• Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures


  • “Intersectional Incoherence: Zainichi Literature and the Ethics of Illegibility,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/09/2023.
  • “Muslim Migrants to Japan in Local and Global Perspective: From Kim Saryang’s ‘Mushi’ to Shirin Nezammafi’s ‘Salam,’” Osaka University, Osaka, Japan (in Japanese). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/29/2023.
  • “‘Zainichi’ in the Anglophone Gaze: On Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and Yu Miri’s Tokyo Ueno Station,” Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea (in Japanese). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/15/2023.
  • “Transpacific Jim Crow: Reconfiguring Racial Ideology in Occupied Japan,” University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/03/2022.
  • “Zainichi Women and Transpacific Feminisms: Yu Miri and the Politics of Global Representation,” Osaka University Global Japanese Research Workshop, Osaka, Japan. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/30/2022.
  • “Language in Kim Saryang’s Slumscapes: Transnational, Regional, Incommensurable,” Association for Asian Studies. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/26/2022.
  • "Unmaking the Multilingual: Pseudo-Translation in Yi Yangji's Yuhi," Association for Asian Studies (virtual conference). Conference Paper, Presented, 03/24/2021.
  • "What Was Zainichi Literature? Intersectionality, Incoherence, and 'Post-Racial' Temporalities in Japan," East Asia Seminar Series, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/16/2020.
  • "The Intersectional Politics of Speaking: Ethnicity, Disability, and the Othered Body in Kin Kakuei’s Kogoeru kuchi," Asian Studies Conference Japan, Saitama, Japan. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/30/2019.
  • “Writing in Diaspora and the Postcoloniality of Modern Asian Literatures,” Counter-Readings: East Asian Literary Histories Symposium, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/27/2019.
  • "The Taste of Empathy: Virtual Intimacy and Exclusion in Korean Broadcast Eating," Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, Washington. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/16/2019.
  • “'Your Silence Will Not Protect You': Yu Miri and the End of Zainichi Literature,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois. Conference Paper, Presented, 01/06/2019.
  • "Zainichi Literature and the Rhetoric of Colorblindness," Zainichi Literature Symposium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/21/2018.
  • "Translations without Originals: Bilingual Affect in Kim Sŏkpŏm's Postwar Fiction," Association for Asian Studies, Washington, DC. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/23/2018.
  • "Zainichi Writers and the Postcoloniality of Modern Korean Literature," Korean Literature Association Workshop, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/27/2017.
  • “The Place of Language, the Language of Place: Narrative Voice as Traveler-Translator in Yi Yangji's Yuhi,” Inaugural Workshop on Zainichi Literary Studies, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/22/2017.
  • “Empire of the Mute: Reading Othered Bodies in (Post-)Imperial Japan,” Empire of Others Conference, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/22/2017.
  • “Yu Miri, ‘Post-Race,’ and the End of Zainichi Literature,” Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, Ontario. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/17/2017.
  • “The Intersectional Politics of Speaking: Ethnicity, Disability, and the Sonic Imagination in Kin Kakuei's Kogoeru kuchi,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Conference Paper, Presented, 01/05/2017.
  • “Korean Global and the Suturing of Worlds in Wonderful Days,” Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/25/2016.


  • Japanese, fluent.
  • Korean, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea


  • Translation: Kang Yuni, “In the Shadow of Sōshi Kaimei: Imposed and Adopted Names in Yū Miri’s The End of August.” In Passing, Posing, Persuasion: Cultural Production and Coloniality in Modern Japan, ed. Andre Haag, Catherine Ryu, and Christina Yi, 166-189. University of Hawai'i Press. Published, 11/2023.
  • Cindi Textor (2023). Intersectional Incoherence: Zainichi Literature and the Ethics of Illegibility. University of California Press. Accepted, 05/12/2023.
  • Translation: Lee Yangji, Nabi T'aryŏng and Other Stories. Trans. Cindi Textor and Lee Soo Mi. Seoul Selection, 2022. Published, 12/2022.
  • Cindi Textor (2022). Implicated Reading: Medoruma Shun's Me no oku no mori and the Ethics of Narrative Transmission. Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Vol. 20:18, Article ID 5748. Published, 11/2022.
  • “Whose Korea is it? Reading Zainichi Literature Intersectionally.” In Routledge Companion to Korean Literature, ed. Heekyoung Cho, 412–424. Published, 03/2022.
  • “Zainichi Writers and the Postcoloniality of Modern Korean Literature.” In Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature, ed. Yoon Sun Yang, 225–238. Published, 05/2020.
  • Cindi Textor (2019). Representing Radical Difference: Kim Sŏkpŏm’s Korea(n) in Japan(ese). positions: asia critique. Vol. 27:3, 499-529. Published, 08/2019.
  • Cindi Textor (2019). Literature of the Concealed Home: Passing and Imperial Periphery in Yamanokuchi Baku’s Prose Fiction. Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture. Vol. 12, 301-333. Published, 05/2019.
  • Cindi Textor (2018). Queer(ing) Language in Yi Kwangsu's Mujŏng: Sexuality, Nation, and Colonial Modernity. Journal of Korean Studies. Vol. 23(1), 67-96. Published, 03/2018.
  • Translation: Kim Sŏk-pŏm, The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost. Columbia University Press, 2010. Published, 10/2010.