Latin America Area Editor
Ana Paulina Lee, Columbia University and Tulane University
Ana Paulina Lee is a cultural historian and assistant professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University where she teaches courses on literature, film, and visual cultures. She is the author of Mandarin Brazil: Race, Representation, and Memory (Stanford University Press), winner of the 2019 Antonio Candido Book Prize for Best Book in the Humanities. Mandarin Brazil examines the way that Brazilian cultural institutes constructed ideas about China and the Chinese to strengthen nationalism and racial whitening ideologies. The book examines the cultural histories of Brazil and China through bringing together a multigenre archive that maps the circulation of trade, labor, and material culture to reveal the connected histories of Chinese and Portuguese expansion and globalization to the hemispheric Americas. Lee has also published articles, essays, and translations in academic journals and news outlets, including the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, The Drama Review, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures, The Blackwell Companion to Luis Buñuel, The Global Studies Journal, e-misférica, Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World; Al Jazeera, and Truthout.