Academic Writing

If you do not have institutional access to any of the publications below, contact me and I’d be happy to email you a copy.

Featured Articles

Cheng, Wendy. “‘Landscapes of Beauty and Plunder: Japanese American Flower Growers and an Elite Public Garden in Suburban Los Angeles.” 2020. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 38:4, 699-717.

Cheng, Wendy. “‘This Contradictory but Fantastic Thing’: Student Networks and Political Activism in Cold War Taiwanese/America.” 2017. Journal of Asian American Studies 20:2, 161-191.

Other Selected Articles

Cheng, Wendy. “The Taiwan Revolutionary Party and Sinophone Political Praxis in New York.” 2019 (Fall). Amerasia Journal. Special issue on Asian American activism coedited by Diane Fujino and Robyn Rodriguez.

Cheng, Wendy. “The Changs Next Door to the Diazes: Suburban Racial Formation in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley.” 2013. Journal 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. [Download from]

Selected Book Chapters

Cheng, Wendy. “Of Railroads, Camps, and Strip Malls: Symbolic Landscapes of Asian America.” Essay with photos. California Dreaming: Movement and Place in the Asian American Imaginary. Edited by Christine Bacareza Balance and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns. University of Hawai’i Press, 2020. Pp. 261-279.

Cheng, Wendy. “Epilogue: Suburban Cosmopolitanism in the San Gabriel Valley.” East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, 1700 to 2017. Edited by Romeo Guzman, Carribean Fragoza, Alex Cummings, and Ryan Reft. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020. Pp. 297-308.

Selected Reviews

Cheng, Wendy. “Black Lives and Spatial Matters: Policing Blackness and Practicing Freedom in Suburban St. Louis (by Jodi Rios).” Book Review. 2021 (April 23). Urban Geography.

Cheng, Wendy and Juan De Lara. “Desert X: Settler Colonial Imaginaries of the Desert.” Event review. 2019 (December). American Quarterly.

Cheng, Wendy. “Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America” (by Chih-ming Wang). Book review. 2014. Journal of Asian American Studies 17:3: 382-85.

Cheng, Wendy. “New Topographics: Locating Epistemological Concerns in the American Landscape.” Event review. 2011. American Quarterly 63:1, 151-62.

Other (Selected)

Wendy Cheng and Chih-ming Wang. “Against Empire: Taiwan, American Studies, and the Archipelagic.” Introductory essay to coedited forum of same title. 2021. American Quarterly 73:2, 335-41.

Cheng, Wendy. “Refuting the Silences of Taiwanese/American History: The Case of Chen Yu-hsi.” Forum essay. 2021. American Quarterly 73:2, 343-48.

Cheng, Wendy. “Taiwanese Americans.” Encyclopedia entry. 2014. Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications.

Barraclough, Laura, and Wendy Cheng. “Democratizing Tourism, Illuminating Power: A People’s Guide to Los Angeles.” 2008. Progressive Planning 176 (Summer), 4-6.