Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a professor and chair of Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in Asian American, immigration, comparative racialization, women's, gender, and sexuality histories. She is the author of Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (2005), a biography of the first American-born Chinese woman physician, and Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era (2013), which examines the international travels of American antiwar activists during the U.S. War in Viet Nam and the political inspiration that decolonizing Asia offered to American radicals. She coedits a book series with Brill Press, Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race, and its inaugural volume Gendering the Trans-Pacific World (2017). She is also a coeditor of Women's America: Refocusing the Past (8th edition, 2015) and will become a new coeditor of Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, a major online resource in U.S. women's history. With Gwendolyn Mink, she is currently writing a political biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color in Congress and a cosponsor of Title IX.


  • Immigration and Illegality in the American Imagination *
  • Nurturing America’s Children: Patsy Takemoto Mink and Local/Global Models of Comprehensive Childhood Development
  • U.S. Feminisms in a Global Context
  • Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Feminisms: Radicalism, Liberalism, and Invisibility
  • Patsy for President: Patsy Takemoto Mink, Cold War Liberalism, and the Viet Nam War
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink and Antinuclear Activism: Cold War Militarism, Asian American Civic Inclusion, and Pacific Islander Sovereignty
  • The U.S. Congressional Women's Tour of China: Women's Internationalism and Cold War Diplomacy
  • Eldridge Cleaver Goes to Pyongyang, Hanoi, and Peking: Third World Internationalism and American Orientalism
  • Women's Internationalism and Radical Orientalism: The Indochinese Women's Conferences of 1971
  • A Vietnamese African American: Robert S. Browne and the Antiwar Movement
  • Was Mom Chung a "Sister Lesbian"? Asian American Gender Experimentation and Interracial Homoeroticism
  • From White Woman’s Burden to Orientalized Motherhood: The Strange Career of Dr. “Mom” Chung

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


“Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity”

This lecture, beginning with a short video produced by the speaker, was presented to the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Recorded in October 2009.

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