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.

Upcoming Events


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

Mar 27, 2024 at

McNeil Atrium, 2nd Floor

The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2024 with Celeste Ng.

Past Events


The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2023 with Eric Kim

Apr 4, 2023 at

Arch 108

Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2023 with Eric Kim


The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2022 with Cathy Park Hong

Mar 19, 2022 at

The Study at Penn

This year The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture will hosted the Keynote speaker of our 25th Anniversary Ce


The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2020 with Karen Su

Oct 27, 2020 at

Online event 

Please register here!


The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2019 with Cynthia Wu

Feb 18, 2019 at

ARCH108

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