Chris (JN) Chien is an educator, organizer, and researcher of transpacific and diasporic Asian/American visual cultures, with an interest in Cold War political economy. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

His research traces a materialist history of U.S.-China collaboration in exploiting Hong Kong’s free market throughout the Cold War and beyond. In exploring art that express everyday experiences of non-sovereignty, labor, migration and industrialization, this project explores the possibility of aesthetics to challenge contemporary ways of seeing the world as embroiled in a New Cold War.

Chris is also a writer, researcher, and organizer with
Lausan Collective. His writing appears in Amerasia Journal, his co-edited anthology with Palgrave Macmillan, and in popular media such as Jacobin, The Nation, and The Funambulist.