Dr Hilary Chung


Founding Director of the Global Studies Programme (2017-)

Head of School of Asian Studies (2011-2013)

Associate Dean International (Faculty of Arts) (2008-2010)


Research | Current

  • Modern Chinese literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Gender and representation in literature
  • The poetics of exile
  • Literature and representation of the Chinese diaspora 

My current research comprises a comparative study of embodiments of multiculturalism in diasporic Chinese theatre in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. I have a particular interest in Chinese New Zealand playwrights and the development of Chinese New Zealand theatre. 

A second project in collaboration with Associate Professor Bernadette Luciano explores the representation of the Chinese migrant in European film.

I also continue to work on aspects of the poetics of exile, with particular reference to the poets Yang Lian and Gu Chung, both of whom were exiles in New Zealand.

*Please note that for health reasons I am now no longer able to take on new PhD students*

Postgraduate supervision

PhDs in progress    

  • Quan Zhou. Spatial narrative in Chinese diasporic writing in English. (Comparative Literature)
  • Yue Zhang. Translation, adaptation and interpretation of Li Yu's Casual Expression of Idle Feelings for English readers (Comparative Literature)
  • Li Yi.  Adapting Socialist Realism: Intertextuality and Indeterminacy of Chinese Literature and Performing Arts 1942-1990 (Chinese)
  • Xiaojun Ding. A comparative study of Polynesian literature of the Pacific and Indigenous Taiwanese literature (English)
  • Yuan Gao. A comparative study of the reception of Lin Yutang’s Works in the U.S., China and Taiwan (Comparative Literature)
  • Linetto Basilone. Allegories, Utopias and Chinoiseries. China and Italian Travel Literature in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century (Italian)

Completed PhDs

  • Xiaowen Yang. Representations of criminality in Chinese and Anglo-American fiction (Comparative Literature) 2016
  • Yu-wen Chih. Narrative constructions of Taiwanese Nationalism before and after the Lifting of Martial Law (Chinese) 2016
  • Ruicai Kong. Performing the Revolution: Model Theatre in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) (Chinese) 2016
  • Marie Kim: Ochikobore Seishun Shōsetsu: the portrayal of teenage rebellion in Japanese adolescent literature  (Japanese)  2015
  • Yan Guo. A Comparative Study of Physician-Writers’ Representations of What Makes a Good Doctor  (Comparative Literature) 2015
  • Jocelyn Chambers. Shi Pingmei: self, text and sisterhood.The strategic deployment of feminine autobiographicality in The Wild Rose Weekly. (Chinese) 2015
  • Bridget Tompkins. Italo Calvino and the Pygmalion paradigm : fashioning the feminine in I nostri antenati and Gli amori difficili (PhD Italian) 2013
  • Lanyin Stella Chao. The February 28 Incident in fiction from a postcolonial perspective. (Taiwanese Literature) 2012
  • Haifang Zhang. A comparative study of Shen Congwen and Witi Ihimaera as indigenous writers  (Comparative Literature) 2011
  • Jung Hsuan Chen. Crafting lives : the evolution of identity in the works of Zhu Tianxin and Kapka Kassabova (Comparative Literature) 2011
  • Kathy Ooi. Reorientations: a critical study of Chineseness in New Zealand literature (English) 2010 
  • Mei-hui Sun. Patriarchal family systems in the stories of Katherine Mansfield and Zhang Ailing (Comparative Literature) 2008
  • Jacob Edmond. Writing on the margins : the experimental poetry of Lyn Hejinian, Yang Lian and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Comparative Literature) 2004

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chung, H. J., & Luciano, B. (2015). Autonomous Navigation? Multiplicity and Self-reflexive Aesthetics in Sergio Basso's documentary film Giallo a Milano and web-documentary Made in Chinatown. In C. Deprez, J. Pernin (Eds.) Post-1990 Documentary: Reconfiguring Independence (pp. 203-216). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernadette Luciano
  • Chung, H. J. (2015). Native Alienz. In G. Ghosh, J. Leckie (Eds.) Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 93-118). Dunedin: Otago University Press.
  • Chung, H. J. (2014). Chineseness in (a) New Zealand life: Lynda Chanwai-Earle. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 16 (2), 173-194. Related URL.
  • Chung, H., & Luciano, B. (2014). The dis/locat/ing migrant as an agent of transposition: Borensztein’s Un cuento chino and Segre’s Io sono Li. Studies in European Cinema, 11 (3), 191-211. 10.1080/17411548.2014.972671
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bernadette Luciano
  • Chung, H. J. (2013). The autoethnographic impulse: two New Zealand Chinese playwrights. In J. Kuehn, K. Louie, D. M. Pomfret (Eds.) Diasporic Chineseness after the Rise of China: Communities and Cultural Production (pp. 80-99). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: UBC Press.
  • Chung, H. J. (2012). Ghosts in the city: The Auckland exile of Yang Lian and Gu Cheng. Ka Mate Ka Ora : a New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics (11), 5-26. Related URL.
  • East, M., Chung, H. J., & Arkinstall, C. (2012). A fair go for all: A contribution to the call for a national languages policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 18 (2), 05-20. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Arkinstall, Martin East
  • Chung, H. J. (2007). Editorial Notes: Going Somewhere New. Ka Mate Ka Ora: A Journal of New Zealand Poetry and Poetics, 4, 1-4.

Contact details

Alternative contact

Global Studies Administrator:

Svetlana Kostrykina s.kostrykina@auckland.ac.nz

Phone: +64 9 923 8944

Office hours

During the semester:

Wednesdays and Thursday 12:00 - 1:00 or by appointment

During inter semester breaks:

by appointment

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 437
New Zealand