This essay deploys a disruptive moment of giving up tenure to rethink silence and voice in the context of institutional whiteness from the standpoint of a racialized Asian/immigrant/woman faculty. I narrate moments during my first tenure-track years weathering the quiet and invisible storms of whiteness at a historically white institution in the Midwestern United States. In (re)writing my story, I (re)orient my identity as an immigrant Other in US academia, reclaiming my family's oral history to inform my ways of speaking in/with comforting silence. I conclude with a discussion of racialized acts of speaking (up) as an interactive rather than singular moment.
“Why Don't You Speak (Up), Asian/Immigrant/Woman?” Rethinking Silence and Voice through Family Oral History
Yea-Wen Chen is Associate Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. I would like to thank the editors and two anonymous reviewers for their generous comments and insightful suggestions. I must also extend my deepest gratitude to my paternal grandfather (陳乾) for serving as inspiration for this essay. Correspondence to: Yea-Wen Chen, School of Communication, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yea-Wen Chen; “Why Don't You Speak (Up), Asian/Immigrant/Woman?” Rethinking Silence and Voice through Family Oral History. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2018; 7 (2): 29–48. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.2.29
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