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Seminar: 'Troubling' American Women: A Coda
Date: 9 November 2011 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following seminar:

"Troubling" American Women: A Coda

Dr. Staci Ford
American Studies Programme

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2011
Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm
Venue: KK Leung Building  813
Language: English

Staci Ford is an Honorary Associate Professor in the American Studies program and the Department of History. Her latest book, Troubling American Women: Gender and Nation in Hong Kong was published by Hong Kong University Press this past Spring. She is also the author of Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting's An Autumn's Tale (HKUP 2008) and several articles on US, women's, and cultural history. She is interested in the ways in which gender, national identity, and ethnicity manifest in various types of cultural production, past and present.

Abstract: For nearly two centuries, ideas and stereotypes of "American" women have circulated in various contexts and have been in conversation with the histories and narratives of "real" women living on both sides of the Pacific. This paper begins by considering connections between gender, nation, and the cross-cultural encounter in Hong Kong across various historical eras. It will conclude with a brief consideration of the ways in which my research speaks to two recent examples of "troubling" American women living in the US and the public responses to their musings: UCLA undergraduate student Alexandra Wallace (whose YouTube rant about "Asian Hordes" talking on their mobile phones in the library drew global attention); and Yale University Law Professor Amy Chua, author of the controversial memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.


Please contact Dr. Adelyn Lim ( or Ms Christy Ho ( should there be any questions.

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