THE TRANS/NATIONAL IMAGINARY

:
GLOBAL CITIES &
RACIAL BORDERLANDS
AAAS Annual Conference 2015
The Trans/National Imaginary: Global Cities and Racial Borderlands

Association for Asian American Studies
Annual Conference
H i lt o n O r r i n g t o n
Evanston, IL

April 22-25,

2015

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The Trans/National Imaginary: Global Cities and Racial Borderlands

Table of Contents

Conference at a Glance ....................................................................... 4
Association for Asian American Studies ................................................ 8
Purposes, Activities, & Membership.................................................... 8
Officers & Regional Representatives ................................................... 10
Welcome from the President ............................................................. 12
Program & Site Committee Welcome Message ..................................... 14
Conference Committees..................................................................... 16
Honors & Awards .............................................................................. 18
Pre-Conference Workshops............................................................... 28
AAAS Welcome & Celebration of New Books Reception.......................... 30
Plenary & President Sessions .............................................................. 36
Board Sponsored Panel & Events ........................................................ 50
Mentorship Program .......................................................................... 58
Receptions & Meetings ..................................................................... 70
Drop-In Clinic & Student Lounge ........................................................ 72
Section Meetings .............................................................................. 73
Tours ............................................................................................... 74
Film Screenings ................................................................................ 77
Exhibitors ........................................................................................ 78
2016 Call for Papers........................................................................... 80
Conference Schedule..........................................................................82
Wednesday..................................................................................... 82
Thursday.........................................................................................84
Friday ........................................................................................ 108
Saturday.........................................................................................134
Map of Hilton Orrington ................................................................... 152
Sponsors and Donors ........................................................................ 154
Index .............................................................................................. 156
Advertisements ............................................................................. 164

Program Designed by:
Justin Gonzalez
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Conference at a Glance
Wednesday, April 22
8:30am-4:00pm

AAAS/East of California Junior Faculty

Workshop
2:00pm-5:00pm

Pre-conference AAAS Workshop for New

Chairs and Directors
3:00pm-4:30pm

New Board Member Orientation

2:00pm-6:00pm Filipino Caucus

Conference at a Glance
Friday, April 24
7:00am-5:00pm Registration
8:30am-5:00pm

Vendors / Exhibitors

7:30am-9:00am

Membership Committee Meeting

8:00am-9:30am

Sessions F1 - F2, F4 - F13

9:00am-10:00am

Morning Coffee Break

9:45am-11:15am

Plenary Session 3 & Sessions F14 - F26

10:00am-5:00pm Student Lounge
11:30am-1:00pm

Thursday, April 23
7:00am-5:00pm Registration
8:30am-5:00pm

Vendors / Exhibitors

7:30am-8:45am

Morning Coffee Break

8:00am-9:30am

Morning Coffee Break & Sessions T1 - T11

9:45am-11:30am

Plenary Session 1

10:00am-5:00pm Student Lounge
10:00am-11:30am

Sessions T13 - T23

11:45am-12:15pm

Sessions T24 - T26

11:45am-12:45pm

Section Meetings SC1 - SC4 & Session T27

12:15am-12:45pm

Sessions T28 - T30

1:00pm-2:30pm

Sessions T31 - T43

2:45pm-4:15pm

Plenary Session 2 & Sessions T44 - T55

4:30pm-6:00pm

Sessions T56- T69

6:15pm-7:30pm

AAAS Welcome &

Celebration of New Books Reception

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Section Meetings SC5 - SC10 & Sessions F3,

F27 - F33
1:15pn-2:45pm

Sessions F34 - F47

2:45pm-3:30pm Coffee Break
3:00pm-5:00pm Drop-In Clinics
3:00pm-4:30pm

Plenary Session 4 & Sessions F48 - F60

4:35pm-6:00pm Session F61
4:45pm-6:15pm

Sessions F62 - F74

5:00pm-10:00pm

AAAS Board Meeting

7:00pm-8:00pm

Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project: Celebrating 20

Years of the Asian American Jazz

Experience in Chicago

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Conference at a Glance
Saturday, April 25
7:00am-5:00pm Registration
8:30am-12:00pm

Vendors / Exhibitors

8:00am-9:30am

Sessions S1 - S11

8:30am-10:00am

Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS)

Editorial Board Meeting
9:00am-9:45am Coffee Break
9:00am-2:00pm Student Lounge
9:45am-11:15am

Plenary Session 5 & Sessions S12 - S24

11:30am-1:00pm

Section Meetings SC11 - SC17 & Sessions

S25 - S28
1:00pm-2:30pm Drop-In Clinics
1:15pm-2:45pm

Sessions S29 - S39

3:00pm-4:30pm

Sessions S40 - S49

4:45pm-5:45pm

General Membership Meeting

6:00pm-7:30pm Awards Reception

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Association for Asian American Studies
Purposes
The Association for Asian American Studies was formed in 1979 for the
purposes of:
1. advancing the highest professional standards of excellence in teaching
and research in the field of Asian American Studies;
2. promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among
various sub-components within Asian American Studies: Chinese,
Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hawaiian, Southeast Asian, South Asian,
Pacific Islander, and other groups;
3. sponsoring professional activities including conferences and symposia,
special projects and events;
4. facilitating increased communication and scholarly exchange among
teachers, researchers, and students in the field of Asian American
Studies;
5. advocating and representing the interests and welfare of Asian
American Studies and Asian Americans;
6. educating American society about the history and aspirations of Asian
American ethnic minorities.

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Activities
The Association has sponsored national conferences since 1980 in cities such
as Seattle, Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pullman, New York City,
Santa Barbara, Honolulu, San Jose, Ithaca, Ann Arbor, Boston, Salt Lake City,
Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Austin; publishes a newsletter and journal;
advocates for students, faculty, and programs through advice and letters of
support; advances Asian American Studies through its standing committees,
awards, advocacy, curriculum and library, publications, professional ethics,
and publicity; and serves as an information resource on matters concerning
Asian Americans.

Membership
The Association is open to any individual or organization with an interest in
the Asian American experience. The membership is composed of researcher,
teachers, and students in higher education. The membership also includes
individuals in government and private sector, and professionals serving the
needs of the ethnic community, as well as members of the community.
Membership in the Association for Asian American Studies is based on a
calendar year, i.e., January 1st to December 31st. A member in good standing
will receive AAAS email announcements, the Journal of Asian American
Studies, and reduced rates at the national conference.

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Association Of Asian American Studies
Officers

Association Of Asian American Studies
Regional Representatives
Daryl Joji Maeda

Linda Trinh Võ

University of California, Irvine
President 2014-2016

Cathy Schlund-Vials

University of Connecticut, Storrs
President-Elect 2015-2016
President 2016-2018

University of Colorado Boulder
Interior West and South 2013-2016

Janelle Wong

University of Maryland
Mid-Atlantic 2014-2017

Nitasha Sharma

Northwestern University
Midwest 2013-2016

Daniel Y. Kim

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Grace Wang

University of California, Davis
Northern California 2015-2018

LeiLani Nishime

University of Washington
Pacific Northwest and Hawaii 2014-2017

erin Khue Ninh

University of California, Santa Barbara
Southern California 2014-2017

Madeline Y. Hsu

Brown University
New England/Central/Central Canada
2013-2016

University of Texas at Austin
Section Representative 2013-2016

Maxwell Leung

University of California, Irvine
Student Representative 2014-2016

California College of the Arts
Northern California 2013-2015

Ray San Diego

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Welcome

from the President

On behalf of the AAAS Board, I welcome you to the 2015 Association
for Asian American Studies conference. I hope you will have a rewarding
experience in Evanston/Chicago. The AAAS strives to be a welcoming and
inclusive environment for scholars, activists, artists, policy makers, librarians
and archivists, and community leaders. Our goal is to provide opportunities
for intellectual exchanges, supportive networks, and productive
collaborations.

