Author Janette Wu ’20 (Hunter) returns to Macaulay Honors College to talk about her book Letters to Home: A Memoir (& Other Stories by an ABC). In her attempt to bridge the immigrant transgenerational gap and highlight Asian American heritage, Wu explores how we chose to express love, grapple with life and death, and seek introspection in a redefined perspective on the survival mentality. Joining her in conversation will be Dr. Jean Park, a postdoctoral fellow for the Teaching and Learning Collaboratory at Macaulay Honors College.
Janette Wu is a first generation Chinese American, born and raised in New York City. She holds two separate bachelor’s degree in human biology and Chinese, from Macaulay Honors College, Hunter campus. After her capstone year abroad in China was abruptly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wu used her talent for storytelling to uplift ABC’s (American Born Chinese) voices and write her first book Letters to Home: A Memoir (& Other Stories by an ABC).
When she is not over-watering her second snake plant, she can be found hiking the nearest trails with her dog, Montao, or blogging on by-janette.com about her nostalgic days traveling abroad.
Jean Park is a postdoctoral fellow for the Teaching and Learning Collaboratory at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY. She earned her Ph.D. in the History & Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Exiled Envoys: Korean Students in New York City, 1907-1937,” studied the impact of the early Korean-American educational experience in the New York metropolitan area on the broader Korean independence movement. Park has presented her work at international conferences, colleges, and other scholarly forums. Her work on Asian-American educational histories in New York has been published online with The Gotham Center for New York City History, and she has a forthcoming article showcasing her recent role as a Bibliographic Assistant for the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation to be published with Charleston Hub’s Against the Grain. Park has served as a research fellow for the Center on History and Education at Teachers College and at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia, as well as a teaching assistant at Barnard College. Jean earned her B.A. from Princeton University, where she concentrated in U.S. History and received a Certificate in East Asian Studies.
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