Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish

Advised by Professor Oswaldo Estrada

paco@unc.edu | Dey 115

At UNC Since 2016


Education

M.A. in Spanish Language and Culture, Fu Jen Catholic University
B.A. in Spanish Language and Culture, German Minor, Fu Jen Catholic University

Bio

Francisco (Paco)’s area of expertise is contemporary Spanish American narratives while focusing primarily on Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Argentina’s narratives that are writing about Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Also, he is interested in Chinese-Latin American writers’ literary works. His research revolves around otherness, violence, Transpacific Studies, Asian Diaspora, literary representations of the Far East, and Cultural Geography.

Refereed Articles

Book Reviews

  • “Historia cultural de los hispanohablantes en Japón by Araceli Tinjaero.” Ciberletras. (forthcoming)
  • Orientaciones transpacíficas: La modernidad mexicana y el espectro de Asia by Laura J. Torres-Rodríguez.” Hispanófila. (forthcoming)
  • Toma y daca: Transculturación y presencia de escritores chino-latinoamericanos by Huei-Lan Yen.” Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. (forthcoming)
  • Cristina Rivera Garza: una escritura impropia. Un estudio de su obra literaria (1991-2014) by Alejandro Palma Castro et al.”  Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, vol. 73, 2018, pp. 161-63.

Conference Presentations

  • “Plasticity and Authenticity: The Re-Represented Chinese Brazilians in Plastic City (2008). North Carolina Conference on Latin American Studies, Charlotte, NC. March 20-21, 2020.
  • “Dragon, Serpent, or Lizard? The (Lost) Chineseness of Chinese-Mexicans as Allegorical Reptiles in Ojos de Lagarto (2012) by Bernando Fernández and ‘La serpiente de Beijín’ (2013) by Guadalupe Nettel.” Conference on East-West Cross-Cultural Relations. Warsaw-Cracow-Bielsko Biala, Poland. May 9-12, 2019.
  • La historia ‘contrabandeada’ del encuentro transpacífico en La rosa de la China.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress. Barcelona, Spain. May 23–26, 2018.
  • “La musa ecléctica y asimétrica: Las colisiones de semiósferas en ‘Kakemono’ de Julián del Casal.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY. April 19–21, 2018.
  • “Mímesis y alteridad como estrategias: la representación del sistema de Manila en La rosa de la China.” Conference of the Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Duke University, Durham, NC. February 16-17, 2018.
  • “Tras tres prismas: La ‘mirada trasatlántica’ al Lejano Oriente en ‘Li-Po’ de José Juan Tablada.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Wilmington, NC. October 5–7, 2017.
  • “Chromatic Signifiers as the Vehicle to Construct the Heroic Figure in Selma.” Carolina Conference on Romance Studies, Chapel Hill, NC. March 30–April 1, 2017.

Professional Affiliations

  • Latin America Studies Association (LASA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Sigma Delta Pi – National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Awards

  • Dr. James Carlton Ingram Research Fellowship
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Scholarship on Brazilian Portuguese
  • Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for Latin American/Caribbean Research
  • Dana B. Drake Research Travel Fellowship
  • Buchan Excellence Fund Award
  • Mellon Conference Travel Award
  • Graduate Student Transportation Grant
  • Romance Studies Department Conference Travel Grant

Courses

  • SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II (Hybrid)
  • SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners (Spring 2019 also as course co-coordinator)
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 329: Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement