Bunkong Tuon

Tuon2013Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
(518) 388-6044
Karp Hall 108



Special interests:  I was born several years before the Khmer Rouge takeover in Cambodia  and, in 1979, left with my extended family for the Thailand-Cambodia,  where I spent several years in refugee camps before immigrating to the  United States in 1982.  I earned a BA in Comparative Literature from  CSULB in 2000, and a MA and a PhD, also in Comparative Literature, from the University of Massachusetts in 2008.  My research interests  are in the fields of Asian American studies, Southeast Asian American literature and history, trauma studies, testimonial discourse,  creative writing, translation theory and practice, and folklore studies.

At Union College, I teach courses in Asian-American literature and history, Southeast Asian American literature and history, the Viet Nam War, ethnic literature, and Kingston & Morrison.   My articles on Southeast Asian American authors, the Vietnam War, and translation studies are published in MELUS, Mosaic, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Postcolonial Text, Pedagogy, and Culture and Poetics.

In addition to my scholarship on  Southeast Asian-American literature and history, I also publish creative nonfiction and poetry. My forthcoming publications include Nerve Cowboy, Mas Tequila Review, Silver Birch Press, Chiron Review, New York Quarterly, and Patterson Literary Review. Gruel, my first full-length collection, is forthcoming from NYQ Press.

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