The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2024 with Celeste Ng, bestselling and award-winning writer

Mar 27, 2024 at


Location change to Widener Lecture Hall at Penn Museum
3260 South Street. Philadelphia, PA 19104

Entrance through the Warden Gardens to the building on South Street


The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2024 presents Celeste Ng!

Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 PM

Location Change:

Widener Lecture Hall at Penn Museum
3260 South Street. Philadelphia, PA 19104


ASAM is thrilled to invite you to the Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture with acclaimed author Celeste Ng!

Celeste Ng is the bestselling author of three novels, Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere, and Our Missing Hearts. Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan). Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, and many other publications, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors.

The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture is organized annually by ASAM through the generous support of Mrs. Woonsuk Debbie Chang. This memorial lecture hosts a distinguished speaker in honor of Dr. Yoonmee Chang’s memory and scholarship. Dr. Chang (November 2, 1970 – January 18, 2018) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in New York. She received her PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 with a specialization in Asian American diasporic literature and culture. As a doctoral candidate, Dr. Chang was a key student leader in the founding of ASAM. Author of the critically acclaimed book, Writing the Ghetto: Class, Authorship, and the Asian American Ethnic Enclave, she taught at Indiana University in Bloomington before becoming an Associate Professor at George Mason University from 2005 until her untimely passing in 2018.

The conversation with Celeste Ng will be followed by a book signing session. We will have a small number of her books available for purchasing. 

Masks are recommended and we will provide them at the event.