Dr Hannah Ho Ming Yit

hannah.ho@ubd.edu.bn

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



                         

Hannah is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her research includes the medical humanities, cultural histories and identities, and intersections between gender and nation in contemporary literature. She has published on Bruneian, Singaporean and Malaysian literature. She is a firm believer in the power of stories, and is deeply enthused by the social mirroring that takes place within them. Reading literary texts as craft forms employing aesthetic means while appreciative of their mechanism to engender reader therapy, she is passionate about the transcendent effects of the written and spoken word. Previous to Universiti Brunei Darussalam, she enjoyed teaching English Literature for two years at Maktab Duli Pengiran Al-Muhtadee Billah Sixth-Form College. She was in the final stage of completing her Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (on track for a Distinction) when selected to join Universiti Brunei Darussalam in the capacity of lecturer. Having arrived at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, her teaching and research lie within contemporary critical theory, representations of gender and culture in contemporary writings, and postcolonial Southeast Asian fiction. She completed her research fellowships at King's College London, United Kingdom (2012) and University of California Berkeley, U.S.A. (2014). Her current research project includes a contemporary documentation of the Chinese diaspora's oral life-stories in Brunei Darussalam. This work aims to examine the cultural representations of the ethnic Chinese, and the role played by inter-generational strands in attenuating or heightening a sense of identity and purpose in the nation. This project is closely aligned with the faculty's "Diaspora and Migration Studies" research cluster. Additionally, she is working diligently on an edited volume on Brunei Darussalam. Reflecting cutting-edge studies, it is entitled "Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature and Culture" (Springer, 2020). This contribution serves to enrich the scholarship on Brunei Darussalam, as it offers exciting perspectives on aspects deemed local--distinctive and unique--to Brunei Darussalam.

EDUCATION

Hannah holds a PhD in Contemporary Asian American Literature, which was completed at the University of York, United Kingdom (2012).
Her postdoctoral fellowships include Kings' College London (UK) and at the Center for Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley (USA).
She read her BA (Hons) in English Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom (2003).
Her MA in Contemporary Film and Literature: British and American Studies (2004) received a distinction.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Asian Diasporic Identities, Psychoanalytical Theory, Memory and Trauma Studies, Contemporary Fiction and Poetry, Asian American Literature, Gendered Identities and Subjectivities, African American Literature, Literature and Medicine, Minority 'Global' Literatures

FUTURE PROJECTS

Literary and Media Representations of Mental Health: A Comparative Analysis of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia


Applications Invited

The Motivations of the Non-Chinese in Attending Chinese Schools in Brunei Darussalam


Applications Invited
8

Scopus Publications

35

Google Scholar Citations

3

Google Scholar h-index

1

Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Ho, Hannah (2021). Bruneian Chinese Identity: The Individual, Familial and Transnational Selves in Anglophone Bruneian Literature. The Wenshan Review: Journal of Literature and Culture. Scopus-indexed.

Ho, Hannah (2021). Cultural and Economic Localisation in the Modern Nation. In Hannah Ho and David Deterding (Eds.), Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature and Culture. Singapore: Springer. Scopus-indexed.

Ho, Hannah and Amran, Rinni (2021). Negotiating Identity in Bruneian Anglophone Literature. In Hannah M. Y. Ho and David Deterding (Eds.), Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature and Culture. Singapore: Springer. Scopus-indexed.

Deterding, David and Ho, Hannah (2021). Introduction. In Hannah M. Y. Ho and David Deterding (Eds.), Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature and Culture. Singapore: Springer. Scopus-indexed.

Ho, Debbie and Ho, Hannah (2021). We are the Southeast Asian Chinese. In Y. K. Chan and C. Y. Hoon (Eds.), Chineseness in Motion. Singapore: Springer. Scopus-indexed.

Ho, Hannah (2020). The Violence of Othering and (non-)Indigenous Revival in Anglophone Bruneian Literature. Southeast Asian Review of English, 57(1): 56-75. Scopus-indexed journal.

Ho, Hannah (2020). The Unclean Subject of Depression in the Singaporean State. In Velasco, J.R. (Ed.), The Faces of Depression in Literature. Berlin, Peter Lang.

Ullah, A.K.M. Ahsan & Ho, Hannah (2020). Globalisation and Cultures in Southeast Asia: Demise, Fragmentation and Transformation. Global Society. 35 (2): 191-206.

Ho, Hannah (2019). Women doing Malayness in Brunei Darussalam. Southeast Asian Review of English, 56(2): 147-165. Scopus-indexed journal.

