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Who Am I?
An Autobiography of Emotion, Mind, and Spirit
Yi-Fu Tuan

Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography

“In this brief and unsparing autobiography, one of the greatest living geographers turns his versatile intelligence away from studying the landscape of the earth to studying the landscape of self.”
—Scott Russell Sanders, Hungry Mind Review

Who Am I? is the bittersweet memoir of a Chinese American who came to this country as a twenty-year-old graduate student and stayed to become one of America’s most innovative intellectuals, whose work has explored the aesthetic and moral dimensions of human relations with landscape, nature, and environment. This unusually introspective autobiography mixes Yi-Fu Tuan’s reflections on a life filled with recognition, accolades, and affection with what he deems moral failings, his lack of courage —including the courage to be open about his homosexuality.

“An honest and highly personal, if unfashionable, perspective on sexuality, race, and identity. . . . It is undoubtedly worth reading, both for the inherently interesting tale it relates and for Tuan’s willingness to risk self-exposure.”—Benjamin Forest, Cultural Geographies

“[Tuan] unfolds his life, friendships, environment, and emotions in a unique manner that not only makes reading this book quite interesting but also encourages readers to look at human life and society from a different perspective.”—Suping Lu, Multicultural Review

Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography
William L. Andrews, Series Editor

Yi-Fu Tuan is author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including Human Goodness, The Good Life, Space and Place, Topophilia, and Coming Home to China. Tuan is the J. K. Wright and Vilas Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been honored with the Cullum Medal of the American Geographical Society, the Lauréat d’Honneur of the International Geographical Union, and the Charles Homer Haskins Lectureship of the American Council of Learned Societies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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From the cloth edition:

"A stunningly good book—entrancing, exciting, beautifully written, full of aperçus that stimulate, tantalize, and fulfill. Perhaps it is enough to say that I like it even better than any of Tuan's already published books."—David Lowenthal, author of The Past Is a Foreign Country

The cover of Tuan's book is a personal collage of elements from his life.

April 2009
LC: 99-023672 G
152 pp.    6 x 9    
17 b/w photos

Paper $17.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-16664-9 
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