Selected Publications

Landscape, Civic Memory, and Pedagogy

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; 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.

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. (Revision of Cheng, Wendy. “East of East: The Global Cosmopolitans of Suburban LA.” 2015. BOOM: The Journal of California 5:1, 20-28.)

Race and…?

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.

Taiwanese Migration and Diasporic Political Activism

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

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

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. DOI: 10.1080/00447471.2019.1665962

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.

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

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