Robert Ji-Song Ku

Robert Ji-Song Ku

Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies;
Co-coordinator of Asian American and Diaspora Studies;


Ph.D., English, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.A., English, New York University

Office: LS G669
Phone: 777-4517

Areas of Study and Interest

Asian American studies
Twentieth-century American literature and culture
Food studies
Studies of ethnographic displays

Recent Courses:

Sports in Asian America
Asian American Cultural Representations
Asian Food, Politics, Culture
Food and the Asian Diaspora
Korean American Literature and Culture
The Question of the Orient
Community Internship Program
Asian and Asian American Studies Major Seminar


Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA (University of Hawaii Press, forthcoming 2013).

Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, co-edited with Martin Manalansan and Anita Mannur (NYU Press, forthcoming 2013).

Book in Preparation

Hallyu America: An Anthology of the Korean Wave in the United States

Other Publications

Review of Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States by Andrew Coe, Gastronomica (forthcoming).

Review of Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham. Food and Foodways 16.1 (January 2008). 98-102.

“Confessions of an English Professor: Globalization and the Anxiety of the (Standard) English Practice.” Language and Linguistics in Context. Eds. Harriett Luria, Deborah Seymour, and Trudy Smoke. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006. 377-384.

“Asian American Literature, Post-1965.” Co-authored with Alexandra Suh. Crossing Into America: The New Literature of Immigration. Eds. Louis Mendoza and S. Shankar. New York: The New Press, 2003. 314-26.

Review of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Journal of Asian American Studies 6.1 (2003). 101-103.

“September 11: Farewell, My Birthday.” Amerasia Journal 27:3/28.1 (Winter 2001/Spring 2002). 243-54.

“‘Beware of Tourists if You Look Chinese’ and Other Survival Tactics in the American Theatre: The Asian(cy) of Display in Frank Chin’s The Year of the Dragon.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 11 (Spring 1999). 78-92.

Last Updated: 3/2/15