Writing and Photography



The Changs Next Door to the Díazes
University of Minnesota Press, 2013

  • Winner of the Section on Asia and Asian America Book Award, American Sociological Association

 A People's Guide to Los Angeles 
by Laura Pulido, Laura Barraclough, and Wendy Cheng


  • Winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the Globe Award for Public Understanding of Geography, Association of American Geographers

Selected Articles and Essays (scholarly publications)

Cheng, Wendy. "The Changs Next Door to the Diazes: Suburban Racial Formation in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley." 2013Journal of Urban History 39:1, 15-35.

Cheng, Wendy. "Strategic Orientalism: Racial Capitalism and the Problem of 'Asianness.'" 2013. African Identities 11:2, 148-58. DOI:10.1080/14725843.2013.797284

Cheng, Wendy. "'Diversity' on Main Street? Branding Race and Place in the New 'Majority-Minority' Suburbs." 2010. Identities: Global Studies in Power and Culture 17:5, 458-496.

Cheng, Wendy; Laura Barraclough; and Laura Pulido. "Radicalising Teaching and Tourism: A People's Guide as Active and Activist History." 2010-2011 (Fall/Winter). Left History 15:1, 109-125. [pdf]

Cheng, Wendy. "'New Topographics': Locating Epistemological Concerns in the American Landscape." 2011. American Quarterly 63:1, 151-62.

Cheng, Wendy. "City of Quartz at 20: The Other Valley and Unincorporated Dreams." 2012. Human Geography 5:3, 88-93.

Articles and Essays (general readership)

South El Monte Arts Posse Reader, East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte: “A Brief History (and Geography) of the San Gabriel Valley"

The Feminist Wire:  "Silence Does Not Equal Absence: Lessons from Arizona"

Loggernaut: "Pankaj Mishra, Intellectual and Spiritual Vagrant" (interview with writer Pankaj Mishra)

Berfrois: "Ten Things You Should Know About Los Angeles" 

Los Angeles Review of Books: "The Black Panther Party Headquarters and Other Invisible Places" 

Loggernaut: "Karen Tei Yamashita: A Twist on the Mix" (interview with writer Karen Tei Yamashita)

Loggernaut: "Nina Revoyr's Los Angeles" (interview with writer Nina Revoyr)

Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities (book edited by John Brown Childs): "Language Matters: Hurricane Katrina and Media Responsibility" (with Michelle Denise Commander) 

Art by Cindy Kim

Art by Cindy Kim