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My research is broadly concerned with developing historicist and formalist approaches to literature, with specializations in Asian American and Philippine Anglophone literature. I am working on two manuscript projects. The first is a study of realism in the Filipino novel in English in relation to the political economy of human labor export and migrant remittances. Titled “Remittance Fiction,” the book offers a new history of the Philippine Anglophone novel by tracing its evolution within the transpacific educational exchange system of U.S. creative writing. Theorizing the agency of literature in affecting economic structures, the book argues that an important precursor of the migrant worker was the migrant writer and that novels produced in the diaspora helped to elucidate remittances not only as money but also as a social form. The second project is a study of the link between post-1965 economic restructuring and Asian American literary emergence through an analysis of Cold War–era debates about family, immigration, and so-called human capital formation.