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Linda E. Dwyer <Ledwyer@salisbury.edu>
Lecturer, Salisbury University
My geographical interests are two-fold. The first and primary interest lies in "Greater China" and its diaspora, both historically and in the current context. As an outgrowth of that interest, I have become interested in transnational families in the US. Theoretically, I am interested in the relationship among language, power, and the construction of culture. I am also working on the construction of personhood in relationship to the (re)production of culture within conditions of traumatic and/or massive sociocultural change. Massive change and crisis are also associated with migration. Thus, transnationalism, family, gender, identity, conflict, and social justice are allied interests.
Department of History
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
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East Asian History / Studies
Immigration History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Ph.D. Anthropology. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1999.
Major field of study: Sociocultural Anthropology.
Dissertation: "History, Meaning, and Power in the Taiwan Diaspora."
Based upon ethnographic fieldwork in southern California, the dissertation addresses the complexity of moral practice in the social construction of self, other, and community(ies) in the Taiwan diaspora. Dissertation Advisor: Bernard Gallin.
Awarded with honor.
M.A. Anthropology. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1997.
M.B.A. University of Alaska-Southeast, Juneau, Alaska, 1987.
B.A. Chinese Language and Literature; Asian Studies magna cum laude with distinction in major fields, Connecticut College, New London, CT, 1976.
Nominated: 2009 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, University of Maryland University College.
Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005-2006.
Phi Kappa Phi, 1989.
Phi Beta Kappa, 1975.
Winthrop Scholar, 1975.
NRF Title Six Foreign Language Fellowship (Chinese), Michigan State University, 1987-1990.
SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION:
"Confronting Hegemonies of Language: An Anthropologist as ESL Instructor for Generation 1.5 Immigrant Youth." In The Joy of Language: A Festschrift in Honor of the Students of David James Dwyer, East Lansing, MI, October 2006.
Chair. "Performing Culture in East Asia: Religion, Heritage, Memory, and Materiality." Panel for the National Conference of the American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Canada, November 2011.
"The Flotsam and Jetsam of Memory, Traces of Suffering, and Distant Shores of Self." Paper presented at National Conference of the American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Canada, November 2011.
Chair. "Human Rights for Women and Girls." Panel for Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. Princeton, NJ, October 2011.
Chair. "Family Affairs: Parents, Spouses, and Caregivers." Panel for Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. Princeton, NJ, October 2011.
"What's Love Got to Do with It: Social Justice, Globalization, and a Taiwan Woman's Experience." Paper presented at Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. Princeton, NJ, October 2011.
"Transnational/Global Kinship and Native Place among Taiwan Migrants: Where Do My Ancestors Lie?" Paper presented at Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. Villanova, PA, October 2009.
Chair. "Self and Identity in Taiwan, China, and Korea." Panel for the National Conference of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.C., November 2007.
"Colonial and Cold War Inequalities: Female Maturation, Identity, and Social Efficacy on Taiwan, 1940-1955." Paper presented at National Conference of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.C., November 2007.
"Rising Modern Women: Young Women of Mid-Twentieth Century Taiwan." Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. College Park, MD, October 2007.
with Tamara Jones. "Generation 1.5 Students in ESL Writing Classrooms." Presentation at TESOL 2005. San Antonio, TX, March 30-April 2, 2005.
"A Woman Warrior: Crossing Boundaries of Gender, Class and Nation." Paper presented at Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. Washington, D.C., October 2003.
"Multiple Modernities in Confrontation: Negotiating Self and Society in the Taiwan Diaspora." Paper presented at National Conference of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA, November 2000.
"Adjustments to a Moral Universe: Individual and Family in the Post-1965 Taiwan Diaspora to the United States." Paper presented at Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. Bloomington, IN, October 2000.
"Women Facing into the West Wind: Highly Educated Women and Social Change in Taiwan Today." Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast. Pomona, CA, June 1992.
WRITING in PROGRESS:
Trauma and Agency: Constructing Self and Society in East Asian Colonialism, War, and Diaspora.
Sumi Ch'en: Narrations of a Taiwan Woman's Life: Up from Margins of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Language in the Twentieth Century.
Lecturer, Salisbury University, Fall 2008-present.
Anthropology Courses: 100: Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics; 200: Topics in Anthropology (Applied Anthropology): 200: Topics in Anthropology (Gender); 201: Anthropological Survey (China);
201: Anthropological Survey (Cultures of the Yangtze River Basin); 215: Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft, 301: Anthropological Theory and Methods: 400: Individual Directed Study; 497: Undergraduate Research.
Honors Courses: Honr 312: Honor Research/Creative Project.
Modern Languages Courses: MDFL 101 (Chinese); MDFL 102(Chinese); Chinese 101; Chinese 102: Chinese 203.
Development of Sister School Exchange, China: Traveled with university leaders to Anqing Teachers College/Anqing University, Anhui, China to finalize a sister school agreement, Summer 2010; Traveled to Anqing Teachers College/Anqing University, Anhui, China to further develop cooperation with foreign language instructors and to develop a summer travel-study program in Anhui, Summer 2011.
Development of Permanent Chinese Language Courses: Developed and gained approval for permanent courses in four semesters of Mandarin Chinese instruction: Chinese 101, 102, 203, 204.
Volunteer Efforts: Founded and sponsored weekly conversational Chinese "teahouse" activities to bring together students of Chinese, faculty engaged in China related work, and Chinese speakers for language development, networking, and culturally related activities; Participate in support of the student-run Anthropology Association.
Mandarin Chinese. Professional level skills for anthropological research.
American Anthropological Association; Association for Asian Studies; Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies; Maryland-Anhui Sister-State Committee, Subcommittee for Education.
Borrego, Al and Linda Dwyer. "The Three R's of Building a Trade Bridge to China." Alaska Business Monthly. August 1986. vol 2(8): 36-37.
Dwyer, Linda E. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Office of International Trade. State of Alaska. U.S.-China Educational Exchanges. August, 1986.
Patten, Jo. Economic Analysis Section, Department of Commerce and Economic Development, State of Alaska. Alaska's Commercial Forest Resource. Translated into Chinese by Li Zheng Quan, Mark Poulsen, and Linda Dwyer, June 1986.