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Emily Cheng

Associate Professor, English

Dickson Hall 322
B.A, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
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My areas of specialization are Asian American Studies, 20th and 21st century U.S. Ethnic Literatures, and gender and sexuality studies. My teaching and research use a cultural studies and critical ethnic and gender studies approach, which emphasizes transnational issues of U.S. empire, globalization, and neoliberalism. Courses I teach are ENGL 274 Contemporary Literature of Immigration, ENGL 300 Pursuits of English, ENGL 308/WMGS 308 Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Film, ENGL 338 Contemporary American Fiction, ENLT 372 Women Prose Writers, and WMGS 200 Transnational Feminisms.

Selected publications:

“The Vietnamese American ‘Model Orphan’ in Aimee Phan's We Should Never Meet,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 49.3 (September 2016): 109-125.

“Social Space and the Suburb in Mike Cahill's King of California: Mapping Race, Neoliberalism, and Narratives of the Past in the Southern California Landscape,” Western American Literature 50.1 (Spring 2015): 35-49.

"Troubling the ‘Happy Family’: U.S. Liberalism and Narratives of Transnational Adoption and Immigration from China,” Comparative American Studies 12.4 (Dec. 2014): 249-263.

"Pearl S. Buck’s “American Children”: Adoption of the Amerasian Child, U.S. Democracy, and The Occupation of Japan in The Hidden Flower,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 35.1 (April 2014): 181-210.

“Meat and the Millennium: Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and the Transnational Politics of Race and Gender,” Journal of Asian American Studies 12.2 (June 2009): 191-220.

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