Narratives of East Asian Women Teachers of English: Where Privilege Meets Marginalization

Author: Gloria Park

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This book is a powerful narrative of how six women experienced their lives alongside their desire to overcome the challenging and empowering nature of the English language. The volume shares who they are as transnational and mobile women living in the midst of linguistic privilege and marginalization. It is one outcome of a research project and the lived experiences which surround and influence (and were influenced by) it. The author documents how she and her research partners began studying what had drawn them to US TESOL programs, and how English was and is a symbol of power and privilege, a symbol of educational access and a pursuit of equity, yet, at times, is also a symbol of linguistic marginalization.

Park is masterful at theorizing and documenting the lives of her research partners, and interweaving their stories with her evolving self-understanding of her rich and multifaceted personal and professional identity. This book is essential reading for those involved with the education of multilingual students becoming teachers of EAL.

Manka Varghese, University of Washington, USA

Through her revealing depiction of five East-Asian women in TESOL along with her own candid autobiographical reflection, Gloria Park opens a window onto the internal landscapes of a prominent group within the field who are often unheard and overlooked. She illuminates how transnational identities are (re)constructed through shifting intersections of privilege and marginalization. This work initiates a long-needed conversation around how uninterrogated practices within the academy can marginalize and silence the voices of many.

Sherrie Carroll, Montgomery College, USA

Intertwining themes from the story of her own shifting subjectivities with the narratives of her participants, Gloria Park provides thought-provoking support for teachers and teacher educators seeking to challenge static ideas about how privilege and marginalization are constituted and reconstituted within every layer of identity. An unconventional, fresh, stimulating read!

Suhanthie Motha, University of Washington, USA

Gloria Park is Professor of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her research interests include teachers' narrative inquiry and language teacher identity. 


Chapter 1: Rendering My Autobiographical Poetic Inquiry

Chapter 2: Exposing our Discourses of Privilege and Marginalization: Gender, Race, Class Connections to Teaching English

Chapter 3: "Writing is a Way of Knowing" in Promoting Evocative-Genres of Inquiry: Methodological Choices                                                                                         

Chapter 4: Where Privilege meets Marginalization in Han Nah's Lived Experiences: Navigating her Multiple Gendered Identities

Chapter 5: Where Privilege meets Marginalization in the Narratives of Liu, Xia and Yu Ri: Exploring their Linguistic and Teacher Identities

Chapter 6: Being Critical of and Learning from the Women's Narratives: Where Privilege Intersects Marginalization


Appendix A: Guidelines for Electronic Reflective Autobiographical Narratives

Appendix B: Guidelines for Electronically Journaling Educational Incidents

Appendix C: Interview Questions


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