Association for Asian American Studies Conference Panel (San Francisco)
All Over the Place: Global Networks, Diasporic Imaginaries, and Asian American Studies
Friday, April 18, 8:00 - 9:30am
Grand Hyatt, Cypress A
Asian American Studies has increasingly welcomed transnational and diasporic methods and themes, even as it maintained the need for the status of the field as separate from Asian Studies and Asian Diaspora Studies. In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, “Building Bridges, Forging Movements,” our panel proposes to take stock of the varied political and critical possibilities generated from the meeting of these different epistemological projects.
In their papers, Steven Lee and Wendy Cheng examine how particular diasporic histories—Korean and Taiwanese, respectively—have enlivened political imaginaries for postcolonial nationalism and political formation that have profound implication for not only homeland nations, but for the orientation of Asian Americanist politics and critique. Jian Chen and Crystal Parikh, on the other hand, consider how transnational media, infrastructure, and discourses open the “subjectless discourse” (in Kandice Chuh’s now well-known formulation) of Asian American Studies towards affiliations and claims that are otherwise foreclosed from a domestic imaginary within the United States.
As a whole, the panel asks what it means not only to “slide over” the “racial frontier” between Asia and America—about which the panel chair David Palumbo-Liu has written so compellingly in Asian/American—but the implications of an Asian American Studies that is “all over the place,” in terms of its objects, methods, and aspirations.
Steven Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Pyongyang via Almaty: A Second Worldist Lens on the Korean Diaspora
Jian Chen, Ohio State University
Trans-Media: Transgender, Queer, and Gender/Sexual Non-Conforming Media
Interventions in Transnational Networks
Wendy Cheng, Arizona State University
Island X: Taiwanese/American Students and Oppositional Political Formation in the
Crystal Parikh, New York University
Writing Otherwise: Asian American Literature and a Human Rights Method
Chair/Facilitator: David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University