Mellon Mays Fellow
Born in Malaysia, Sophia (Yi Nian) Yip moved to the United States at the age of 10. She is an undergraduate student who is pursuing a major in English literature at The City College of New York. She is also an Isaacs Scholar and Kaye Scholar. Her interests lie in the fields of twentieth-century world literature, literature in translation, and issues of nationalism in the era of globalization. Her current research focuses on exploring the nexus between narrative form and the construction of national identity, with a particular focus on Haruki Murakami. She aims to uncover how internationally best-selling contemporary authors grapple with the representation of national identity at the same time that their works circulate widely in intercultural contexts and across languages.