On the news: The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2024 presented Celeste Ng


The Yoonmee Chang Memorial Lecture 2024 presented Celeste Ng!

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Celeste Ng is the bestselling author of three novels, Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhereand 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.