M. Agnes Kang received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of English at Lingnan University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on areas of discourse and identity, including multimodal discourse analysis and gender identity. Her articles have appeared in Language & Communication, Discourse and Society, and Journal of Sociolinguistics, among others, and she has contributed chapters to several volumes, including Beyond Yellow English: Toward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America (Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo, eds.). Some of her publications can be downloaded from:


Course offered in 2019-2020

ENG 7102       Global Englishes




Selected Publications

Journal Articles


“Visual arguments and discriminatory discourse: linguistic and visual representation of Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong”, Language & Communication 60: 94-107.


(Kang, M. Agnes and Katherine Chen) “Gender stereotype as a vehicle for social change? The case of the Kong Girl”, Gender & Language 11(4): 460-481.


(Hiramoto, Mie and M. Agnes Kang) “Articulating Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary East Asia: An Introduction”, Gender and Language 11(4): 453-459.


(Chen, Katherine and M. Agnes Kang) “Demeanor indexicals, interpretive discourses and the “Kong Girl” stereotype: Constructing gender ideologies in social media”, Journal of Language and Sexuality 4(2): 193-222. 


(Kang, M. Agnes and Katherine Chen) “Stancetaking and the Hong Kong Girl in a Shifting Heterosexual Marketplace”, Discourse & Society 25(2): 205-220 (available online: January 21, 2014, doi:10.1177/0957926513515587).


(Kang, M. Agnes and Olga Zayts) “Interactional difficulties as a resource for patient participation in prenatal screening consultations in Hong Kong”, Patient Education and Counseling (available online: 12 February 2013), 10.1016/j.pec.2013.01.008.


(Kang, M. Agnes and Olga Zayts) “Patient participation within a globalised patient population: Interactional difficulties in a prenatal counseling context in Hong Kong”, in the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication: Special issue on “Medical Communication in the Asia Context”, 20(2): 169-184.


(Zayts, Olga and M. Agnes Kang) “Information delivery in prenatal genetic counseling:  On the role of initial inquiries”, in the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication: Special issue on “Medical Communication in the Asia Context”, 20(2): 243-259.


(Zayts, Olga and M. Agnes Kang) “Communication in healthcare settings: Interactional perspectives from Asia,” in the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication:  Special issue on “Medical Communication in the Asia Context”, 20(2): 165-168.


(Zayts, Olga and M. Agnes Kang) “‘So, what test do you prefer?’ Negotiating politic behavior in an L2 prenatal genetic counselling setting in Hong Kong”, Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture 5 (1): 33-52.  [Special Issue: Politeness in Health Care Settings, edited by Louise Mullany]


(Kang, M. Agnes and Adrienne Lo). “Two Ways of Articulating Heterogeneity in Korean American Narratives of Ethnic Identity”. Journal of Asian American Studies 7(2): 93-116.


“Constructing Ethnic Identity Through Discourse: Self-Categorization among Korean American Camp Counselors,” Pragmatics 14(2/3), 217-233. [Special Issue on Relationality: Discursive Constructions of Asian Pacific American Identities]


“Negotiating Conflict Within the Constraints of Social Hierarchies in Korean American Discourse,” Journal of Sociolinguistics, 7(3): 299-320.



Last updated: 17 July 2019