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Chengyi “Coral” Wu, Ph.D. Candidate

“I think if I lived in New York, I wouldn’t have a problem: Everyone here speaks with an accent.”

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What are you studying?
Contemporary African literature. I’m at the University of Nevada, Reno.

What’s Reno like?
Well, it’s a casino town. The cultural part is a little … lacking.

And your students?
A lot of them have never been out of the state. When I moved from Taiwan to the U.S., I thought I was going to see the world, but Nevada really isn’t “the world.” My students write things on teacher evaluations like, “She has an accent.” I think if I lived in New York, I wouldn’t have a problem: Everyone here speaks with an accent.

Interview by Alexis Swerdloff


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