AAAS Program Committee Co-Chairs Judy Wu and Thuy Tu and
Site Committee Co-Chairs Laura Kina and Mark Chiang, along with their
committees and the AAAS staff, Anna Gonzalez, Tamara Ko, and Jenny
DeLuna, have done a tremendous job organizing the conference. This year’s
theme, “Trans/National Imaginary: Global Cities and Racial Borderlands,” is
being held fifty years after the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965 and
forty years after the “end” of the Viet Nam War in 1975, transnational events
that transformed the demographics of our communities and the trajectories
of our discipline.

In addition to planning the 2015 conference, the AAAS Board has
been busy working on some exciting developments since the last conference.
We are refreshing our outreach efforts, including a bold new AAAS logo and
a new Facebook page and website. The Journal of Asian American Studies
(JAAS), the official journal of the association, has been redesigned and will
be expanded to 160 pages per issue/480 per volume and will be moving to
an online submission and review process. We thank the former Editor, Min
Song, and the former Book Reviews Editor, Cynthia Wu, for their dedication
to improving the journal. The previous Associate Editor, Anita Mannur, is now
the Editor, with Rick Bonus serving as the Associate Editor and Camilla Fojas
assuming the role of Book Reviews Editor.


Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Foundation, through the
leadership of Franklin Odo, Helen Zia, and Michelle Ko, generously donated
$130,000 to the AAAS. We have invested these funds to create an AURA-AAAS
Endowment Fund that can be used in perpetuity. In 2015, with the generosity
of this endowment, we will provide funds with six of our AAAS awards and will
cover conference registration for twenty conference participants (contingent

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faculty, undergraduate students, community members, artists, etc) to assist
them attend the conference. The AAAS Mentorship Committee led by Daryl
Maeda and Rick Bonus, along with the AAAS Student Representative Ray San
Diego, organized five mentorship panels as well as one-on-one mentoring
meetings. We held an inaugural pre-conference Junior Faculty Retreat coorganized by AAAS and East of California coordinated by Nitasha Sharma and
Min Song as well as an inaugural pre-conference AAAS workshop for Chairs/
Directors/Heads organized by Janelle Wong. In 2015, we are combining our
Welcome Reception with our first Celebration of New Books Reception, which
will recognize over sixty books published by our members in the last two
years!

I thank outgoing Northern California Representative Board Member
Max Leung (2013-15) for his incredible contributions to the association and
warmly welcome newly elected Northern California Representative, Grace
Wang, and President-Elect, Cathy Schlund-Vials to the AAAS Board.

Although the field, like the university, has endured budget cuts
and set backs, Asian American Studies continues to thrive and transform
interdisciplinary curricula, pedagogical knowledge, scholarly production, and
activist agendas. Your energy, enthusiasm, and participation make the AAAS
a vibrant and inclusive space and we hope you will continue to come back
every year!

Linda Trinh Võ,
President, Association for Asian American Studies

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Welcome Message
from the Program Committee

THE TRANS/NATIONAL IMAGINARY:
GLOBAL CITIES AND RACIAL BORDERLANDS
Welcome to the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Conference. This
year’s meeting coincides with the 40th anniversary of the “fall of Saigon” (or the
“liberation of Saigon,” depending on your perspective), effectively ending the Viet
Nam war. We note this moment not because it is uniquely significant—there are
many other anniversaries that resonate with our members—but because it reminds
us of some of the most pressing questions in our field. The Viet Nam war offers a
glimpse into the histories of U.S. empire; of Asian American transnational and crossracial activism; of the enduring legacies of war and migration; of the formations
and transformation of race, space, and nation that these inaugurate. This year’s
conference will challenge us to think about all of this and much more.
This year the association will host over 200 sessions that grapple with the
military histories, imperial legacies, economic exigencies, and cultural longings
that have made certain forms of migration and settlement in the U.S. possible and
others unimaginable. We were thrilled to have received a wide-range of proposals
that bring a multitude of perspectives to this year’s conference theme. In these next
few days, you will hear from speakers exercised by deepening global inequalities
and speakers animated by the possibilities of a different future. It is this breadth
of view, depth of research, and strength of commitment that has long made this
conference so exciting.
None of this would be possible without the efforts of many, many people. We
want to thank in particular the members of the program committee for their hard
work. We are also deeply grateful to Anna Gonzalez and the AAAS staff, especially
Tamara Ko and Jennifer DeLuna for their organizational talents, good humor, and
amazing calm in the face of all technical difficulties.
Thank you, finally, to all of you, for sharing your research, giving your time, and
for all the labor and imagination that has made this professional association a real
intellectual community.


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Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, University of California, Irvine
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, New York University
AAAS Program Committee Co-Chairs

Welcome Message
from the Site Committee
The 2015 Site Committee welcomes you to Evanston/Chicago!
This year’s tours, special events, and plenary session highlight local Asian
American arts, activist, and communities and echo our conference theme “Trans/
National Imaginary: Global Cities and Racial Borderlands.” Our committee
was particularly attentive to intersectional connections with Chicago’s queer,
multicultural, and immigrant communities.
We would like to thank Lester Manzano for coordinating the Community Leader
and Community Organization awards; Larry Lee for working with School of the Art
Institute faculty Aram Han-Sifuentes and Jacqueline Chao to curate the Work=WERQ!
exhibition, which opens at FLATstudios on Thursday night in Chicago; and Jinah Kim
and Romana Gupta for working with Mark Chiang in planning the Thursday plenary
session “Transformative Politics and Transgressive Aesthetics: Asian and Asian
American Youth Struggles.”
We would also like to thank the JASC and Cambodian American Heritage
Museum for sharing their community archives and histories with our research tour
group on Thursday. Thanks also to Camilla Fojas for assisting Laura Kina in planning
the Friday “Devon Avenue Culinary and Cultural Tour” and Steve Hosik Moon for
hosting and working with Mark Chiang on the political “Uptown Neighborhood
Walking Tour.”
We hope you can join us on Friday for the film screening and discussion
with Chicago’s Silk Road Rising theater company for “MULTI MEETS POLY:
Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go On a First Date” and then come celebrate
the 20th anniversary of the Asian American Jazz Festival with a Friday night concert
by Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program,
Northwestern.
Enjoy Evanston’s wide selection of eateries and pubs during your stay at the
Orrington Hotel or cross the border and jump on the L train or bus southbound to
Chicago to experience more of what our global city has to offer.

