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Upcoming Zoom presentation: 'What Laughter Tells Us: Asian Americans, Comedy, and Belonging'

UW English Professor Michelle Liu

UW English Professor Michelle Liu will be CWU's guest for a special Zoom presentation Tuesday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m.

Laughter shapes the way we listen to each other, and it can be a signal of who belongs—and who doesn’t. 

During a special Zoom presentation on Tuesday, October 18, University of Washington English Professor Michelle Liu will explore how humor can change the patterns of belonging that everyone in the United States has inherited.

While everyone finds different things funny, we all experience laughter. And what we find funny shapes how we interconnect. Liu will use clips of Asian American stand-up comedians to explain how we can turn to humor when we want to learn about how the past lives within us. Join Liu for a conversation about why laughing matters.

The HumanitiesWA presentation, co-sponsored by CWU Liberal Studies program, College of Arts and Humanities, and the English Department., begins at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. To register, click on this link.

Liu specializes in 20th-century American film and literature; ethnic and gender cultural studies; and Asian American studies. Her research interests focus on studying the mobilization of race and gender in creating narratives of national belonging. Her archival research is on American cultural productions about Asians in the late 19th and early 20th century, when the United States stood ready to translate its economic might into global political power.

More information: Xavier Cavazos,