About Victoria Namkung

For nearly 20 years, Victoria Namkung has been a Los Angeles-based author, journalist, essayist, and cultural commentator. Her writing has been featured in The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, NBC NewsVICE, Washington Post, USA Today, and InStyle, among other publications. As a speaker and panelist, she's appeared at UNC Charlotte, the Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Mixed Remixed, and the Asian American Journalists Association.

After receiving a master’s from UCLA in 2000, she taught courses on gender, immigration, and writing at UCSB, UCLA, and 826LA, respectively. Her research on Asian American males and import car culture in southern California was published as a chapter in the award-winning collection, Asian American Youth (Routledge), and was taught at esteemed universities such as Cornell University and Oberlin College. 

The daughter of a Dublin-born Jewish mother and Korean father, Victoria was raised in Irvine, California and maintains dual citizenship in Ireland. She's the author of the 2015 novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves (Standard Time Press), and These Violent Delights (Griffith Moon), published in the fall of 2017.