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Julia Lee is a Korean American writer, scholar, and teacher. Her memoir, Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black and White America, is forthcoming from Henry Holt in April 2023. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. 

Longer bio: 

Julia Lee is a Korean American writer, scholar, and teacher. She is the author of Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals and The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, as well as the novel, By The Book, which was published under the pen name Julia Sonneborn. She is an associate professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches Black and Asian American literature. She lives with her family in Los Angeles. 


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“Summer Book Recommendations by NY Time Bestselling Author Qian Julie Wang.” The Today Show (May 26, 2023). Video link here.

“Briefly Noted.” Book Review. The New Yorker (May 22, 2023)

“Julia Lee, in ‘Biting the Hand,’ traces the fallout of straddling two different worlds.” By Rhoda Feng. Boston Globe (May 4, 2023)

“Biting the Hand: Korean American Author Calls for Weaponizing Invisibility.” NPR’s Morning Edition with Michel Martin

“Becoming Asian American: From Neither/Nor to Both/And.” By Jean Chen Ho. New York Times (April 18, 2023)

“Reckoning with Race.” By Emily Alford. Publishers Weekly (February 2023)

Midday Sunday: “Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals.” Fox 11 Los Angeles with Tony Valdez

Author Julia Lee joins Elvis Mitchell to discuss how a children’s show from the 1920s attempted to transcend racism.  “The Treatment” with Elvis Mitchell

“Our Gang” Chronicles Lives of African-American Actors in “The Little Rascals.” NPR’s All Things Considered with Robert Siegel

“The Complex Racial History of The Little Rascals. q with Shadrach Kabango, CBC Radio.

“The Little Rascals Revisited.” With Carrie Kaufman on KNPR State of Nevada.

“The Book Our Gang Reveals the Complicated Racial History of The Little Rascals. Tony Mostrom, LA Weekly (January 19, 2016)

 “Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals“: A New Book Offers a Different Perspective on the Feisty Crew of Kids. By Ann Hulbert, Atlantic Monthly (December 2015)

Review. Publishers Weekly (November 2015)

Weekly Q&A: COLOR VISION: UNLV English Professor Julia Lee Delves Into All Shades of America. Las Vegas Weekly (March 25, 2015)

“Why I Teach Black Literature.” An Interview with KNPR’s “State of Nevada.” (March 2015)

Korean Julia Lee Bring New Face to Black Literature. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (January 2014)