Elena Chou is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her areas of research interest focus on the intersections between “race” and racialization, identity and representation, cultural studies and media and popular culture, particularly as they pertain to the identity and representation of the Asian diaspora specifically in Canada, but also more generally in white settler and other immigrant receiving societies. Her dissertation proposes to examine how ”race” continues to play an important role in producing and shaping the media and public cultural discourses which define Canadian culture within the context of multiculturalism, through an examination of the ways in which Asian-Canadians and Asian-ness are discursively constructed and represented as abject and/or “Other” in Canadian culture. She holds an MA in Sociology from York University and a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia.
Keywords: “Race” and racialization; identity and representation; cultural studies; media and popular culture; Asian Diaspora