Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Massachusetts)
Ethnic American Literature
Office: Humanities 210A
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Contemporary ethnic literature, Asian American studies, Southeast Asian American literature and history, trauma studies, testimonial discourse, creative writing, translation theory and practice, and folklore studies.
"Inaccuracy and Testimonial Literature: The Case of Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers." Forthcoming in MELUS 38.3 (Fall 2013).
"The Ghostly Voice in Chanrithy Him's 'Please Give Us Voice.'" Forthcoming in Mosaic.
“‘Discourses on the Viet Nam War’ Teaching the Viet Nam/American War from Multiple Perspectives.” Pedagogy 13.1 (2013): 158-170.
"'An Outside with Inside Information:' the 1.5 Generation in Lao Cao's Monkey Bridge." Postcolonial Text 7,2 (2012): 1-16.
“The Metonymics of Translation: Bridging the Interdisciplinary Gap between Translation Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies. Translated into Mandarin by Ms. Yang Ling.Culture and Poetics 12.2 (2010).
Writing Trauma, Writing Life." Under review.
"Resistance and Accommodation as Gentle Critique." R&R
RECENT CREATIVE WORKS
I have completed a book of poems, Under The Tamarind Tree, an organic, cohesive piece that tells the story of a Cambodian refugee. Under the Tamarind Tree made the finalist list for The University of Missouri's Ciardi Poetry Prize and the semi-finalist list for Indiana University's 42 Miles Poetry Award.
Several of the poems from this collection have appeared or are forthcoming in NYADP Journal, The Journal of War, Literature, and the Arts, a poetry anthology on international poets against war, and an anthology on children of immigrant parents.
I will also be reading at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs on May 20 and at the Long Beach Poetry Festival in Long Beach, California on October 12.
To read "On Fathers, Losses, and Other Influences" in Numero Cinq, Click here
"A Prayer for Orphans." Essay. The Truth about the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction. 4.1 (2011): 59-73.