Professor Floyd Cheung in a Follow-up Conversation to Jennifer Ho

"Not Your Model Minority: Fighting Anti-Asian Racism and Yellow Peril Rhetoric in COVID Times"  

Tuesday, May 25, 2021   5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)



In a special one-hour lecture, Smith College Professor Floyd Cheung will discuss and expand upon professor Jennifer Ho's recent Presidential Colloquium lecture - "Not Your Model Minority: Fighting Anti-Asian Racism and Yellow Peril Rhetoric in COVID Times." Asian American Heritage Month (May 2021)  poignantly brings to the fore the urgency of this issue, namely the explosive increase in racism and hate crimes against Asian-Americans evoked by the COVID-19 pandemic.


In addition to his academic role at the college, as Professor of English and American Studies with a specialization in Asian American studies, Floyd Cheung is Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. He was instrumental in establishing the colloquium lecture by his colleague Jennifer Ho, who is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she directs the Center for Humanities in the Arts and serves as President of the Association for Asian American Studies.  


To maximize learning, Professor Cheung has asked that registered participants review the Colloquium proceedings, moderated by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney, in advance of the event. The recording is available at the following link: Additionally, he has requested that questions and comments be submitted in advance, wherever possible, via the Google.doc link, provided below. Professor Cheung will prepare and address these during the talk. 


Please submit questions and comments to the following document: (Provision of personal identifiers [names and/or email addresses] are optional.) 

About Floyd Cheung   

Floyd Chfloyd-cheung-square-portrait---claire-cheungeung is a professor of English language and literature and American studies and the founding chair of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Program. His scholarship focuses on the interpretation and recovery of early Asian American texts, and he has published several articles about and edited multiple volumes by forgotten and lesser-known authors.  In 2012, he was awarded Smith's Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. From 2014 to 2019, Cheung served as the director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning.

As vice president of the Office for Equity and  Inclusion, Cheung leads Smith College's initiatives to improve equity and inclusion for all students, staff and faculty. He is committed to developing within the community a growth mindset regarding inclusion work, acknowledging and addressing the emotional dimensions of equity and inclusion, and collaborating with everyone at Smith because "inclusion results from communal effort and is everyone's responsibility." Born in Hong Kong, Cheung grew up in Las Vegas.  He is also a published poet.   


Topic: Professor Floyd Cheung in a Follow-up Conversation to Jennifer Ho

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (ET)

Limit: 100 participants

Cost: Free to Members and Non-members


Click to Register

You must be registered before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 to join the event.

The Zoom link and password details will be shared by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the event and again, a few hours prior to the event.