Professor and Deputy Chair of English Patricia Chu published her book Where I Have Never Been: Migration, Melancholia, and Memory in Asian American Narratives of Return (Temple, 2019) just last Fall! Her book provides valuable insight into the narratives of diasporic Asians, as their offspring travel to Asia to reclaim their heritage. Where I Have Never Been “reframes Asian American literature as a diasporic tradition created by flexible citizens with transpacific roots rather than a one-way story of immigration.” Professor Chu’s book is an insightful nuanced take on Asian American literature. If you have taken any of Professor Chu’s courses, then you know that her expansive knowledge of Asian American studies is equally as impressive in her writing as it is in the classroom! Professor Chu is currently teaching two courses at GW for the Fall semester; Introduction to Asian American Studies through Literature, and Fantasy and Speculative Fiction.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge of Asian American literature, make sure to check out Professor Chu’s book Where I Have Never Been: Migration, Melancholia, and Memory in Asian American Narratives of Return!
Article By: Leila Wargotz
B.A. English ’23