WENYANG SUN portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Education, Culture & Society
  • Faculty Affiliate, Asian Studies Program
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Publications

  • Wang, X., & Sun, W. (2021). Unidirectional or inclusive international education? An analysis of discourses from U.S. international student services office websites. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Accepted, 09/05/2021.
  • Kwon, J., & Sun, W. (2021). Transnational lives of Asian immigrant children in multicultural picture books. Young Children. Vol. 76, 24-31. Published, 09/01/2021.
    https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/fall2021
  • Sun, W., & Wang, X. (2021). A raciolinguistic analysis of the promotion of dual language education in a new Latinx South state. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Published, 07/14/2021.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01596...
  • Sun, W., & Rong, X. L. (2021). English education reform in Asian countries. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Published, 05/26/2021.
    https://oxfordre.com/education/view/10.1093/acrefo...
  • Sun, W., & Kwon, J. (2020). Representation of monoculturalism in Chinese and Korean heritage language textbooks for immigrant children. Language, Culture, and Curriculum. Vol. 33, 402-416. Published, 11/2020.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/079083...
  • Cervantes-Soon, C. G. & Gambrell, J. A., Kasun, G. S., Sun, W., Freire, J., & Dorner, L. (2020). “Everybody wants a choice” in dual language education of el Nuevo Sur: Whiteness as the gloss for everybody in media discourses of multilingual education. Journal of Language, Identity & Education. Published, 06/2020.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15348...
  • Sun, W. (2019). From the Editorial Board: Multilingualism for all or tools for gentrification? Call for the examination of dual language programs in secondary education. The High School Journal. Vol. 102, 263-266. Published, 06/2019.
    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/739399
  • Sun, W., & Rong, X. L. (2018). Globalization, national identity, and multiculturalism and multilingualism: Language policy and practice in education in Asian countries. In A. Bonnet & P. Siemund (Eds.), Foreign languages in multilingual classrooms (pp. 99-123). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Published, 06/2018.
    https://benjamins.com/catalog/hsld.7.05sun
  • Rong, X., Hilburn, J., & Sun, W. (2017). Immigration, demographic changes and schools in North Carolina from 1990 to 2015: Transformations to a multiethnic, global community. In X. L. Rong & J. Hilburn (Eds.), Immigration and education in North Carolina: The challenges and responses in a new gateway state (pp. 3-24). Boston, MA: Sense. Published, 06/2017.
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-6...
  • Liu, S., Sun, W., & Barrow, E. (2017). Promises and practices: A case study on compulsory education policy implementation in a large migrant-inflow city in China. In W. T. Pink & G. W. Noblit (Eds.), Second international handbook of urban education (pp. 133-149). New York: Springer. Published, 06/2017.
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-31...

Research Statement

My research focuses on language ideologies and the social context of language and literacy education for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. In particular, my research is grounded in critical race theory and critical pedagogy to explore how the larger sociopolitical contexts shape the experiences of language-minoritized communities. The scope of my research also expands to analyze the critical language issues in the field of dual language education, heritage language curriculum, immigrant/migrant education, and international education. 

Research Keywords

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigrants
  • English as a Second Language
  • Bilingualism & Biliteracy
  • Bilingual or Bicultural Education
  • Asian Studies
  • Asian American Studies

Presentations

  • Sun, W., & Wang, X. (2021, April). A raciolinguistic analysis of the promotion of dual language education in North Carolina. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2021.
  • Rong, X., & Sun, W., & Cong, H. (2021, April). The shortage of Asian American teachers in K–12 schools: Trends, patterns, causes, and recommendations. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2021.
  • Sun, W. (2021, April). Chinese immigrant parents’ family language policy as shaped by their racialized experiences: An AsianCrit perspective. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2021.
  • Kwon, J., & Sun, W. (accepted & withdrawn). In and Out of a Chinese-English Dual Language School: A Trilingual Child’s Language and Literacy Experiences. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 10/30/2020.
  • Sun, W., Liu, N., & Rong, X. L. (2020, April). Dual language program parents' perspectives on bilingualism: A convergent parallel mixed methods study. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/wxduq89 (Conference Canceled). Conference Paper, Refereed, Other, 04/2020.
  • Lys, D., Glazier, J., Barber-Lester, K., Sun, W., & Papoi, K. (2020, April). Surfacing equity in edTPA through the lens of culturally responsive pedagogy. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/yxr962zn (Conference Canceled). Conference Paper, Refereed, Other, 04/2020.
  • Wang, X., & Sun, W. (2020, April). University support for international students: A critical discourse analysis of international students’ office websites. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/t4ktnzr (Conference Canceled). Conference Paper, Refereed, Other, 04/2020.
  • Reyes, A. J., & Sun, W. (2019, April). Leveraging navigational capital: Strengthening family-school-community connections in Chinese and Spanish heritage language programs. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2019.
  • Lys, D., LaGarry, A., & Sun, W. (2019, April). Leveraging completer data for program improvement: Analyzing multiple measures using a PDSA model. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2019.
  • Sun, W., & Rong, X. L. (2019, April). Do parents’ perspectives on bilingualism vary according to their children’s attendance in dual language programs? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2019.
  • Kwon, J., & Sun, W. (2018, November). Learning across borders: An analysis of transnational lives of Asian immigrant children in children’s literature. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) annual meeting, Greenville, SC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2018.
  • Sun, W., & Kwon, J. (2018, November). Towards a critical transnational curriculum: Representations of transnational experiences and translanguaging in heritage language textbooks. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) annual meeting, Greenville, SC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2018.
  • Sun, W. (2018, May). Globalization, national identity, and multiculturalism and multilingualism: Language policy and practice in education in Asian countries. Paper presented at the 7th Tsinghua Institute of Education & the 2nd Tsinghua International Conference on Future Education Doctoral Student Forum, Beijing, China. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2018.
  • Cervantes-Soon, C. G., Kasun, G. S., Gambrell, J. A., & Sun, W. (2018, April). Dual language education in the Southeast: Paths, tensions, and opportunities in constructing neoliberal, multilingual subjects. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York City, NY. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2018.
  • Sun, W., & Rong, X. L. (2018, April). From language to civic engagement: Building transnational social spaces in heritage language schools. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York City, NY. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2018.
  • O’Sullivan, R., Salas Villalobos, F., & Sun, W. (2017, November). Collaborative evaluation strategies that enhance the usefulness of evaluations for stakeholders: Evaluation of three dual language programs in a school district. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Evaluation Association (AEA), Washington, DC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2017.
  • Liu, S., Sun, W., & Barrow, E. (2017, April). Promises and practices: A case study on migrant children’s compulsory education policy implementation in China. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2017.
  • Sun, W., Rong, X. L., & New, R. (2017, April). The benefits and constraints to “cultural insider” researcher when recruiting participants in Chinese immigrant communities. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2017.
  • Sun, W. (2015, November). Immigrant parents’ beliefs in bilingualism and the hegemony of English. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) annual meeting, San Antonio, TX. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2015.
  • New, R., & Sun, W. (2015, April). What's in a word? Immigrant parents' perspectives on children's school readiness. Paper presented at the Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) biennial meeting, Boston, MA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2015.
  • Sun, W. (2014, November). Dismantling the stereotypes: A review of the intersection of race and gender among female Asian American students and its implication on identity formation. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) annual meeting, Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2014.

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Asia
  • China
  • United States of America