Laura Kina, DePaul University

Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago

AAAS Site Committee Co-Chairs

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Conference Committees

Conference Committees

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, University of California, Irvine, Co-Chair
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, New York University, Co-Chair

Rick Bonus, University of Washington, Seattle, Co-Chair
Daryl Maeda, University of Colorado, Boulder, Co-Chair

Vivek Bald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lucy Burns, University of California, Los Angeles
Wendy Cheng, Arizona State University
Lan Dong, University of Illinois, Springfield
Vernadette Gonzalez, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Kimberly Kay Hoang, Boston College
Adria L. Imada, University of California, San Diego
Joseph Jeon, Pomona College
Soo Ah Kwon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jonathan Lee, San Francisco State University
Victor Mendoza, University of Michigan
Mimi Nguyen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Joe Ponce, Ohio State University
Sujani Reddy, Amherst College
Robert Teranishi, University of California, Los Angeles
Monica Mong Trieu, Purdue University

August Espiritu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Anna Gonzalez, Lewis & Clark University
Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Brown University
Davianna McGregor, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University
Kent Ono, University of Utah
Gary Pak, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Janelle Wong, University of Maryland
K. Scott Wong, Williams College
David Yoo, University of California, Los Angeles
Ray San Diego, University of California, Irvine

SITE COMMITTEE
Laura Kina, DePaul University, Co-Chair
Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago, Co-Chair
Camilla Fojas, DePaul University
Ramona Gupta, Columbia College
Jinah Kim, Northwestern University
Larry Lee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Lester Manzano, Loyola University
Steve Hosik Moon, Asian Americans Advancing Justice –Chicago
Shalini Shankar, Northwestern University

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BOOK AWARD COMMITTEES
Nitasha Sharma, Northwestern University, Co-Chair
Daniel Kim, Brown University, Co-Chair
CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
Steven Yao (Chair), Hamilton College
Eugene Gloria, DePauw University
Josephine Park, University of
Pennsylvania

HISTORY
Kornel Chang (Chair), Rutgers University
Andrea Geiger, Simon Fraser University
Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University

CULTURAL STUDIES
Lucy San Pablo Burns (Chair), University
of California, Los Angeles
Mimi Nguyen, University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign
Leslie Bow, University of Wisconsin

SOCIAL SCIENCE
Pawan Dhingra (Chair), Tufts University
Lynn Fujiwara, University of Oregon
Nazli Kibria, Boston University

LITERARY CRITICISM
Christopher Lee (Chair), University of
CREATIVE WRITING: PROSE
British Columbia
Andrew Leong (Chair), Northwestern
Donald Goellnicht, McMaster
University
University
Bich Nguyen, University of San Francisco
Denise Cruz, University of Toronto
Brian Ascalon Roley, Miami University

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Honors & Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Janet M. Francendese, Former Editor in Chief
Temple University Press

Janet M. Francendese recently retired after three decades

at Temple University Press; she served as Editor in Chief

for 17 years. She earned a doctorate in English at

New York University and held several teaching positions

before beginning editorial work and joining Temple as

acquisitions editor for history, American studies, and

ethnic studies. At a history conference in 1988, she

initiated a conversation with Sucheng Chan that

ultimately led to the development of the Asian American

History and Culture series and Janet’s sponsorship of 70
books for the series. By the time of her retirement, she had acquired 95 books
in the field of Asian American studies.

Excellence in Mentoring Award
Mary Yu Danico, Professor

Cal Poly Pomona
Award selected by the AAAS Mentorship Committee

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Mary Yu Danico is the founding director of the Asian

American Transnational Research Initiative and a

professor of Sociology in the Psychology and Sociology

Department at Cal Poly Pomona.  She was also a Fulbright

Senior Scholar at Ewha Womans University in Seoul,

Korea, and the President of the Association for Asian

American Studies from 2012-2014. She is the author of

The 1.5 Generation: Becoming Korean American in Hawaii

(2004), Asian American Issues (2004), Transforming the
Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Higher Education
(2012), and the editor of the Asian American Society Encyclopedia (2014). Her
commitment to social justice and community engagement transcends the
academic sphere, as her goal is to connect the local to the global to better
understand the shifting Asian American and Pacific Islander Population in the
diaspora. She thrives on connecting others to areas of shared interest and
is passionate about supporting undergraduates, graduate students, junior
colleagues, and peers  through (peer) mentorship and collaborations. 

Early Career Award

Vichet Chhuon, Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Vichet Chhuon’s scholarship has focused on critical issues

in urban education, including the schooling experiences

of Asian American youth and others students of color.

His research with Cambodian immigrant youth examined

how students interpreted messages about their racial,

ethnic and academic identities, as well as how school

adults can help shape positive identities and feelings

of connectedness to school. This research, along with

his other work on facets of immigrant youth experiences,

has explored how race, identity, and institutional
opportunities shape academic engagement and youth development for
students of color. Chhuon’s work has appeared in several leading journals
including The Urban Review, American Educational Research Journal, Journal
of College Student Development, and Urban Education. 

Engaged Scholar Award

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Associate Professor
San Francisco State University

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales is an Associate Professor

of Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies

and an affiliated faculty member in Educational

Leadership at San Francisco State University. In 2001,

she founded Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), an

ethnic studies educational pipeline that works toward

social justice and sends hundreds of students to college,

graduate school, credential, and doctoral programs. She
recently co-founded the Institute of Sustainable Economic, Educational,
and Environmental Design (ISEEED) and Teaching Excellence Network (TEN),
a community responsive platform that works with school communities to
improve the educational experiences of youth across the nation. She has
worked directly with teachers, students, families, and their communities to
get ethnic studies in all schools in San Francisco and has published five books
and a wide array of articles and book chapters that focus on the development
of ethnic studies curricula and community-responsive pedagogy. She
received the Community Advocacy Award from the American Educational
Research Association, the Filipino Advocates for Justice Award, and has been
named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the world.

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Anita Affeldt Graduate Student
Travel Fund Award
Karen Buenavista Hanna, Ph.D. Candidate

Community Organization Award
Invisible to Invincible (i2i): API Pride of Chicago
Award selected by the AAAS Site Committee

University of California, Santa Barbara

Karen Buenavista Hanna is a Ph.D. candidate in the

department of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Her dissertation recovers the history of the anti
imperialist Filipina/o Left in North America, beginning

with the political exile of activists during the Martial Law

period in the Philippines and tracing the Left’s

ideological shifts over time and across space. Her

work has investigated how contradictions emerge

and are resolved within community organizations, how
organizers and activists address intra-organizational conflict, and how they
find healing. A former New York City public school teacher, GED instructor, and
community organizer, Karen received an A.B. in Education Studies from Brown
University in 2003, M.S. in Childhood Education from Mercy College as a New
York City Teaching Fellow in 2005, and M.A. in Feminist Studies in 2013 from UC
Santa Barbara. Karen has been invested in building trans- and queer-inclusive
healing spaces for women of color at UCSB and is an advocate for disability
justice.

Best Graduate Student Paper Award
Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, Doctoral Candidate
University of California, Berkeley

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan is a doctoral candidate in

Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her

dissertation, “The Returnee and the Call Center: New

India in Narrative Time,” examines the diasporic discourse

on India’s emergent globality. Ragini has written for

scholarly and journalistic publications including Public

Books, Women & Performance, South Asian Review, The

Caravan, Himal Southasian, The Margins, and open

Democracy. Her work is forthcoming in Room One

Thousand, Kartika Review, and Verge: Studies in Global
Asias. Ragini was Editor of India Currents magazine from 2007-2009 and has
written an award-winning, syndicated column for the publication since 2001.

