March 30, 2023


LOS ANGELES — Book Talk for “Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature”, featuring author Erin Khuê Ninh. 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at UCLA Haines Hall Room 39. A book signing and light reception will follow in UCLA Haines Hall Room A24.

Please join the UCLA Asian American Studies Center for a special book talk and signing for Ingratitude by erin Khuê Ninh!

Anger and bitterness pervade many a narrative by second-generation Asian American daughters, despite their largely unremarkable upbringings. In Ingratitude, erin Khuê Ninh explores this apparent paradox, locating in the origins of these women’s maddeningly immaterial suffering not only racial hegemonies but also the structure of the immigrant family itself. Through readings of different texts, Ninh offers not an empirical study of intergenerational conflict so much as an explication of the subjection and psyche of the Asian American daughter. She connects common literary tropes to their theoretical underpinnings in power, profit, and subjection.

erin Khuê Ninh earned a BA and PhD in English from UC Berkeley. She is an Associate Professor for the Departments of Asian American Studies and English at UC Santa Barbara.


Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The event is co-sponsored by UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women.
Special thanks to Professor JP DeGuzman and Asian American Studies 10.



Book Talk | Death Beyond Disavowal: The Impossible Politics of Difference by Grace Hong(UCLA, March 3)

Reception | Color of Wealth in LA Report Launch Event (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch, March 10)

Forum | The Suyama Project (Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, March 12)

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