F255. Not Disappearing into Americanness: Code-Switching as Cultural Preservation Through Language Conservation

Room 503, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Code-switching, the practice of moving between two or more languages, provides a space for multilingual writers to engage in both their ethnic and American mainstream culture. This panel shows readers how writers use the words of the “other,” combined with the words and phrases of the familiar, to add extra layers of meaning to their work. This panel explores how code-switching engages in both minority cultures and the American mainstream, and how the “outsider” can join the conversation.



Nayelly Barrios is a Rio Grande Valley native. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Puerto del Sol, The Paris-American, and elsewhere. She is coeditor in chief and founder of Ostrich Review.

Eric Nguyen received his MFA from McNeese State University. His fiction has been published in the Cossack, Jonathan, and Glitterwolf. He is a contributing writer to diaCRITICS.org.

Thomas Parrie is a member of the Choctaw-Apache tribe of Ebarb, LA. He seeks to preserve his people’s language and culture through poetry. He is a graduate of McNeese State University where he received his MFA.

Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez holds a BA in English and creative writing from CSU Long Beach. Her work has been published in the Acentos Review, Kweli, and Plath Profiles. She is currently pursuing a PhD in literature with a creative/critical emphasis at UC Santa Cruz.

M. Evelina Galang, author of One Tribe, Her Wild American Self and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award Advancing Human Rights, and is an advocate of WWII Comfort Women. She directs the MFA in creative writing at the University of Miami.


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