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Invisible to Invincible (i2i): Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago is an all-volunteer group that supports and affirms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer, and questioning East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific
Islanders in the Chicagoland area. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, i2i
continues to provide social support, education, advocacy, and community
building at the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, age,
and immigration status. Recent accomplishments include a monthly coming
out support group, co-organization of the Chicago Dyke March in the Uptown
Argyle neighborhood, membership on the Chicago LGBT Immigrant Rights
Coalition, marching in the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, and the Queer
Asian American Archives project. i2i is a pan-Asian multi-gender group that
welcomes everyone who identifies as AAPI & LGBTQ and strives to be a safer
space for adoptees and multiracial folks. 
Invisible to Invincible (i2i): API Pride of Chicago: “To create a safer and more inclusive conference environment, we ask conference attendees to be mindful
of our diverse community including, but not limited to those who identify as
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ); adoptees; persons with
disability; undocumented, and are of mixed race/ethnicity. Specifically for
LGBTQ, do not gender police in the restrooms and use gender neutral language (ie., spouse, partner). For more resources, visit chicagoi2i.org.”

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Community Leader Award
Jamil Khoury, Founding Artistic Director

Silk Road Rising
Award selected by the AAAS Site Committee

Jamil Khoury is Founding Artistic Director of Silk Road

Rising.  He is also the 2014-15 Playwright-in-Residence

at Illinois’ Knox College.  A theatre producer, essayist,

playwright, and film maker, Khoury is interested

in themes of representation, definitions of

“Americanness,” and the intersections of culture, national

identity, citizenship, and class.  Khoury holds a M.A.

degree in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago

Divinity School and a B.S. degree in International

Relations from Georgetown University ‘s School of Foreign
Service. He is a Kellogg Executive Scholar and has been awarded a Certificate
of Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Management. Khoury is the 2013
recipient of the Actor’s Equity Association’s Kathryn V. Lamkey Award for
promoting diversity and inclusion in theatre, and the 2010 recipient of the
3Arts Artist Award for Playwriting.

AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund
The AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund was established with a $130,000 gift from
Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Foundation. This fund honors the
legacy of AURA and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by
funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness
about and among the Asian American community. We thank AURA members
Franklin Odo, Helen Zia, and Michelle Ko for facilitating the donation of this
gift to the AAAS, which will fund these annual awards:
AAAS Best Graduate Student Paper Award
AAAS Excellence in Mentoring Award
AAAS Early Career Award

Inaugural AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund
Registration Award
The 2015 Inaugural AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund Registration Award is a
gift of Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA). This year, for the first time,
the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund Registration Award allows the Association
for Asian American Studies to facilitate community participation in our
annual conference by waiving registration fees for individuals from one
of the following categories: paid staff members of a NGO or community
organization; artists, writers, journalists, or filmmakers not employed in a
full-time capacity by an educational institution; contingent/adjunct faculty;
unaffiliated persons; or undergraduate students.























Michelle Bac, Undergraduate Student, California State University
of Northridge
Dan Bacalzo, Instructor, New York University/Hunter College
Cielito Fernandez, Undergraduate Student, California State
University, Northridge
Michelle Har Kim, Independent Scholar
Chrisna Khuon, Undergraduate Student, University of
Massachusetts Lowell
Julie Mac, Undergraduate Student, California State University,
Northridge
Calvin McMillin, Lecturer, Washtenaw Community College
Mu Performing Arts, Randy Reyes (Artistic Director), Eric Sharp,
Audrey Park & Su-Yoon Ko
Dennis Nguyen, M.A. in Asian American Studies, San Francisco
State University
Kevin Park, Undergraduate Student/College Assistant, Hunter
College
Karl Pascasio, Undergraduate Student, California State University,
Northridge
Christian Ravela, Independent Scholar
Shinpei Takeda, Independent Artist
Linta Varghese, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hunter College, CUNY
Mia Warren, The Fulbright Program
Jenifer K Wofford, Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco

AAAS Engaged Scholar Award
AAAS Community Organization Award
AAAS Community Leader Award

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Book Awards (published in 2013)
Creative Writing: Poetry

Wing Tek Lum, The Nanjing Massacre: Poems

(Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013)

Bamboo Ridge Press

Creative Writing: Prose

History

Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem and the Lost
Histories of South Asian America

Associate Professor, Comparative Media Studies &
Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(Harvard University Press, 2013)

Literary Criticism

(Penguin, 2013)

Min Song, The Children of 1965: On Writing,

and Not Writing, as an Asian American
(Duke University Press, 2013)

Novelist, Filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist Priest

Vernadette Gonzalez, Securing Paradise:
Tourism and Militarism in Hawai'i and the
Philippines

Social Science

Cultural Studies



Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Book Awards (published in 2013)

(Duke University Press, 2013)

Associate Professor, American Studies Department

Director, Honors Program
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

English, Boston College

Gilda Ochoa, Academic Profiling: Latinos,
Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap

(University of Minnesota Press, 2013)

Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o
Studies, Pomona College

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Honorable Mention:
Eng-Beng Lim, Brown Boys and Rice Queens:
Spellbinding Performance in the Asias

(New York University Press, 2013)

Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies, Women’s
and Gender Studies Program, Dartmouth College

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Lifetime Members
Rick Bonus
Catherine Fung
Madeline Hsu
Michelle Ko
Janelle S. Wong
Daniel Bronstein
Faye C. Caronan
Clara M. Chu
Mary Yu Danico
Roger Daniels
Christopher Eng
Augusto Espiritu
Janet M. Francendese
Anna K. Gonzalez
Jennifer Hayashida
Jennifer Ho
Allan Isaac
Peter Kiang
Raoul Kulberg
Josephine Lee
James Lee
Pei-te Lien
Gail M. Nomura
Anthony Ocampo
Kent A. Ono
Rhacel Parrenas
Jeff Sheng
Stephen Sumida
Donna Tong
Linda Trinh Vo
Sau-ling Wong
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

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AAAS Conferences
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Santa Barbara, CA 1990
Honolulu, HI 1991
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Pre-Conference: Junior Faculty Development Workshop
Wednesday, April 22

8:30am-4:30pm
Inaugural Association for Asian American Studies/
East of California Junior Faculty Workshop 2015
(Northwestern University and James Room at Hilton Orrington)

Facilitators:
Min Hyoung Song, English, Boston College
Nitasha Sharma, African American Studies/Asian American Studies, Northwestern
University
Mentors:
Martin Manalansan, Anthropology/Asian American Studies, University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign
Jim Lee, Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine
Crystal Parikh, Department of Social And Cultural Analysis, New York University
Tina Chen, English and Asian American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Junior Mentor:

Richard So, English, University of Chicago

Accepted Participants:

1. Crystal Baik, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside
2. Melissa Borja, History, City University of New York, Staten Island
3. Jason Chang, History, University of Connecticut, Storrs
4. Genevieve Clutario, History, Harvard University
5. Kevin Escudero, Latino/A Studies, Williams College (Postdoc)
6. Quynh Nhu Le, English, University of South Florida
7. Julian Lim, Religious Studies, Arizona State University
8. Kimberly Mckee, Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State
9. William Nessly, English, Westchester University
10. Jan Padios, American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
11. Terry Park, Asian American Studies, Miami University of Ohio (Visiting)
12. Christopher Patterson, English, NY of Tech Nanjing
13. Lorenzo Perillo, Performance And Media Arts, Cornell University (Postdoc)
14. Thomas Sarmiento, Women’s Studies, Kansas State University (Visiting)
15. Jeannie Shinozuka, Humanities, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
16. Anantha Sudharkar, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
17. Y-Dang Troeung, English, City University of Hong Kong
18. James Zarsadiaz, History, University of San Francisco

