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Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities: Shawn Wong - Fall 2022

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Shawn Wong

Shawn Wong photograph

Professor Wong is the author of two novels, Homebase and American Knees. He is also the co-editor and editor of six Asian American and American literary anthologies including the pioneering anthology Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers. In 2019, he started his own book series at the University of Washington Press, reissuing notable Asian American books such as Eat a Bowl of Tea by Louis Chu, Awake in the River and Shedding Silence by Janice Mirikitani, and a new work, Uncle Rico's Encore: Mostly True Stories of Filipino Seattle by Peter Bacho. Wong is Professor of English and Byron and Alice Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the University of Washington. 


Shawn Wong Katz Lecture Poster

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How to Write a DEI Statement in Only 50 Years

UW Professor of English Shawn Wong has been working on his DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) statement for 50 years (38 years at the UW) and is almost finished. He began writing it when, as an undergraduate, he was told that Asian American literature did not exist, that his writing had too much style to be written by him, that his first students could not yet get English credit for taking his Asian American literature classes, and that large corporations could question his birthright and his ownership of intellectual property. His first book, Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers, turns 50 in 2024 and it's where this DEI travel story begins.

Shawn Wong will be joined in conversation by Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ed Taylor. 

The lecture, to be held on December 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall 210 is free and open to all.  Register to Attend

This lecture will be recorded and added to the Katz Lecture playlist

This research guide includes resources published by Professor Wong and related research.  All resources are available through the UW Libraries.  Everyone is welcome to visit a UW Library in person to access these resources.  UW students, faculty, and staff may access online resources from off campus using their UW Net ID.  

Shawn's Recommended Readings

The following readings have been recommended by The Simpson Center for those who would like to learn more about the subject of the lecture.    


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