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Patricia Pei-Chang Chu Faculty Member

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Patricia P. Chu is Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Studies Minor at George Washington University, where she teaches courses in Asian American literature and culture, children's literature, and fantasy and speculative fiction. She is the author of ASSIMILATING ASIANS: GENDERED STRATEGIES OF AUTHORSHIP IN ASIAN AMERICA (Duke University Press, 2000) and WHERE I HAVE NEVER BEEN: MIGRATION, MELANCHOLIA, AND MEMORY IN ASIAN AMERICAN NARRATIVES OF RETURN (Temple University Press, 2019). The book heralds a significant theme of Asian American literature, the theme of return in which Asian diasporic emigrants and their offspring travel to their Asian homelands to discover their Asian ethnic heritage. The book reconceptualizes Asian American literature as a diasporic, transpacific literature created by global citizens with transpacific roots; examines how these narratives record, reflect upon, and resist "racial melancholia"; and demonstrates how these texts create countermemories contesting official discourses' erasure of minority acts and cultures.

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