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Pre-Conference: AAAS WORKSHOP FOR NEW CHAIRS AND DIRECTORS
Wednesday, April 22

2:00pm-5:00pm
INAUGURAL PRE-CONFERENCE AAAS WORKSHOP
FOR CHAIRS, DIRECTORS & HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS,
PROGRAMS & CENTERS
(Holgate)

Organizer:
Janelle Wong, Director, Asian American Studies Program, University of
Maryland-College Park
Coordinators:
Rachel Endo, Chair, Teacher Education, Hamline University
Theo Gonzalves, Chair, Department of American Studies, University of MarylandBaltimore County
Kathy Yep, Chair, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, Claremont
Colleges
Participants:
Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies,
Macalester College
Lawrence-Minh Davis, Editor, Asian American Literary Review, University of
Maryland, College
Lynn Fujiwara, Department Head, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of
Oregon
Jinny Huh, Director (incoming), Comparative Race and Ethnicity, University of
Vermont
Allan Isaac, Chair, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University
Robert Ku, Co-Coordinator, Asian American and Diasporic Studies Program, SUNY
Binghamton
Karen Leong, Head of Faculty, Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Arizona State
University
Jenny Lee, Associate Professor (starting new AAS Program), College of Lake County
Gina Masequesmay, Chair, Department of Asian American Studies, CSU Northridge
Diane Nititham, Co-Chair, Public Policy Program, Chair, Social Science Program,
National Louis University
John Park, Chair, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California,
Santa Barbara
Shalini Shankar, Director, Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University
Teresa Swartz, Chair (incoming), Asian American Studies Program, University of
Minnesota-Twin Cities

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AAAS WELCOME &
CEleBRATION OF NEW BOOKS RECEPTION
Thursday, April 23

Kim, Ju Yon, The Radical Mundane: Asian American Performance and the
Embodied Everyday, New York University Press
Labrador, Roderick, Building Filipino Hawai'i, University of Illinois Press

6:15pm-7:30pm

(9th Floor, Book Exhibit Hall)

Lee, Jonathan H.X., ed., Southeast Asian Diaspora in the United States:
Memories and Visions, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Cambridge Scholars
Publishing

Join us for our INAUGURAL EVENT sponsored by
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

McMillin, Calvin, ed., Frank Chin’s The Confessions of a Number One Son: The
Great Chinese American Novel, University of Hawai'i Press

Please join us in welcoming members of the Association for Asian American
Studies at our annual conference. We also will be toasting authors at our
inaugural celebration of new books reception with over 60 new books
published on Asian Americans between May 2013-April 2015!

Pandya, Sameer, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, University of Hawai'i
Press

Books Published in 2015
Bao, Jiemin, Creating a Buddhist Community: A Thai Temple in Silicon Valley,
Temple University Press
Govil, Nitin, Orienting Hollywood: A Century of Film Culture between Los
Angeles and Bombay, New York University Press
Hartlep, Nicholas Daniel, ed., Modern Societal Impacts of the Model Minority
Stereotype, IGI
Ho, Tamara C., Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power
between Burma and the West, University of Hawai'i Press
Hsu, Hsuan L., Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain’s Asia and Comparative
Racialization, New York University Press
Hsu, Madeline, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model
Minority, Princeton University Press
Jew, Victor and Sook Wilkinson, eds., Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices From
the Midwest, Wayne State University Press
Kim Y. Rebecca, The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America, Oxford
University Press

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Roh, David, Betsy Huang and Greta Niu, eds., Techno-Orientalism: Imagining
Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media, Rutgers University Press
Santa Ana, Jeffrey, Racial Feelings: Asian America in a Capitalist Culture of
Emotions, Temple University Press
Schlund-Vials, Cathy, Linda Trinh Vo, and K. Scott Wong, eds., Keywords for
Asian American Studies, New York University Press
Shankar, Shalini, Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian
American Consumers, Duke University Press
Tsou, Elda, Unquiet Tropes: Forms, Race, and American Literature, Temple
University Press
Vo Dang, Thuy, Linda Trinh Vo, and Tram Le, Vietnamese in Orange County,
Arcadia Publishing
Wang, Grace, Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race through Musical
Performance, Duke University Press
Wang, Oliver, Legions of Boom: Filipino Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco
Bay Area, Duke University Press

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Books Published in 2014
Afzal, Ahmed, Lone Star Muslims: Transnational Lives and the South Asian
Experience in Texas, New York University Press
Chan, Yuk Wah, David Haines and Jonathan Lee, eds., Age of Asian Migration:
Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Che, Cathy Linh, Split, Alice James Books
Cheung, Floyd, Jazz at Manzanar, Finishing Line Press
Chiu, Monica, Scrutinized!: Surveillance in Asian North American Literature,
University of Hawai'i Press

Lee, Rachel, The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality, and
Posthuman Ecologies, New York University Press
Nishime, Leilani, Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual
Culture, University of Illinois Press
Oishi, Gene, Fox Drum Bebop, Kaya Press
Onishi, Yuichiro, Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century
Black America, Japan, and Okinawa, New York University Press
Park, Albert L. and David K. Yoo, Encountering Modernity: Christianity in East
Asia and Asian America, University of Hawai'i Press

Cho, Yu-Fang, Uncoupling American Empire: Cultural Politics of Deviance and
Unequal Difference, 1890-1910, SUNY Press

Pelaud, Isabelle Thuy, Lan Duong, Mariam Lam, and Kathy Nguyen, eds.,
Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian
Women in the Diaspora, University of Washington Press

Duncan, Patti and Gina Wong eds., Mothering in East Asian Communities:
Politics and Practices, Demeter Press

Poblete, JoAnna, Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in
Hawai'i, University of Illinois

Fojas, Camilla, Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and US Power, University of
Texas Press

Rosa, John, Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History,
University of Hawai'i Press

Hartlep, Nicholas Daniel, ed., The Model Minority Stereotype Reader: Critical
and Challenging Readings for the 21st Century, Cognella

Sohi, Seema, Echoes of Mutiny: Race, Surveillance, and Indian Anticolonialism
in North America, Oxford University Press

Hoskins, Janet Alison and Viet Thanh Nguyen, Transpacific Studies: Framing
an Emerging Field, University of Hawai'i Press

Sohn, Stephen Hong, Racial Asymmetries: Asian American Fictional Worlds,
New York University Press

Hum, Tarry, Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park,
Temple University Press

Thai, Hung Cam, Insufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in the Low Wage
Transnational Families, Stanford University Press

Ku, Robert Ji-Song, Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian
in the USA, University of Hawai'i Press

Thangaraj, Stanley, Daniel Burdsey, and Rajinder Dudrah, eds., Sport and
South Asian Diasporas: Playing through Time and Space, Abingdon:
Routledge

Kwon, Brenda, The Sum of Breathing, Bamboo Ridge Press
Lee, Jonathan H.X. with Kathleen Nadeau, eds., Asian American Identities and
Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life, Lexington Books-Rowman &
Littlefield

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Villegas, Mark R., and Kuttin’ Kandi, and Labrador, Roderick, eds., Empire of
Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America, Cognella Academic
Publishing

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Yoo, Grace J. and Kim, Barbara W., Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives
of Korean American Families, New York University Press

Maramba, Dina and Rick Bonus, eds., The “Other” Students: Filipino Americans,
Education, and Power, Information Age Publishing

Zhou, Xiaojing, Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American
Literature, University of Washington Press

