Evelyn N Ch'ien

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Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien is an associate professor in the English department and a core faculty member of the Asian American studies program. Her research addresses vernacular literature in English and other languages, as well as literature that arises from diaspora, particularly in Asian-American, Chinese, and Taiwanese culture. Her recent book Weird English describes the ways in which a variety of contemporary authors play with syntax, grammar and orthography to invent new language. She has also published in The New Centennial Review, The Literary Review, Transtext(e)s/Transcultures: Journal of Global Cultural Studies; and the Review of International American Studies. Her work has been reviewed in Library Journal, Choice, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The New York Sun, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Morning Show at KPFA. In the classroom she teaches multicultural literature, Asian diaspora literature, and hip-hop composition and literature.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1999.


  • Minority literature
  • Asian and Asian American literature and film
  • Hip hop music and literature
Courses Taught
  • Expressions on the Margin
  • Experimental Language and Literature
  • Multicultural Literature Survey
  • Modern Literature Survey
  • Hip hop Sound and Literature
  • "Is English Getting Weirder?" Politics and Culture,, Ch'ien, Evelyn Nein-Ming, Jan. 2008.aspen.conncoll.edu/politicsandculture/page.cfm?key=610
  • "The Exploding Planet of Junot Diaz", Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien- Ming,Granta,, April 26, 2008.granta.com/Online-Only/The-Exploding-Planet-of-Junot-Diaz
  • "English is Getting Weirder and So R Wee" in English Today, 94, vol.24, No.2, June 2008 (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England)
  • "Symbolic Revolutions: Xu Bing and the Revolutions of His Language Art." Ch'ien, Evelyn Nien-Ming, Wasafiri, September 2008 (Routledge, London). Editor Suman Gupta, Professor and Chair of Asian Studies, Open University. September 2008
  • “Serving up McAmerica.“. Ch'ien, Evelyn, Author, February 2007.
  • L’art de Xu Bing: Ch'ien, Evelyn, Université de Lyon, Transtext(e)s-Transcultures, 3 , Spring 2007.
  • Intimate Decisions: Racial Profiling after 9-11 and in the Case of Wen Ho Lee.: Ch'ien, Evelyn, The New Centennial Review, 6.2 , 2006.
  • Weird English. Ch'ien, Evelyn, Harvard University Press, Author, 2004. Link
  • Lee Kwok Wai, “The Epi-Flower,““After the Quarrel,““At Night, Just Before Dawn,““Shards“. : Ch'ien, Evelyn, 2004, “Hong Kong issue.“ Literary Review, 47.4 .