Language and Identity

This month, NYU Shanghai welcomes guests who will explore issues in Language & Identity, including a film screening of Talking Black in America on February 22nd, and a panel discussion on February 27th that investigates the relationship between language and our collective and personal identities.

Are you intrigued by these topics or looking for more reading, including fiction and memoir? Check out these books from NYU:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Native Speaker
Chang-Rae Lee

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Typical American
Gish Jen

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Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language
Eva Hoffmann

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French Lessons: A Memoir
Alice Yaeger Kaplan

Available as an ebook

Hunger of Memory
Richard Rodriguez

Request it!

How the García girls lost their accents
Julia Alvarez

Request it!

When I was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago

Request it!

Chinese Englishes: A Sociolinguistic History
Kingsley Bolton

Request it!

Dialects at School: Educating Linguistically Diverse Students
Jeffrey Reaser, Carolyn Temple Adger, Walt Wolfram, Donna Christian

Available as an ebook

China and English Globalisation and the Dilemmas of Identity
Joseph Lo Bianco, Jane Orton, Gao Yihong

Available as an ebook

Don’t forget about our scholarly journals! Keep up with recent research trends in journals like these:

Library system outage Jan 12 to Jan 13

Due to a planned power shutdown at Bobst Library in New York City, several library systems will be unavailable starting at 3 AM on Saturday, January 12 through approximately 3 AM Sunday, Jan. 13.

Services affected include Library catalog (BobCat), ejournals, ebooks, databases, My Library Account and Interlibrary Loan services. Please plan your research accordingly. In the meantime, our library website will still be available.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Scheduled Library System Maintenance, Thurs, Jan 3rd.

Due to system maintenance, several library systems will be unavailable starting at 5PM on Thursday, January 3.

Services affected include Library catalog (BobCat), ejournals, ebooks, databases, My Library Account and Interlibrary Loan services. Please plan your research accordingly. In the meantime, our library website will still be available.

We expect systems will be down until approximately 10PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Hours During Winter Break

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will open from 9 AM to 5 PM during the winter break. Please be advised that it will close during Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday.

Hope you have a wonderful winter break and happy holidays!

NYU Shanghai Library

Inspired to research after seeing “I want to see the manager”?

Economics is a study of scarcity or distribution, often by weighing the costs and benefits of an action or inaction. If this documentary inspires you to research this topic more, the books below are a good place to start. Some are online; others are on 4F.

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Make an appointment with a librarian to find additional resources.

If you missed the movie, the DVD lives on 4F where we have a movie viewing room. Bring your own headphones and ask at the desk.




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Library Hours for Thanksgiving

Dear Faculty, Student and Staff,

During Thanksgiving, NYU Shanghai Library will be closed from Nov. 22 to 25. We will resume regular service hours on Monday, Nov.26.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at, or use the chat widget on the library website. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

NYU Shanghai Library

Ally Week: Deaf Culture

Be an Ally. Learn about the Deaf Community.  Explore the abilities and lifestyles of people experiencing limited hearing.

I was lucky enough to grow up near a university with a degree in translation, including ASL (American Sign Language). If you are interested in languages, comparing the differences between German-based sign languages, such as ASL, and later languages, such as British Sign Language, and the histories behind their diverse developments, it is a rich subject.

The films focused on children.  If you are inspired to research, the following links are a good start.

Approaches to Social Research: The Case of Deaf Studies. Alys Young and Bogusia Temple.  Oxford University Press, 2014.  Shanghai Main H62 .Y6668 2014

Diversity in Deaf Education. Eds. Marc Marschark, Venetta Lampropoulou, and Emmanouil Skordilis, Oxford, 2016.

Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity.  HDL Bauman and JJ Murray.  University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

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Asako I & II: Borders and the Self in Cinema

How does one know “Who am I?”  What does it mean to know “Who are you?” If the

film inspires you to study film or philosophy, the library is here to help.  Read on to find our best bets for researching directors, screenplays, and movie-making worldwide (including film streaming services to watch on your laptop) or try some books online or on paper.

Be sure to read Simone de Beauvoir’s introduction to The Second Sex  (2 copies on 4F at HQ1190 .S42 1997) and Dejima and Gilbreath’s chapter, “Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Japanese Literature” in Japan after 3/11: Global Perspectives on the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Meltdown.

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History can be a fascinating lens to study every facet of life.  History of science brings alive the changes in scientific thinking.  History of literature follows the development of stories, plot devices, formats, and distribution.  Studying history helps us find the facts inside folklore.  If you are inspired to research start with these resources.  Then follow up with a librarian, in person on 4F or online.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly. 52 mins.  Media Education Foundation. 2014

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts.  Maxine Hong Kingston. Vintage, 1989.  Shanghai CT275.K5764 A33 1989

The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the end of Innocence.  Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

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