Research and Teaching Interests
Asian American literature and culture, comedy and satire, race and popular culture (especially comics/graphic narratives, film, TV, and the web), critical ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, American studies.
Recent Classes Taught
English 162W: Literature and Place: “Asian America”
English 170W: Introduction to Literary Studies
English 369: Asian American Literature
English 390: Comedy and Satire
English 391W: Senior Seminar: Asian American Graphic Narratives
English 391W: Senior Seminar: Asian Americans in Popular Culture
English 781: Asian American Literatures of the Twenty-First Century
English 781: Multiethnic Graphic Narratives
English 781: Laughing Matters: Asian American Comedy and Humor
Honors 125: The Arts in New York City
Funny Asians: Comedy and Humor in Asian American Literary and Popular Culture (under contract with Rutgers University Press)
Articles and Book Chapters
“Teaching History through and as Asian/American Popular Culture in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints.” Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multi-Ethnic Graphic Narrative. Ed. Martha J. Cutter and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. Athens: University of Georgia Press, forthcoming 2018. 61-86.
“Disorienting the Vietnam War: GB Tran’s Vietnamerica as Transnational and Transhistorical Graphic Memoir.” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies 5 (2014), http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/aaldp/vol5/iss/4/.
Coauthored with Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Sharon Tang-Quan. “’You Should Not Be Invisible’: An Interview with Mitsuye Yamada.” Contemporary Women’s Writing 7.2 (2013), http://cww.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/08/24/cww.vpt016.
Coauthored with Anne Cong-Huyen. “Teaching Asian American Graphic Narratives in a ‘Post-Race’ Era.” Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice. Ed. Lan Dong. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 80-93.
“The Networks of Transnational American Studies.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.1 (2011), http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1bm7f5qq.
Coauthored with Shirley Geok-lin Lim. “Introduction: The Postmodern Dilemma for Life Writing: Hybridizing Hyphens.” “Mixed Race, Hybrid, Transnational: Writing Lives in National and Global Frames.” Special issue of Life Writing 4.1 (2007): 3–9.
Reviews and Notes
Review of David Gillota’s Ethnic Humor in Multiethnic America. Studies in American Humor 29 (2014): 109–11.
“Asian American Comedy and Humor”; “Asian Americans on Television”; and “Asian Americans on the Web.” Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016.