I am an Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing in the Department of English at Virginia Tech, where I teach professional writing, intercultural communication, and feminist interaction design, and where I research the cultural politics of information design, institutional rhetoric, and Asian American rhetoric. My research and teaching is backed by seven years of industry experience as a document designer and professional writer. I am also Co-Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Asian/Asian American Caucus.
My current major research project is a study of affect and emotional labor on the academic job market. I have presented on wide ranging topics including the rhetorics of cosmetic surgery, composition of mixtapes, cultures of BitTorrent communities, and graduate student professional development at national conferences across disciplines like rhetoric and composition, technical communication, computers and writing, digital humanities, and Asian American studies. My scholarship has been published in College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and the International Journal for the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning. Forthcoming work includes Building a Community, Having a Home, an edited collection documenting a history of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus (New City Community Press and Parlor Press), and a book chapter in Michael Salvo and Liza Potts’ Rhetoric and Experience Architecture.
I was born and raised in Waipahu and Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where I lived for most of my life, and where I first became interested in language, computers, and culture. One of my earliest forays into document design was in 1994, when I designed the program for my eighth grade banquet, and I first learned html so I could customize my AsianAvenue.com page. I am of Korean (second generation) and Japanese (fourth generation) American ancestry.