Author Victoria Namkung shares about her work as a novelist and journalist. Victoria discusses the timeliness of her latest book THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, why Asian American studies gave her such confidence in her identity, and how to get apologies from internet trolls. (Intro: Tree of Honor)
Victoria Namkung is a Los Angeles-based author, journalist, essayist, and cultural commentator. Her writing has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, NBC News, VICE, Washington Post, USA Today, and InStyle. As a speaker and panelist, she’s appeared at UNC Charlotte, LitFest Pasadena, Bad Advice From Bad Women, the Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Mixed Remixed, and the Asian American Journalists Association. After receiving a master’s from UCLA in 2000, she taught courses on gender, immigration, and writing at UCSB, UCLA, and 826LA, respectively. Her research on Asian American males and import car culture in southern California was published as a chapter in the award-winning collection, Asian American Youth (Routledge), and was taught at esteemed universities such as Cornell University and Oberlin College. The daughter of a Dublin-born Jewish mother and Korean father, Victoria was raised in Orange County, CA and maintains dual citizenship in Ireland. She’s the author of the 2015 novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves (Standard Time Press), and These Violent Delights (Griffith Moon), published in the fall of 2017.