn," Profession 1999
  • “Before Its Time, Of Its Time: The Transnational Female Bildungsroman and Kartini’s Letters of A Javanese Princess,” Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 9(1&2), 1999


Forthcoming Projects: 

A study of gender and nation in Asian American representations


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