Jonathan Chan

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Jonathan Chan is interested in the interactions between the East Asian diaspora and East Asia, especially China and Korea, with a particular interest in language, religion, and literature. Born in New York to a Malaysian father and South Korean mother, he was raised in Singapore. He received a BA in English from the University of Cambridge where he chaired the Cambridge Chinese Christian Fellowship and Decolonise English Campaign, wrote a column for student newspaper Varsity, and sang in the gospel choir. He spent a summer as an international scholar at Tsinghua University and has acquired professional experience at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an impact investing firm, and various non-profit organizations. He is also active as a writer and editor of essays and poetry. His dissertation on literary depictions of migration within Asia, centered on the poetry of Zakir Hossain Khokan and Shromik Monir and the novels of Min Jin Lee and Tash Aw, was published in Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies.