Hua Hsu

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Hua Hsu
Born Illinois
Residence Brooklyn
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Harvard University
Occupation Professor, writer
Employer Vassar College
The New Yorker
Notable work A Floating Chinaman

Hua Hsu is an Asian-American writer and academic. He is a tenured associate professor of English and director of American Studies at Vassar College and staff writer at The New Yorker. His work includes investigations of immigrant culture in the United States, as well as public perceptions of diversity and multiculturalism. He is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific.

Early life[edit]

A second generation Taiwanese American, Hsu was born in Illinois before moving to Plano, then Richardson, Texas.[1] His family then moved to southern California,[1] then ultimately Cupertino, California,[2] where his father was an engineer; his mother stayed at home with Hua.[1] The family lived in Cupertino from about the time Hua was nine to 18, though his father moved to Taiwan to pursue work and Hua often spent summers and other school vacations there.[3] In Cupertino, Hsu attended high school with Ben Cho, who went on to become a fashion designer.[4]

Hsu attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied political science.[1] He graduated in 1999.[1] He next attended Harvard University to study Asian-American literature in graduate school,[1] earning a PhD in the History of American Civilization department (American Studies) in 2008.[5] Louis Menand advised his dissertation,[6] entitled "Pacific Crossings: China, the United States, and the Transpacific Imagination."[5]

Career[edit]

Hsu is a tenured associate professor of English and director of American Studies at Vassar College[7] and contributor to The New Yorker. His work includes investigations of immigrant culture in the United States, as well as public perceptions of diversity and multiculturalism. Other research work and interests include studies of literary history and arts criticism.[8]

Hsu has been a fellow at New America, a public policy think tank and a contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Wire.[9][10][11] He is a board member of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.[12] His book, A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific,[13] was published in June 2016 by Harvard University Press.[14]

In 2017, Hsu became a staff writer at The New Yorker.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Hsu lives in Brooklyn.[16] He is married with a son.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Hsu, Hua (2016). A floating Chinaman : fantasy and failure across the Pacific. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP. 

Essays and reporting[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Episode 29: Professor and New Yorker Writer Hua Hsu by Mary H.K. Choi". Hey, Cool Job. March 16, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ http://blog.angryasianman.com/2016/06/angry-reader-of-week-hua-hsu.html
  3. ^ Hsu, Hua (June 18, 2012). "How Rock Ballads Brought My Father's American Dream To Life". NPR. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  4. ^ Hsu, Hua (2017-06-29). "Ben Cho, a New York Icon Who Gave Me a Sense of What's Possible". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Alumni Publications". American Studies – The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  6. ^ Mistry, Anupa (June 9, 2016). "Yaa Gyasi And Hua Hsu Talk About Writing". The Fader. Retrieved April 25, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Hua Hsu - English Department - Vassar College". english.vassar.edu. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  8. ^ "Vassar Faculty and Staff". Vassar English Department. Vassar College. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hua Hsu, New America Fellow". New America. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Authors: Hua Hsu". Slate. 
  11. ^ "Author: Hua Hsu". The Atlantic. 
  12. ^ Romano, Evan (2017-03-13). "Brooklyn 100 Influencer: Hua Hsu, The 'New Yorker'". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  13. ^ Nguyen, Viet Thanh (2016-07-22). "Reconsidering the Work of a Chinese Immigrant Writer of the 1930s". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  14. ^ "Contributors: Hua Hsu". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Hua Hsu". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  16. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture 2017". Brooklyn Magazine. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  17. ^ Online version is titled "Mackelmore, the hip-hop villain".
  18. ^ Online version is titled "Kendrick Lamar's holy spirit".
  19. ^ Online version is titled "Bjõrk's visions of an enchanted future".