Floyd Cheung

Professor of English Language & Literature and American Studies

Floyd Cheung

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2019
Tuesday, 3–4 p.m., Wednesday, 1:30–3:45 p.m.
And by appointment.

Wright Hall 217



Ph.D., M.A., Tulane University

B.A., Whittier College


In addition to teaching English language and literature and American studies, Floyd Cheung is also a member of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Program, for which he served as the founding chair. In 2012, he was awarded Smith’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. From 2014 to the present, Cheung has been serving as the director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning.

Born in Hong Kong, Cheung grew up in Las Vegas. At Smith he teaches courses in American literature, American studies and Asian American literature and culture. In each of these fields, Cheung has published articles in academic journals. He is particularly interested in the interpretation and recovery of early Asian American texts, and he has published several articles about and edited multiple volumes by forgotten or lesser-known authors. Cheung also writes poetry.

Edited Volumes

Co-editor, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Editor, H. T. Tsiang’s novel The Hanging on Union Square. Penguin Classics, 2019.

Co-editor with Frank Abe and Greg Robinson of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.

Editor, H. T. Tsiang’s novel And China Has Hands. Kaya Press, 2016.

Editor, Sadakichi Hartmann: Collected Poems, 1886-1944. Little Island Press, 2016.

Editor, H. T. Tsiang’s novel The Hanging on Union Square. Kaya Press, 2013.

Co-editor of Kathleen Tamagawa’s memoir, Holy Prayers in a Horse’s Ear. Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Co-editor with Lavina Dhingra, and chapter contributor, Naming Jhumpa Lahiri: Canons and Controversies. Lexington-Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

Co-editor with Keith Lawrence, and chapter contributor, Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature. Temple University Press, 2005.

Editor, H. T. Tsiang’s novel And China Has Hands. Ironweed Press, 2003.

Selected Essays

Author, "Preparatory Notes as a Way to Individualize Teaching and Learning." The National Teaching and Learning Forum 28.3 (2019): 1-3.

Author, "The Origins of Chinese American Autobiography." The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature. Ed. Min Song and Rajini Srikanth (Cambridge University Press, 2016), 39-54.

Author, "H. T. Tsiang: Literary Innovator and Activist." Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies 2 (2011).

Author, "Reclaiming Mobility: Japanese American Travel Writing after the Internment." Studies in Travel Writing 12.2 (2008): 137-165.

Author, "Anxious and Ambivalent Representations: Nineteenth-Century Images of Chinese American Men." Journal of American Culture 30.3 (2007): 293–309.

Co-author with Bill Peterson, "Psychology and Asian American Literature: Application of the Life Story Model of Identity to No-No Boy." CR: The New Centennial Review 6.2 (2006): 191- 214.

Author, "Early Chinese American Autobiography: Reconsidering the Works of Yan Phou Lee and Yung Wing." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies18 (2003): 45-61.

Author, "Negative Attraction: The Politics of Interracial Romance in The Replacement Killers." Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture 1.2 (2002).

Author, "Performing Exclusion and Resistance: Anti-Chinese League and Chee Kung Tong Parades in Territorial Arizona." TDR: The Drama Review 46.1 (2002): 39-59.

Author, "Imagining Danger, Imagining Nation: Postcolonial Discourse in Rising Sun and Stargate." Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies 2.2 (1998).

Author, "Les Cenelles and Quadroon Balls: Hidden Transcripts of Resistance and Domination in New Orleans, 1803-1845." Southern Literary Journal 29.2 (1997): 5-16. 

Selected Poems

Author, "Petra Lay Awake All Night." Eclectica Magazine 23.2 (2019).

Author, "What We Learned at Boy Scout Summer Camp, Southern Utah, 1982." Apple Valley Review (Fall 2017).

Author, "A New State of the Union." Matter (2017).

Author, Jazz at Manzanar. Finishing Line Press, 2014.

Author, "At Queen’s Bakery, Los Angeles." qarrtsiluni (Jan. 2011).

Author, "Names of the Dead." New Verse News (3 Dec. 2009).