Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture

The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture is co-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.

Past Events

The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture with Eric Kim

Apr 4, 2023 at

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Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2023 with Eric Kim

ASAM 25th Anniversary: Visualizing Asian American Futures

Mar 19, 2022 at

The Study at University City

20 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us in person and RSVP 

Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2019: Cynthia Wu

Feb 18, 2019 at


The Asian American Studies Program is pleased to announce the Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture.