English professor King-Kok Cheung (UCLA) talks about Asian American literature, and how it should be respected and valued as more than just ethnography. She discusses how Asian Americans so often reach for “white” standards, and why good writing is so powerful. (Intro: The Legend of Velda)
Professor King-Kok Cheung is on the faculty of the English Department at UCLA, specializing in Asian American Literature and Culture, as well as Sexuality and Gender Studies. Among her many books, Professor Cheung has written Chinese American Literature without Borders: Gender, Genre, and Form (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); and Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa (Cornell,1993). Her articles have appeared in publications such as AALA Journal (Japan), Amerasia Journal, American Literary History, Biography, Bucknell Review, Chinese Literature Journal (China), and Shakespeare Quarterly. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984.