Ho, Hannah & Ho, Debbie. (2019). Identity in flux: The sarong party girl's pursuit of a good life. Asiatic: Journal of Language and Literature. 13(2): 100-120. Scopus-indexed journal.

GRANT DETAILS

'Literary and Media Representations of Mental Health: A Comparative Analysis of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia'
Start Date: October 2021
End Date: October 2023
Principal Investigator: Dr Hannah Ho

'The Motivations of the Non-Chinese in Attending Chinese Schools in Brunei Darussalam'
Start Date: October 2021
End Date: October 2023
Principal Investigator: Dr Hannah Ho

'Contested Identity: Representations and Language Use of the Chinese Diaspora in Brunei Darussalam' (B$9550)
FIC Block Funding
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Start Date: 01/02/2019
End Date: 31/01/2021
Principal Investigator: Dr Hannah Ho

"Parenting Amongst Asians' Regional Workshop"
Full Travel and Lodging Grant
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
26-28 June 2019.

"Cartographies of Identity in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures" (B$10,000)
Competitive UBD Research Seed Grant
Start Date: 01/01/2014
End Date: 31/12/2014
Principal Investigator: Dr Hannah Ho

RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

Books:

Ho, Hannah M.Y. and David Deterding (Eds.) (2020). Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature and Culture. Singapore: Springer.

Conference Papers and Workshops:

Ho, Hannah (2021). Recovering Tales of Personal and Communal Success of Chinese Bruneian Entrepreneurs. Brunei-Malaysia Forum. Universiti Brunei Darussalam. ONLINE. 14-15 September 2021.

Ho, Hannah (2021). Reframing Loss: Chinese Identity in Brunei Darussalam in an Era of Supermobility. ICAS 12 / EMV Conference. ONLINE. 24-28 August 2021.

Ho, Hannah (2021). Beyond China: Narratives of Subjective Experiences of the Chinese Bruneians. Global Chinese Conference. Jinan University. ONLINE. 21 April 2021.

Ho, Hannah (2020). Chinese Subaltern Women in Anglophone Bruneian Literature. World Conference on Women's Studies. ONLINE. 27-28 July 2020.

Ho, Hannah (2020). Representations of the Chinese Diaspora in Bruneian Anglophone Literature. 2nd International Conference on Literature. Theme -- Diasporic Literatures: Past, Present and Future. Universiti Sains Malaysia. ONLINE. 29-30 July 2020.

Ho, Hannah (2019). We are the Southeast Asian Chinese: Assessing the Threat Posed by the Shift Towards English. 20th English in Southeast Asia Conference. NTU-NIE Singapore. 5 - 8 December 2019.

Ho, Hannah (2019). Parenting Among Asians. International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD). Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong. 25 - 28 June 2019. (Awarded Full Travel and Accommodation Grant).

Ho, Hannah (2019). The Unclean Subject of Depression in Amanda Lee Koe's Ministry of Moral Panic. The American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). University of Georgetown, Washington, U.S.A. 5-7 March 2019.

Ho, Hannah (2019). Voices of the Chinese Diaspora: Negotiating a Chinese Identity in Brunei Darussalam. 20th English in Southeast Asia Conference. Singapore. 3-5 December 2019.

Ho, Hannah (2017). Augmenting the Historian's Role: Survivor Memory in Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists. The Asian Conference on Literature. International Academic Forum (IAFOR). Kobe, Japan. 30 April - 2 May 2017.

Ho, Hannah (2017). Representing Painful Memories: Representations of World War Two in Malaysian and Bruneian Fiction. Institute of Asian Studies Seminar Series. 22 February 2017.

Ho, Hannah (2016). Survivor Memory Reconfigured: Revisiting Trauma in Contemporary Malaysian Fiction. Brunei-Malaysia Forum. 16 November - 17 November 2016.

Ho, Hannah (2015). Writing Cross-Cultural Identities in Postmodern Asia. 18th English in Southeast Asia (ESEA) Conference. 16 November - 17 November 2015.

Ho, Hannah (2015). Race, Gender and Postcolonialism in Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters. 2nd International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Arts. 4 February - 5 February 2015.

Ho, Hannah (2014). Death's Journey in Fay Ng's Novels. 11th Interdisciplinary-Net Conference on Death, Dying and Suffering, Prague, Czech Republic. 1 November - 3 November 2014.

Ho, Hannah (2013). The ethnic evolution of Susan Choi's novels. MELUS 27th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. University of Pennsylvania. United States. 14 March - 17 March 2013.


