Y-Dang Troeung specializes in transnational Asian literatures, critical refugee studies, and global south studies. Her work has a specific focus on genealogies of colonialism, war, and militarism in Southeast Asia and its diasporas. She is interested in how literary and cultural representations mediate knowledge of the Cold War, old and new, as it has played out in the “hot war” regions of Asia and the transpacific. She is currently completing a book manuscript on refugee lifeworlds and Cambodia. At UBC, she is a faculty affiliate of the Asian Canadian Studies and Migration Program (ACAM) and the Social Justice Institute. In 2020-2021, she will be a PW Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Course taught this academic year are:
Troeung, Y-Dang and Madeleine Thien. “‘To the Intellectuals of the West’: Rithy Panh’s The Elimination and Genealogies of the Cambodian Genocide.” Special Issue on “The Work of Return” (edited by Nadine Attewell and Sarah Trimble). Topia-Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Issue 35 (Spring 2016): 155-171.
Troeung, Y-Dang & Christopher Patterson. “The Psyche of Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Queering Memory and Reproduction in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. Volume 42, Number 1 (March 2016): 73-98.
Troeung, Y-Dang. “Buried History and Transpacific Pedagogy: Teaching the Vietnamese Boat People’s Hong Kong Passage.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. Volume 46, Number 1-2 (2015): 239-255.
Troeung, Y-Dang. “Iterations of War and its Literary Counterforces: Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan and Kosal Khiev’s Why I Write.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Volume 40, Number 2 (2015): 96-116.
Troeung, Y-Dang. “Human Rights and the Literary Self-Portrait: Vann Nath’s A Cambodian Prison Portrait: One Year in the Khmer Rouge’s S-21. Rethinking History: Journal of Theory and Practice. Volume 19, Number 2 (2015): 235 – 251.
Troeung, Y-Dang, Phanuel Antwi, Sarah Brophy, and Helene Strauss. “Introduction: Postcolonial Intimacies: Gatherings, Disruptions, Departures.” Special Issue on “Postcolonial Intimacies” (edited by Phanuel Antwi, Sarah Brophy, and Helene Strauss). Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Volume 15, Number 1 (2013): 1-9.
Troeung, Y-Dang. “Witnessing Cambodia’s Disappeared.” Special Issue on “Writing the Foreign in Canadian Literature and Humanitarian Narratives”: University of Toronto Quarterly (edited by Smaro Kamboureli). Volume 82, Number 2 (2013): 150 – 167.
Troeung, Y-Dang. “‘A gift or a theft depends on who is holding the pen’: Postcolonial Collaborative Autobiography and Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt. Special Issue on “Theorizing Asian American Fiction”: Modern Fiction Studies (edited by Stephen Hong Sohn, Paul Lai, and Donald Goellnicht). Volume 56, Number 1 (2010): 91-108.
Troeung, Y-Dang. “Forgetting Loss in Madeleine Thien’s Certainty. Canadian Literature. Number 206 (2010): 91-108.