Lingyan Yang, associate professor of English, faculty member in the Graduate English Program in Literature and Criticism, and director of the Women’s Studies program, gave an invited lecture at the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Xiamen University in China on June 25, 2014.
Yang spoke on Asian American and Asian Diasporic women’s literature and feminism by analyzing three women’s literary texts in the global women’s herstories (women’s histories and stories) of Chinese American women’s resistance again patriarchy, Japanese American women’s poetic critique of Japanese American internment history during WWII, and Korean comfort women’s sufferings and decolonization against Japanese colonial and militarist sexual abuse, also during WWII.
The lecture generated strong interest. Professor Longhai Zhang, dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, invited and introduced Yang. About 60 faculty members, college and department leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students came to the talk and engaged in lively discussions afterwards on Asian American, feminist, and postcolonial literatures and criticisms.
Xiamen University is a prestigious Chinese comprehensive university in the coastal city of Xiamen in Southeast China across the ocean from Taiwan. It enrolls about 28,000 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in over 30 colleges.
Yang has also started the lengthy process of working to propose a new Women’s Studies major. This proposal is built on the 30-year success of the Women’s Studies minor at IUP. For this new major proposal, Yang will be working with the Women’s Studies faculty and students (an interdisciplinary group), Dean Yaw Asamoah, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the larger university community and and the State System.
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