NATWA II Saturday Roundtable

“What ARE you? Navigating interracial identities and relationships.”

Saturday, April 20, 3:00pm-5:00pm


As a journalist and blogger, Grace Hwang Lynch explores the evolving relationship between immigrant cultures and mainstream America. A former television news reporter, she founded in 2008 to give voice to Asian mixed-race family issues. She serves as the News & Politics Editor for BlogHer.comand contributes to the parenting website, Whether writing about parenting, food or politics, Grace analyzes her subjects through the lens of culture and ethnicity. She was nominated for the Social Media Award by the Women’s Media Center. Her work has also been published by PBS and Salon, and the Taipei Times named her a Twitter account to follow.


MonicaZarazuaMonica Zarazua was born in Oscoda, Michigan in 1979. From my father’s side I am Mexican American (my great grandparents immigrated from Mexico). From my mother’s side I am Taiwanese American (my mother moved to the U.S. in her early 20’s). Because my father was in the U.S. Air force my home was on military bases, mostly in the U.S. I grew up around a lot of people who were racially and culturally mixed, and I also moved frequently. As an adult I find myself on the West Coast in Oakland, California where I’m currently teaching first grade. In addition to teaching, writing is an important part of who I am.


RoselynHsuehRoselyn Hsueh is an assistant professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Temple University. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she is based at U.C. Berkeley, where she has been awarded a Residential Faculty Research Fellowship. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of East Asian Studies and Boalt School of Law’s Center for the Study of Law & Society.

Prior to arriving at Temple, she served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for International Studies. Hsueh was also affiliated with the U.S.-China Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley in 2008; and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, where she conducted research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of World Economics and Politics between 2005 and 2006.

She is the author of China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization (Cornell University Press / Cornell Studies in Political Economy, 2011), a cross-industry examination of China’s distinctive integration into the international economy. Her dissertation, on which this book is based, was nominated by the U.C. Berkeley Department of Political Science for the Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation at the American Political Science Association.

Hsueh’s current research includes a comparative project examining the politics of market reform in China, India, and Russia in the post-liberalization era; a project on China’s foreign economic engagement and its political impact on the developing world; and an investigation of emerging capitalism and the social ramifications of economic control in China. She has an article in Comparative Political Studies (January 2012), comparing China and India; and she has published work on the impact of domestic ideas and politics on free trade arrangements between small and large countries, focusing analysis on Taiwan’s attempts at negotiating bilateral trade agreements. She has also conducted research on comparative democratization and authoritarianism.

When not doing research or teaching, Hsueh enjoys traveling around the world with her family, running on city streets, hiking in neighborhood hills, browsing bookstores, writing poetry, and cooking gourmet cuisine to satisfy her culinary curiosity.


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