Sunhay You

Assistant Professor

Sunhay You is a transnational feminist scholar who examines the political and ethical implications of Asian/American cultural formations and phenomena, especially as they articulate erotic desires and pleasures in the aftermath of colonial-imperial violence. She is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled The Uses of Revenge, which examines how representations of vengeful Asian/American women track unexpected interethnic and interracial intimacies in the aftermath of US imperial interventions in Asia. These representations at once clarify and unsettle distinctions between friend and foe to negotiate the ways US empire induces states of complicity. Her research has been published in American Literature and Post45 Contemporaries
 
Growing out of her research interests, her teaching provides students with a transnational and feminist orientation to Asian/American literature and studies. 

Academic areas of interest

Comparative race and ethnic studies; transnational Asian/American studies; Korean and Korean/American diasporic literature and culture; US Empire; transnational and postcolonial feminisms; queer of color critique; feminist and queer theory; critical theory; Asian queer and feminist studies; community-engaged research and learning 

Courses

Fall 2024 Courses

LAS E101-15 - FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR
Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

LAS E101-15

FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR

Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: TF | 1:10 PM - 2:40 PM Instructor(s): Sunhay You Location(s): College Building, Room 431 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

An introduction to literary study that helps students develop the skills necessary for college-level reading, writing, research and critical thinking. Through exposure to a variety of literary forms and genres, historical periods and critical approaches, students are taught how to read closely, argue effectively and develop a strong writing voice. The course is reading and writing intensive and organized around weekly assignments. There are no waivers for LAS-E101 except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent college course.

First-year Students are pre-registered for this course by the department.

Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Transfer Students register into designated section(s).

Major Requirement | BFA

LAS E101-16 - FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR
Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

LAS E101-16

FIRST-YEAR LITERATURE SEMINAR

Level Undergraduate
Unit Literary Arts and Studies
Subject Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: TF | 2:50 PM - 4:20 PM Instructor(s): Sunhay You Location(s): College Building, Room 431 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

An introduction to literary study that helps students develop the skills necessary for college-level reading, writing, research and critical thinking. Through exposure to a variety of literary forms and genres, historical periods and critical approaches, students are taught how to read closely, argue effectively and develop a strong writing voice. The course is reading and writing intensive and organized around weekly assignments. There are no waivers for LAS-E101 except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent college course.

First-year Students are pre-registered for this course by the department.

Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Transfer Students register into designated section(s).

Major Requirement | BFA

GAC 385G-01 / LAS E385-01 - RACE SEX AND SPIRIT
Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

GAC 385G-01 / LAS E385-01

RACE SEX AND SPIRIT

Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: F | 9:40 AM - 12:40 PM Instructor(s): Sunhay You Location(s): Auditorium, Room 522 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Meditation, yoga, tai-chi, and Ayurveda are just a few spiritual-based practices that have traveled to the US along with Asian immigrants. The business of meditation alone constitutes a billion-dollar industry in the US. With the growing commercial use of these Asian spiritual traditions and questions around cultural appropriation and erasure, a body of Asian diasporic and American artistic works have developed that deploy these same traditions to intervene in US structures of racial-sexual violence. Elements of shamanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, indigenous and folk religions make their way into Asian diasporic and American literatures and cultures to transform colonial-imperial concepts of race, gender, and sexuality. How do these other cosmologies for understanding difference shape the liberatory visions of displaced peoples and how they seek to intervene in the legacies of colonialism and imperialism? To launch our inquiry, we will first situate ourselves in Black, indigenous, and postcolonial feminist perspectives on the intersections between spirituality and social justice. We will then delve into the more specific transnational Asian diasporic and American cultural engagements with those same themes. In this shift, we attempt to hold onto the liberatory potential of spiritualized politics while navigating how spirituality and religion has often been used to enforce racial-sexual hierarchies of difference.

Eligible undergraduates should register for LAS credit (LAS course number).

Elective

GAC 385G-01 / LAS E385-01 - RACE SEX AND SPIRIT
Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

GAC 385G-01 / LAS E385-01

RACE SEX AND SPIRIT

Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures Literary Arts and Studies
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: F | 9:40 AM - 12:40 PM Instructor(s): Sunhay You Location(s): Auditorium, Room 522 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Meditation, yoga, tai-chi, and Ayurveda are just a few spiritual-based practices that have traveled to the US along with Asian immigrants. The business of meditation alone constitutes a billion-dollar industry in the US. With the growing commercial use of these Asian spiritual traditions and questions around cultural appropriation and erasure, a body of Asian diasporic and American artistic works have developed that deploy these same traditions to intervene in US structures of racial-sexual violence. Elements of shamanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, indigenous and folk religions make their way into Asian diasporic and American literatures and cultures to transform colonial-imperial concepts of race, gender, and sexuality. How do these other cosmologies for understanding difference shape the liberatory visions of displaced peoples and how they seek to intervene in the legacies of colonialism and imperialism? To launch our inquiry, we will first situate ourselves in Black, indigenous, and postcolonial feminist perspectives on the intersections between spirituality and social justice. We will then delve into the more specific transnational Asian diasporic and American cultural engagements with those same themes. In this shift, we attempt to hold onto the liberatory potential of spiritualized politics while navigating how spirituality and religion has often been used to enforce racial-sexual hierarchies of difference.

Eligible undergraduates should register for LAS credit (LAS course number).

Elective