#Asianfails and Asian Canadian Studies

  • Malissa Phung McMaster University


In this book review of Eleanor Ty's Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority and Roland Sintos Coloma and Gordon Pon's (Eds.) Asian Canadian Studies Reader, I evaluate the strengths and limitations of these contributions to the study of Asian North American culture and Asian Canadian Studies. Themes include Asian Canadian studies; model minority discourse; neoliberalism; #asianfail; Asian North American literature and cinema; youth culture; aging; refugees and immigrants

Author Biography

Malissa Phung, McMaster University
Malissa Phung received her PhD from the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.  As a sessional lecturer, she has taught upper-year undergraduate courses on critical race studies, Asian American literature, and Chinese Canadian studies at McMaster and University College.  Her doctoral project--Gold Mountain Myths: Diasporic Labour Narratives in Chinese Canadian Literature and Film--looks at representations of Chinese labour and exclusion under the framework of Asian-Indigenous relationality.  Currently she is privileged to be able to live and work on the territory of the Neutral, Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga peoples.  Prior to moving to this territory, she was born and raised on Treaty Six territory, where her family migrated as refugees under the auspices of the Canadian Private Sponsorship Program after the end of the Vietnam War, when they were pressured by the state to relocate on account of being Sino-Vietnamese settlers.