Beauty and Plunder: Landscape and Historical Memory in a Public Garden
An associate professor of American Studies, Wendy Cheng received her A.B.from Harvard University in English and American language and literature, her M.A.in geography from U.C. Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California.
A geographer and scholar of ethnic and American studies, her research focuses on race and ethnicity, comparative racialization, critical geography, urban and suburban studies, and diaspora. Her book, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California, develops a theory of regional racial formation through the experiences and perspectives of residents of majority non-white, multiracial suburbs, and won the 2014 Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America. Her co-authored book, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles, for which she was also the photographer, is a guide to sites of alternative histories and struggles over power in Los Angeles County. Her current research focuses on the political activism of Taiwanese student migrants to the U.S.
Adapted from https://www.scrippscollege.edu/academics/faculty/profile/wendy-cheng