Berkeley English Graduate Students

Libby Kao

Professional Statement

Libby Kao is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at UC Berkeley working in transnational Asian/American studies, literatures of the Chinese diaspora, and what she's experimentally calling the Global Asian Anglophone. Her dissertation, "Labor/Love: Social Reproduction and Transpacific Asian/American Form" seeks to think across Taiwanese and Asian Anglophone writings on both paid and unpaid figures of the Asian female caregiver, as an exploration of minoritized Asian economic exemplarity that accounts for gendered labor, affect, and genre. 

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Selected Conference Papers

"Exilic Travel Self-Writing and The Politics of Unknowing in Zhu Tianxin’s Old Capital and “Nineteen Days of the New Party, ” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), June 15-18, 2022, Taipei/Online.  

"Cold War Intimacies and Critical Selfhood in Zhu Tianxin’s古都The Old Capital and 新黨十九日Nineteen Days of the New Party," Modernist Studies Association (MSA), April 13, 2022, Chicago/Online.  

"Domesticating the Global Asian Anglophone: Transpacific Housewives and Model Minorities in the Capitalist World-System," Texas Asia Conference, February 25-26, 2022, Austin, TX.

“Dialectics of Nothing: Negation, Queer History, and Revolutionary Becoming in Communist East Asia,” 2020 Post45 Graduate Symposium, February 28-29, 2020, Rutgers University, NJ.

“Queering Productivities of Desire: The Model Minority Myth in Don Lee’s Yellow,” 2018 Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) Conference, March 29-31, 2018, San Francisco, CA.


"Transpacific Housewives and Model Minorities in the Capitalist World-System," Taiwan Lit, 3.2 (Fall 2022).

“Reconsidering the Model Minority Myth: Desire and Melancholia in Nina Revoyr’s Southland,Unfound: the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. IV (Fall 2017)

English Department Classes