Mayer, Ruth, Serial Fu Manchu: The Chinese Supervillain and the Spread of
Yellow Peril Ideology, Temple University Press

Books Published in 2013

Odo, Franklin, Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant
Workers in Hawai'i, Oxford University Press

Bald, Vivek, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, Manu Vimalassery, Sun Never Sets:
South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power, New York University Press
Chambers-Letson, Joshua Takano, A Race So Different: Performance and Law
in Asian America, New York University Press

Cheng, Cindy I-Fen, Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the
Cold War, New York University Press
Cheng, Wendy, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes, University of Minnesota
Cheung, Floyd, ed., The Hanging on Union Square by H. T. Tsiang, Kaya Press

Pak, Gary, Brothers Under a Same Sky, University of Hawai'i Press
Punathambekar, Aswin, From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global
Media Industry, New York University Press
Thoma, Pamela, Asian American Women’s Popular Literature: Feminizing
Genres and Neoliberal Belonging, Temple University Press
Wu, Judy Tzu-Chun, Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and
Feminism during the Vietnam Era, Cornell University Press

Choy, Catherine Ceniza, Global Families: A History of Asian International
Adoption in America, New York University Press

Gonzalez, Vernadette, Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai'i
and the Philippines, Duke University Press
Grewal, Zareena, Islam Is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global
Crisis of Authority, New York University Press
Hartlep, Nicholas Daniel, The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian
American Success, Information Age
Kina, Laura and Wei Ming Dariotis, War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian
American Art, University of Washington Press
Ku, Robert Ji-Song, Martin Manalansan IV, and Anita Mannur, eds., Eating
Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, New York University Press
Lim, Eng-Beng, Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the
Asias, New York University Press

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Plenary & President Sessions
Thursday, April 23
9:45am-11:30am

SITE COMMITTEE PLENARY
P1 AAAS
“Transformative Politics And Transgressive

Aesthetics: Asian And Asian American Youth Struggles
For Social Justice In The Global Midwest”
(Ballroom)

Organized around campaigns like “Coming Out Undocumented,” youth have
led the fight for progressive immigration reform, stopping deportations, and
highlighting the intersections between immigration, police violence, queer
rights, and incarceration. These strategies have helped form community
across diasporas, give voice and documentation to experiences often silenced
in dominant media and histories, and enabled broad public dialogue on
pressing issues facing the Asian diaspora. The turn to youth activism and
the arts also reimagines Chicago and the Midwest from one bounded by a
restrictive and limited national frame to emphasize how it shapes global
migration and culture. By bringing together speakers from the domains of
arts, activism, academia and journalism, this plenary seeks to facilitate a
dialogue on how Asian American youth have shaped new questions and
imperatives for the future of the global Midwest.
Organized by: Jinah Kim, Northwestern University

Ramona Gupta, Columbia College

Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderator:
Ramona Gupta, Columbia College, Chicago


Ramona Gupta is a community educator and organizer

born and raised in the Chicago area. She currently works at

Columbia College Chicago, where she focuses on student

development and social justice initiatives. She previously
worked with a number of Chicago-based education nonprofits. Ramona has

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also volunteered considerable time with grassroots organizations serving
APIA communities in Chicago, including the Leadership Center for Asian
Pacific Americans (LCAPA) and the South Asian Progressive Action Collective
(SAPAC). She recently joined the inaugural advisory council for the Journal
of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs. Ramona
received bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the
University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Public Service Management
from DePaul University. She welcomes all opportunities to connect and work
together toward justice.highlighting the importance of immigration reform in
conjunction with labor, health care and human rights issues.

Stephanie Camba

Stephanie “Soultree” Camba (nationofthangs) is a Writer,

Artist, Performer, and Healer-in-training-and-recovery

whose liberatory work has been centered around

undocumented immigrants, decolonizing the self,
imperialism in the Philippines, reclaiming body and self after trauma, wom@
nness, queerness, and much more. They believe that all oppression is
connected, all learning is continual, people over profit, process over product,
and love for and over everything.

Chantala Kommanivanh, M.F.A., Adjunct Professor

Northeastern Illinois University

Chantala Kommanivanh is an engaged Laotian American

Artist/educator living and working in Chicago. His primary

medium is mix media painting and he also has a background
in hip hop music as an active member of the rap group, “Maintenance Crew,”
for about 10 years to date. He currently teaches art history and painting at
Northeastern Illinois University. He is also producing a new body of work to
celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Lao Diaspora that is scheduled for
exhibition in June of 2015.

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Viveka Ray-Mazumder, Youth Organizer, Asian Americans

Advancing Justice-Chicago

Viveka Ray-Mazumder (Vi) is a 1.5 generation Indian

American youth worker and community organizer who grew
up in New York in the wake of 9/11. This moved Vi to become active around
issues of racial justice, youth empowerment, and prison abolition. Currently,
Vi runs a program called KINETIC for immigrant and refugee youth in Chicago
Public Schools through Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Chicago. Vi is
a founding collective member of Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR), a core
member of i2i: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, and a member of the
Advisory Council for the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education
and Student Affairs. Vi is passionate about using art as a tool for social
change, and building strong communities and chosen families. Vi holds a
bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Middlebury College.
Odette Yousef , M.F.A., Adjunct Professor.

Northeastern Illinois University

Odette Yousef is the North Side Bureau reporter for WBEZ

91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR affiliate. From her office on Devon

Ave., Odette primarily covers issues pertaining to the racial,
ethnic and religious groups who live and work on the city’s far North Side,
with a particular focus on Asian-Americans. Odette is also co-host of My
Chicago on WTTW Channel 11.

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Thursday, April 23
2:45pm-4:15pm

PRESIDENTIAL PANEL
P2 AAAS
The State of Critical Refugee Studies
(Michigan)

Organized by Linda Trinh Vo, University of California, Irvine
In 2015, the US will commemorate 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War.
For many refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, or Vietnam, this
historical marker is only one of many. Foreign intervention in the region did
not begin with U.S. involvement in the 1960s and the violence, trauma, and
indignities they would experience did not end in 1975. How can we speak
about the “refugee” in regards to themes of colonialism, war, displacement,
and resettlement without falling prey to constructions of refugees as victims
or model minorities? What academic and community-based interventions are
being made in critical refugee studies? How can these interventions reshape
the field of Asian American Studies that emerged from anti-war struggles?
How can we reflect on larger global conditions of warfare and contemporary
refugees?
Moderator:

Jonathan H. X. Lee, Associate Professor of Asian American
Studies, San Francisco State University

Jonathan H. X. Lee is an associate professor of Asian

American studies at San Francisco State University. He has

published extensively on Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese,
Chinese-Southeast Asian, and Asian American histories, folklore, cultures,
and religions. His works include Cambodian American Experiences: Histories,
Communities, Cultures, and Identities (2010); co-editor with Kathleen M.
Nadeau of the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife (2011);
and Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday
Life (2014); co-editor with Yuk Wah Chan and David Haines The Age of Asian
Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility, volume 1 (2014); Southeast
Asian Diaspora in the United States: Memories and Visions, Yesterday, Today,
and Tomorrow (2015); and author of History of Asian Americans: Exploring
Diverse Roots (2015).

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Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Associate Professor, English and
Asian/Asian American Studies and Director, Asian and
Asian American Studies Institute, University of
Connecticut
Demarcating the States of Southeast Asian American Studies

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian
American Studies at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and the director
of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. She is the author of two
monographs: Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (2011)
and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work. She is
presently a series editor for the Temple University Press “Asian American
Culture and History” series (with Linda Trinh Vo, K. Scott Wong, and David
Palumbo-Liu).

