Dr. Lan Wang-Hiles to Give Presentation on Education and Equality on March 28

Dr. Lan Wang-Hiles to Give Presentation on Education and Equality on March 28

WVSU Associate Professor of English Dr. Lan Wang-Hiles will give a presentation on “Education and Equality: Gender Role Changes Among East Asian Women in the US” on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in room 134 of the Wilson University Union. 

This presentation discusses immigration patterns of East Asian women to the United States. It explores how their pursuit of education has helped to bring about gender role transformations during different time periods. This presentation challenges stereotypes of East Asian Women, especially Chinese women, performing the traditional gender role of only serving families.  Education becomes an equalizer to their male counterparts, helping this group of women immigrants to change their lives in the United States while achieving specific goals.  It considers their contributions to society along with some hardships they have encountered. The presentation endeavors to promote gender, racial, and cultural equality.

Wang-Hiles, a Chinese native who has been living in the United States for 20 years, is an Associate Professor of English at West Virginia State University. Her research interests include second language writing, writing center theory and practice, multilingualism, and non-native English-speaking teacher identity. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books such as NYS TESOL Journal, MLA, TESL Reporter, the Michigan University Press, Multilingual Matters, Springer, and IGI Global, etc. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Nonnative English-Speaking Writing Instructors (NNESWIs) Standing Group at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), and a Higher Education Representative on the West Virginia TESOL Board. 

The presentation is sponsored by the National Center for Human Relations.
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