Department of English
207 Lind Hall
207 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3363

College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien

an image of the cover of Evelyn's Ch'ien's book Weird English


Associate Professor

Ph.D. English, University of Virginia, 1999

110B Lind Hall

Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien is an associate professor in the English department and a core faculty member of the Asian American studies program. Her research addresses vernacular literature in English and other languages, as well as literature that arises from diaspora, particularly in Asian-American, Chinese, and Taiwanese culture. Her recent book Weird English describes the ways in which a variety of contemporary authors play with syntax, grammar and orthography to invent new language. She has also published in The New Centennial Review, The Literary Review, Transtext(e)s/Transcultures: Journal of Global Cultural Studies; and the Review of International American Studies. Her work has been reviewed in Library Journal, Choice, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The New York Sun, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Morning Show at KPFA. In the classroom she teaches multicultural literature, Asian diaspora literature, and hip-hop composition and literature.

Department Affiliations

English; Asian American Studies Program

Areas of Expertise

Minority literature; Asian and Asian American literature and film; Hip hop music and literature

Selected Publications

Weird English. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Cloth April 2004. Paperback 2005.

“Serving up McAmerica.” Review of International American Studies. (February 2007).

“L’art de Xu Bing.” Transtext(e)s-Transcultures. Université de Lyon 3. (Spring 2007).

“Intimate Decisions: Racial Profiling after 9-11 and in the Case of Wen Ho Lee.” The New Centennial Review 6.2 (2006).

Lee Kwok Wai, “The Epi-Flower,” “After the Quarrel,” “At Night, Just Before Dawn,” “Shards”. Trans Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien, Anne Ho, Lawrence Ch’ien and Christine Lin. “Hong Kong issue.” The Literary Review 47.4 (Summer 2004).

Wong Bikwan, “She’s a Woman and I’m Also a Woman” Trans. Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien and Christine Lin. The Literary Review 48.1 (Fall 2004).


Graduate Courses

Expressions on the Margin

Undergraduate Courses

Experimental Language and Literature
Multicultural Literature Survey
Modern Literature Survey
Hip hop Sound and Literature