Caroline Hau

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Caroline Hau is an Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in the University of Kyoto and, an author of various fiction and nonfiction books.


She took up Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the Philippines and graduated summa cum laude in April 1990 and finished her postgraduate and Ph.D. degrees in English Language and Literature in January 1996 and May 24, 1998, respectively, at Cornell University.

She is also a polyglot proficient in English, Filipino, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia and Malaysia, Mandarin Chinese and Hokkien, and reading knowledge of Spanish and French.


Caroline Hau worked as Instructor II (and later, Assistant Professor) at the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines, as teaching assistant at the Department of English in Cornell University and as research assistant of Prof. Chandra Mohanty and Prof. M. Jacqui Alexander for their book Third World Feminism', Feminist Genealogies (New York, Routledge, 1998).

List of Publications

Her publications are primarily about Philippine literature, among which are the following:


  • Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946-1980. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2000.
  • On the Subject of the Nation: Filipino Writing from 1981 to 2004. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2005.

Short fiction:

  • "New Year's Day," Discovering New Horizons: Anthology of Chinese Filipino Literature in English. Edited by Grace C. Pe and Andrew Arriola. Manila: World News Publications, Inc. 1989.
  • "The Guardian of the Threshold," Tulay, August 9, 1989.
  • "The Girl in the Bathroom," Tulay, July 17, 1990.
  • "Stories," Philippines Free Press, August 7, 1993.
  • "Grief," Twelve Philippine Women Writers. Edited by Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1994. (Reprinted in Ani, Journal of Women's Studies, and Discovering New Horizons: Anthology of Chinese Filipino Literature)
  • "The True Story of Ah To," Philippines Free Press, January 11, 1997.
  • "Firetrees and Orange Sundays," Philippines Free Press, August 2, 1997.
  • “A Very Short Dictionary of Literary Terms”, Sands and Coral 2002: 95-102.
  • “The Gorge,” Philippines Free Press February 12, 2005: 34-36.



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