Jennifer Ho is a professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill and the author of three books, most notably Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture. The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, Ho is active in community engagement around issues of race and intersectionality, leading workshops on anti-racism.
A Points South essay from the Spring 2019 issue
My family has laid claim to a variety of nationalities and regional affiliations, yet there are still questions I reflect on from time to time regarding my own claim to my current home. Am I a Southerner, and do I have a right to call myself a Southerner? Will others recognize me as a Southerner, despite my lack of accent and because of my Asian face? And what does it mean to take on this identity—what does it mean for me to claim Dixie?