I'm a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and the author of three books: The Racial Railroad (NYU Press, 2022), Understanding Maxine Hong Kingston (Univ of South Carolina Press, 2018), and Interracial Encounters (NYU Press, 2011). My research is in American literary fiction with a specialization in Asian American literatures and African American literatures. I teach broadly in Asian American studies, including courses on Asian American Communities, Asian American Popular Culture, and Korean American experience. Two of my books have been featured on the NBN and I have always enjoyed listening to the podcast. I have also noticed of late that there isn't a host who is dedicated to New Books in Asian American Studies. I would enjoy reading the latest books in this vibrant and diverse and talking to the writers and thinkers of these extraordinary works.