Micheline Soong PH.D.

College of Liberal Arts - Department of English and Applied Linguistics


M.A. and Ph. D., Comparative Literature, University of California at Los Angeles 1999
Stanford Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (Yokohama, Japan) 1991-1992 
Chinese, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (With Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) 1987


Primary: Asian Literatures and Buddhist Studies (E. Asia, S.E. Asia, and S. Asia); Literatures of Hawaii & the Pacific (Native Hawaiian Literature, Pidgin Literature, Local Chinese, Japanese, Filipino & Korean Literatures, Literatures from the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, & French Polynesia); 20th C American Women Writers of Color (Native American, African American, Latina & Chicana, Asian American and Pacific Islander literatures); Post-Colonial & Indigenous & World Literatures in English translation

Secondary: Persian and Arabic Literature in English translation, Modernism & Post-modernism, Identity Politics within Literature (Race & Ethnicity, Class, Gender & Sexual Orientation)




Within the English Department:

WRI 1200: Research, Argument and Writing

ENG 1101: Representations of Pacific Life

ENG 2100: Ways of Reading: Film, Literature and Culture

ENG 2500: World Literature

ENG 3130: Topics in World Literature: Reading Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being 

ENG 3135: Japanese Literature  

ENG 3223: Asian Literature 

ENG 3226: Topics in Literatures of Hawai‘i and the Pacific: Hawai‘i Writers

ENG 3227: Hawai‘i and the Pacific in Film 

ENG 3252: 20th Century American Women Writers of Color 

ENG 4910: English Program Capstone




Buddhisms in Asia: Traditions, Transmissions, and Transformations, co-editors Nicholas Brasovan and Micheline Soong, SUNY Press. Forthcoming 2019.


Book Chapter

“Interview with Lee Tonouchi” in Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages, co-editors Umberto Ansaldo and Miriam Meyerhoff. Routledge. Forthcoming 2019.


Book Reviews

A Garden of Marvels: Tales of Wonders from Early Medieval China by Robert Ford Campany, in Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies. Forthcoming 2019.


What We Must Remember: Linked Poetry by Ann Inoshita, Juliet Kono, Christy Passion and Jean Toyama. Bamboo Ridge Press, 2017. The Pacific Rim Review of Books, Issue 24, Vol 13, No. 1, (2019): pp. 27 & 29.


Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime by Yoshiko Okuyama. Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies. Vol. 31, No. 2, Fall 2017. pp. 430-432.  DOI: 10.13110/marvelstales.31.2.0430 Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13110/marvelstales.31.2.0430


The Charm Buyers by Lillian Howan. University of Hawaii Press, 2017. The Pacific Rim Review of Books. Issue 22, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2017): 29.


Encyclopedia Entry

“Hawaii/Local Literature.” Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Mary Yu Danico. 4 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference with the Association for Asian American Studies. September 2014. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452281889.n148.


Recent Conference Presentations

“Masako Takeda and Robert Aitken: Two Views of Japanese Aesthetics, Reading Matsuo Basho’s ‘Old Pond—Furuikeya’ Haiku through Literary and Zen Buddhist Lenses.” 24th Japan Studies Association Annual Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. 4-6 January 2018.   


“The Illustration of Houston Wood's ‘Third Rhetorical Position’ in Kānaka Maoli Mo‘olelo” Oceanic Literatures and Cultures session. 115th PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association) Conference. Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10-17 November 2017.


“The Contested Spaces within the Literatures of Hawai’i.” World History Association, Regional Affiliates for Hawaii, the Northwest and California. Pacific Journeys: A Conference in World History at the Cross-Roads of the Pacific. Honolulu, Hawaii. 17-19 February 2017.


Most Influential Books and Writer on My Career: Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle



Micheline Soong

Associate Professor

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