Selected Publications:

Ho, Hannah (2019). Women doing Malayness in Brunei Darussalam. Southeast Asian Review of English, 56(2): 147-165. Scopus-indexed journal.

Ho, Hannah & Ho, Debbie. (2019). Identity in flux: The sarong party girl's pursuit of a good life. Asiatic: Journal of Language and Literature. 13(2): 100-120. Scopus-indexed journal.

Ho, Hannah. (2019). Personal narratives of mental illness: Redressing madness in Singapore in Amanda Lee Koe's "Ministry of Moral Panic". Humanities, 8(2), 70. doi: 10.3390/h8020070 (On-line access).

Ho, Hannah (2019). Negotiating a personal experience: Identity affirmation of the Horimono artist. In S. Kloss (Ed.), Tattoo(ed) Histories. London: Routledge.

Ho, Hannah (2019). Rethinking Singapore's unclean subjects in Amanda Lee Koe's "Ministry of Moral Panic". In J. R. Velasco (Ed.), The Faces of Depression in Literature. Berlin: Peter Lang.

Ho, Hannah (2018). Capitalist patriarchy in Singaporean women's production of work and consumption: Towards a radical discourse. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 18, 55-70. (PDF Version).

Ho, Hannah & Frank Dhont (2016). Bombs as potent reminders of war: A literary-historical study of Negara Brunei Darussalam. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 16, 138–150. (PDF Version).

Ho, Hannah (2015). The Language of Depathologized Melancholia in Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters. South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15, 17-25. (PDF Version).

Ho, Hannah (2013). Depathologising race. In S. Andermahr & S. Pellicer-Ortin (Eds.), Trauma narratives and herstories. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

CONSULTANCY

Defence Academy,
Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Ministry of Defence.
2017 - ongoing.
[Coordinator and Facilitator of Media Management Course (25-26 April 2017; 23-25 April 2018; 5-7 August 2019; 5-7 August 2020; 16-18 August 2021) & Foundation Studies (14/01/19-10/02/19; 20/01/2020-31/01/2020)]

Higher Education,
Ministry of Education.
[Consultant Writer and Editor for the Higher Education Strategic Planning in 2015. Ministry of Education (MOE), Berakas, Brunei Darussalam.]
2015.

Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
[Facilitator for modules taken by Officers and Diplomats from ASEAN countries.]
2013; 2015-2016.

Editor for iCUBE Bukit Pagon Expedition Coffee Table Book.
[Edited UBD's VC, Acting Director of Forestry's, and CEO of Heart of Borneo’s messages.]
[Copy edited entire book volume, including its contents and photo captions.]
2016.

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Brunei national lead for the international research project: "Living with COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Personal Experiences of Crisis, Control and Community". Asia Research Institute. National University of Singapore (ARI- NUS). Singapore.

Visiting Professor
English Literature
Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES)
Indonesia.

Collaborating with national schools (Chung Hwa Middle School and Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan) and Chinese associations (Hokkien and Hakka) in Brunei Darussalam to retrieve and document oral stories of the Chinese diaspora living within Brunei Darussalam.

Collaborating with Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam to deliver various national consultancies, including Ministry of Defence's Diploma in International Security Studies.

Organisation collaboration with Radio Television Brunei (RTB), Brunei Darussalam.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Tutor in English Literature
Tutor in General Paper

Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah Sixth-Form College
Gadong, Brunei Darussalam.
4 October 2014 - 2016

SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Keynote Speaker
International Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature and Translation
Organiser: Universitas Negeri Semarang, Indonesia
14-15 November 2020

Keynote Speaker
Graduate Conference on 'Super Mobilities in Literature'
English Literature Department
Universitas Negeri Semarang, Indonesia.
28th November 2020.

Universiti Brunei Darussalam's Ambassador
China-ASEAN Arts Colleges Alliance Meeting
Nanning, China
29-31 July 2019.

Workshop Facilitator
Chung Hwa Middle School (CHMS), Bandar Seri Begawan
'English Literature and The Writer's Craft' - Professional Development Course for CHMS Teachers
15 March 2019.

Keynote Speaker
Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah (MDPMAMB) College,
Gadong. Brunei Darussalam.
19 April 2017.


International Reviewer
'The Wenshan Review: Journal of Literature and Culture'
2020

'3L: Language, Linguistics and Literature' (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
2020

Reviewer for International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Panel for Literary Studies
2017 - 2019

Reviewer for International Women's Studies Convention (6th World Conference on Women's Studies)
2020

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
Member, 2019 - 2020

Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
Member, 2014-2016