Min Hyoung Song is the Chair of the English Department, Professor of English, and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Boston College, as well as a steering committee member of Environmental Studies and an affiliated faculty member of African and African Diaspora Studies.

He is the author of three books: Climate Lyricism (Duke, 2022), The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American (Duke, 2013) and Strange Future: Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots (Duke, 2005). 

Climate Lyricism–which considers how contemporary poetry and fiction, especially by Black, Native American, Asian American, and Latinx writers, can help readers develop a reading practice that allows them to focus on climate change as an everyday phenomenon–is open access, and can be read in its entirely by going to https://read.dukeupress.edu/books/book/2985/Climate-Lyricism. A physical version can also be purchased through the Duke UP website: https://www.dukeupress.edu/climate-lyricism


The Children of 1965 won the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Prize in Literary Criticism, the Alpha Sigma Nu Award in Literature and Fine Arts, and received an Honorable Mention for the Association for the Study of the Arts in the Present (ASAP) Book Prize.

In addition, he co-edited the Cambridge University Press series Asian American Literature in Transition (2021), which is meant to act as an essential guide for anyone developing a research project related in any way to Asian American literature. He also co-edited The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature (Cambridge, 2015) and Asian American Studies: A Reader (Rutgers, 2000), and has published academic articles in the journals MosaicTwentieth-Century LiteratureAmerican Literary History, LIT, and Legacy, as well as in numerous edited volumes of essays. He is the former editor of the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) and former director of the English MA program at BC.

Short essays by him can be found at the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, Public Books, The Chicago Review of Books, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  

His most recent essays are entitled “No Witness: Warrior and the Histories of Anti-Asian Violence” in the Los Angeles Review of Books and “Without Asian American Studies, We Can’t Understand American Racism” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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