Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
Born and raised in Taiwan, Anna Chow began learning the English language at the age of 12 when she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. Having personally experienced the struggles as a second language learner, Anna wanted to reach out to students who face many obstacles in schools and society due to language barriers and racism. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in ethnic studies and a minor in education. She earned a teaching certificate from California State University at Sacramento in 2000 and became an ESL teacher at the elementary and local adult school in San Jose, California.
In 2002, Anna moved to Pullman, Washington, along with her husband and their two dogs, to work on a master's degree in education. While she initially focused on deepening her knowledge of second language acquisition, her primary research interests involved media literacy and issues surrounding popular culture, race, gender, and sexuality. Anna's master's thesis challenged the notion that race no long matters in society and that "racial projects" continue to plague us through the media, schools, and other institutions.
After receiving her master's degree in 2004, Anna started advising for the General Studies Program. She cherishes her opportunities to work with undergraduate students in selecting courses, reviewing graduation requirements, and, sometimes, just chatting about life. At home, Anna is a proud mother of daughter Rea, who's quickly learning to speak, sign, and test limits.
Contact Anna Chow
CAS General Studies & Advising Center
Washington State University
Daggy Hall 201
PO Box 642421
Pullman, WA 99164-2421