We are thrilled to welcome distinguished author and scholar Mr. Shawn Wong ('67) to campus this January; a pioneer in the field of Asian-American literature and currently a Professor of English at the University of Washington, Professor Wong has been on the UW faculty since 1984 where he has been the Director of the University Honors Program, Chair of the Department of English, and Director of the Creative Writing Program. Author of the award-winning novel, "Homebase," Professor Wong will work with many of our upper school history, English, and journalism classes while he is on campus.
Professor Wong will also be holding a special panel discussion with various TAS alumni on their writing process on January 14, at 4 pm. Open to the community, panelists include current upper school English teacher Brenda Lin ('94), author of "Wealth Ribbon"; Lin King ('12) an award-winning writer who is pursuing an MFA in fiction at Columbia University; Han Cheung ('99), who is an editor and contributing writer for The Taipei Times, a major English-language newspaper in Taipei; Linda Gail Arrigo ('66), who published the book "A Borrowed Voice;" and Shereen Lee ('19), another award-winning recent graduate and writer who was the editor-in-chief of the TAS student newspaper, The Blue & Gold, for two years.
Professor Wong will also be speaking about his experiences on Thursday, January 16, at 7:30 pm, an event that is open to all. Recently written about in The New York Times, The New York Times Style Magazine, The New Yorker, Author Magazine, and more, we are fortunate to have Professor Wong back on campus and willing to share his experiences with the community.
Special thanks to our PTA for making this visit happen through generous funding from their grants program.