Biography

Angie Chuang is a writer and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her debut nonfiction book, The Four Words for Home, was published by Willow Books, the literary imprint of Aquarius Press, in March 2014, as the winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize in Prose. The project also won the 2011 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award Second Place, and a 2007 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction.

Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Asian American Literary Review, Vela, The Root, Washingtonian magazine, CALYX, and multiple editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing and The Best Travel Writing. She is on the Journalism faculty of the American University School of Communication.

Chuang was a newspaper reporter for thirteen years, developing one of the first regional newspaper race and ethnicity issues beats for The Oregonian. As part of her reporting on American refugee and immigrant communities, she traveled to Afghanistan, Vietnam, and the post-Katrina Gulf Coast for stories. Her beatwork was recognized with national and regional awards, including honors from the Columbia Journalism School Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association, and the Society of American Travel Writers. She has also been a staff writer at The Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times.

Her academic work focuses on American Otherness, constructions of immigrant and minority identity in the news media. Her journal articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and Communication, Culture and Critique. She is frequently cited as an expert source on race and identity in national news media and reports.

Chuang has received fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jentel, Ragdale, and others.

In addition to writing and researching stories of immigrant Americans, Chuang is the daughter of Chinese American immigrants herself. Her father was born in Fujian, China, and her mother in northern Taiwan. She grew up in the Chinese American enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area, which figure prominently into chapters about her own youth and family in The Four Words for Home, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English literature at Stanford University.