Chia Youyee Vang, Associate Professor of History, University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

‘Perpetual Refugees’ and the Politics of Seeking Refuge
across Time and Place

Chia Youyee Vang is an associate professor of History at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee whose teaching interests include 20th century U.S.Asia relations, Cold War politics, refugee migration, and transnational and
diaspora studies. Her research focuses on American involvement in Southeast
Asia in the post-WWII era and the large flow of refugees in the aftermath of
the American war in Vietnam, with an emphasis on refugee resettlement
policies and practices in Western nations. She is author of Hmong America:
Reconstructing Community in Diaspora (2010).

Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy, Assistant Professor, Graduate
School of Education, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

40 Years of Educating Southeast Asian Refugee Students &
Their Communities
Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy is an assistant professor in the Leadership in
Schooling program and core faculty member of the Center for Asian American
Studies at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is also a research fellow
with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC).
Her research focuses on Southeast Asian American and refugee students’
educational experiences and family and community engagement. She is the
president of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of
Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA).

Yen Le Espiritu, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies,
University of California, San Diego

Refugee Studies and Asian American Studies

Yen Le Espiritu is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Ethnic
Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has published widely
on Asian American panethnicity, gender and migration, and U.S. colonialism
and wars in Asia. Her most recent book is Body Counts: The Vietnam War and
Militarized Refuge(es) (University of California Press, 2014)

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Friday, April 24
9:45am-11:15am

PROGRAM COMMITTEE PLENARY
P3 AAAS
The Transnational Imaginary: Thinking Across

Geographies, Communities and Fields -- A
Conversation with Mathew Frye Jacobson, Nayan
Shah, and Julie Sze
(Ballroom)

This plenary gathers together some of our most exciting thinkers to consider
the “the transnational” as a theoretical question, political possibility, and
practical problem. Speakers have been invited to address the following
questions: How has your work been informed by connections with people,
places, and fields outside you own? How might your work help us to think
through some of the most pressing transnational issues of the moment,
including the shifting terrain and enduring inequalities of labor, the
proliferation of new forms of social difference and social distinction, the
globalizing of social identities and movements, among other transnational
dynamics. How might these emerging dynamics force us to think about
(or rethink) concepts like “borderland” “global cities” or “empire?”
What possibilities do you see for scholarly work to foster new modes of
transnational thinking, affiliation, and engagement?
Panelists:


Mathew Frye Jacobson, William Robertson Coe
Professor of American Studies & History, Yale
University

Matthew Frye Jacobson, Ph.D., Brown University, 1992,

is professor of African American Studies, History, and

American Studies. He is the author of What Have they Built

You to Do?: The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America,
(with Gaspar Gonzalez, 2006), Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post–Civil
Rights America (2005), Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign
Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876–1917 (2000), Whiteness of a Different Color:
European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1998), and Special Sorrows:
The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United
States (1995). He is currently at work on Odetta’s Voice and Other Weapons:
The Civil Rights Era as Cultural History.
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Nayan Shah, Professor and Chair of American Studies and

Ethnicity and History, University of Southern California

Nayan Shah is Professor and Chair of the Department of

American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern

California and the author of “Contagious Divides: Epidemics

and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown” (University of

California Press, 2001) and “Stranger Intimacy: Contesting
Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West” (University of
California Press, 2012). He is a Co-Editor of “GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and
Gay Studies.”
Julie Sze, Associate Professor and Director of American

Studies at University of California, Davis

Julie Sze is an Associate Professor and the Director of

American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding

director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC
Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment, and in that

capacity is the Faculty Advisor for 25 Stories from the Central
Valley. She received her doctorate from New York University in American
Studies. Sze’s research investigates environmental justice and environmental
inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/
community health and activism and has been funded by the Ford Foundation,
the American Studies Association and the UC Humanities Research Institute.
Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and
Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize,
awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies. Her
second book is called Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears
in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015). She has authored and co-authored 35 peerreviewed articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics and has given
talks in China, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, France and Italy.
Discussants:
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New
York University
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Professor of History, Ohio State University

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Friday, April 24

Panelists:

3:00pm-4:30pm

PRESIDENTIAL PANEL
P4 AAAS
The State of Immigration Fifty Years After 1965
(Heritage)

Organized by Linda Trinh Vo, University of California, Irvine
In 2015, it will be 50 years since the passage of the Immigration Act of
1965. There are varying accounts of the intentions of this legislation, but
undoubtedly, it transformed the formation of Asian America. How have the
geopolitics of the Cold War and the War on Terror as well as constructions of
the “undocumented” tempered immigration policies and the treatment of
immigrant populations. While Asian Americans are cast as good immigrants
who can revitalize the U.S. economy and celebrated for their multicultural
contributions, ever present are the narratives of them as forever foreigners
who are subjects of racial profiling, surveillance, and deportation. How
are Asian immigrants positioned vis-a-vis other immigrants, how are they
situated in the debates on immigration reform, and how are immigrant
mobility and rights being redefined?
Moderator:

Angie Y. Chung, Associate Professor, University at Albany
State University of New York

Angie Y. Chung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at
the University at Albany and former Visiting Professor at Yonsei and Korea
University. She is the author of the book Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and
Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007) on
the dynamics of intergenerational conflict and cooperation among ethnic
organizations in Koreatown, Los Angeles. She is currently working on a book
manuscript on the effects of family roles on adult-age children of immigrant
families and a new project on the role of immigrant political elite in growth
and (re)development in Koreatown and Monterey Park, Los Angeles.

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Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Asian
American Studies, University of California, Davis

Globalization and the New Complexities of Asian
Im/migration
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez has written extensively on Asian im/migration from
a global and transnational perspective. In addition to numerous articles,
Rodriguez has written two books including, Migrants for Export (University of
Minnesota, 2010), which focuses on im/migration from the Philippines and
Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-authored
with Pawan Dhingra) which offers a critical overview of the most recent and
cutting edge scholarship on Asian Americans. Rodriguez is also a long-time
immigrant rights activist.

Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of

Law, UCLA School of Law

Immigration Law and Asian America: Searching for the Right
Paradigm(s)
Hiroshi Motomura is the author of Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford
2014), Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in
the United States (Oxford 2006), and many widely cited articles and essays
on immigration and citizenship, and is the co-author of two law school
casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship (7th ed. West 2012) and Forced
Migration (2d ed. West 2013). He has served on the Board of Governors of the
University of North Carolina Press and is currently a member of the Editorial
Board of the International Migration Review. Motomura is one of 26 law
professors nationwide featured in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard
2013), and he has won several teaching awards, most recently the Chris
Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award from the Conference of Asian Pacific
American Law Faculty (CAPALF) in 2013 and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching
Award in 2014.

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Saturday, April 25
9:45am-11:15am


Lisa Marie Cacho, Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies
and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign

The Rule of Law

Lisa Marie Cacho is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign in Latina/Latino Studies and Asian American Studies with
affiliations in Gender and Women’s Studies, English, and the Unit for Criticism
and Interpretive Theory. Her book, Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness
and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (NYU press, 2012) examines how
illegality, criminality, and social death work interdependently to assign
human value and to render relations of inequality normative and natural in
both dominant and oppositional discourses. Social Death received the John
Hope Franklin award in 2013 for best book in American Studies.

Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor, University of
Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Migrant Rights in an Era of Deportation

Monisha Das Gupta is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s
Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She has been been involved
in multi-racial efforts to organize for immigrant rights in the face of their
criminalization and her current research project examines anti-deportation
activism. She is the author of Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and
Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States (Duke University Press,
2006) and has since written articles and book chapters on immigrant-led
social justice efforts and the relationship between scholarship and activism.

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PRESIDENT PLENARY
P5 AAAS
The State of Asian American Studies and the Critical
University
(Ballroom)

Organized by Linda Trinh Vo, University of California, Irvine
The field of Asian American Studies emerged during a period of social and
political transformation and dissent domestically and internationally.
Demographic growth and university restructuring continues to reshape the
formation of Asian American Studies/American Studies/Ethnic Studies. How
are these fields positioning themselves and redefining institutions of higher
learning and what kinds of challenges lay ahead? In the face of shrinking
university budgets, corporatization/privatization, rising tuition, neoliberal
multiculturalism, and militarized surveillance, what are the stakes in
building a more inclusive educational environment and protecting academic
autonomy? Prominent scholars who lead Asian American Studies programs
across the country address the range of predicaments.
Moderator:
Sharmila Rudrappa, Associate Professor, Department of

Sociology, and Director, Center for Asian American

Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Sharmila Rudrappa is an Associate Professor in the
Department of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin and is chair of
Asia/ Asian America Section for the American Sociological Association. She is
the author of Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and
the Cultures of Citizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2004), which explores
race and activism in late 20th century Chicago. Her research interests are on
feminist theory, labor, gender/ sexuality, and bio-markets. She is author of
the forthcoming Markets in Life: Surrogate Mothers on India’s Reproductive
Assembly Lines (NYU Press).

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Panelists:


Karen J. Leong, Associate Professor and Head of Faculty,
Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social
Transformation, Arizona State University

Anna Guevarra, Associate Professor and Director, Asian

American Studies Program, University of Illinois at

Chicago

Asian American Studies and the New American University:
Challenges, Opportunities, and Non-Negotiables

Karen J. Leong is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and
Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at
Arizona State University. Her research is interdisciplinary, and engages Ethnic
Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and American Studies with an emphasis
on Asian American Studies. She is currently working on two book projects,
one about the Japanese American community in Arizona and the other a
co-authored book about the intersections of the Japanese American War
Relocation and the Urban Indian Relocation Projects from the 1940s through
1960s.


Min Hyoung Song, Director of the Asian American Studies
Program and Director of the English MA Program, Boston
College

Who We Want to Be: Asian American Studies in the 21st
Century
Min Hyoung Song is professor of English at Boston College, where he directs
both the Asian American Studies Program and the English MA Program. He
is the author of The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian
American (winner of the 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Prize) and Strange Future:
Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. He was the editor of the Journal
of Asian American Studies and is co-editing The Cambridge History of Asian
American Literature.

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Underrepresented or Underserved: Asian Americans and the
Politics of Exception

Anna Guevarra is an Associate Professor and Director of the Asian American
Studies Program and Co-PI of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative at the University of
Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarly, creative, and teaching interests focus on
immigrant and transnational labor, the Filipino diaspora, critical studies of
community engagement, and transnational feminist praxis. She is the author
of Marketing Dreams and Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor
Brokering of Filipino Workers.

Junaid Rana, Associate Professor and (former) Acting Head

of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana
Champaign

BDS and Academic Freedom

Junaid Rana is an associate professor of Asian American Studies at
the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with appointments in the
Department of Anthropology, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern
Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. He is the author of
the book Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora (Duke,
2011), winner of the 2013 Association of Asian American Studies Book Award
in the Social Sciences. He is also the co-editor of the Critical Ethnic Studies
Journal.

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Board Sponsored Panel & Events
Saturday, April 25
1:15pm-2:45pm

Race through Corporate University
S29 Killing
Management and the Need for Critical University

and maintain race/life. Our roundtable will focus on this urgent issue by
illustrating how fields like Asian American Studies need to respond, refortify,
and reshape our mission of encouraging the development of critically and
civically minded engaged global citizens.
Moderator:


Jinah Kim,
Assistant Director of the Asian American Studies Program,
Northwestern University

Panelists:



Anna Gonzalez,
Dean of Students/Chief Student
Affairs Officer,
Lewis and Clark University

Studies

(Bonbright)
Organized by Jinah Kim and Nitasha Sharma, Northwestern University
This panel will discuss the urgent necessity for a Critical University Studies
curriculum in a time when universities are masking racism under the veil of
inclusiveness. We propose a moderated dialogue featuring the perspectives
of students, faculty, administrators, and activists about 1) the impacts of
the growing corporatization of the university and the silencing of topics
considered uncivil, such as white supremacy, zionism, anti-capitalism, and
sexual assault; 2) the role and relevance of activism in navigating these
changes; and 3) discussing our collective vision of a progressive, critical,
and civically minded university. Ultimately, we seek to engender a dialogue
about how we as students, administration, faculty, and community members,
can take steps to enact transformative change in a time of corporate
management.
The corporate university has turned to the language of diversity to market
itself and to push back against progressive anti-racist work conducted
by Ethnic Studies programs and committed students of color. The rise of
diversity management is concomitant with an intense backlash against
race: race as an area of scholarly activity, as a movement, as an embodied
experience, and as an organized—and justified—response against racism on
campus and beyond. Private and public universities are seeking to contain
race through the rhetoric of “diversity” by transforming material inequalities
based on race into horizontal and celebrated “differences” that can be
administered and managed with rules and regulations. This management of
race, through the monitoring of Ethnic Studies faculty, denial of on-campus
forms of racism, and obfuscation of real talk about inequality in favor of
celebrations of diversity, neuter insurgent and critical potentials. That is:
the corporate university is killing race through management. These policies
put added pressure for entities like Asian American Studies to sustain

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Kent Ono,
Professor and Chair,
Department of

Communication,
University of Utah





Cinthya Rodriguez,
Undergraduate Student,
African American Studies,
Latin@/a Studies,
Asian American Studies,
Northwestern University

Nitasha Sharma,
Associate Professor,
African American Studies,
Asian American Studies,
Northwestern University

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Friday, April 24
8:00am

Thursday, April 23
6:00pm-10:00pm
Work Werq
Art Exhibition and Performances featuring
Chicago-based Asian American Artists
Location: FLATSstudio, 1050 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL
(CTA: easily accessible on the RED Line, Wilson stop)

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JOURNAL OF ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES PANEL
Academic Freedom, Publishing and the Future of
Asian American Studies
(Rogers)

Organized by Anita Mannur, Miami University, Rick Bonus, University of
Washington, Seattle, and Camilla Fojas, DePaul University
Work (\ˈwərk\) noun, verb, adjective: labor, process, art.
Werq (\ˈwərk\) verb: to wear (whether clothes or skin) with ferocity.
Work Werq challenges preconceived notions of Asian (American) identity.
The exhibition presents Chicago-based Asian American artists who explore
a range of topics including: migration, globalization, gender, queer politics
and identity. Opening night will include visual arts of various media and
performances.
Curators: Jacqueline Chao and Aram Han Sifuentes

Work Werq
Exhibition dates: April 23-May 8, 2015
Location: FLATSstudio, 1050 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL
(CTA: easily accessible on the RED Line, Wilson stop).
Opening reception: Thursday, April 23, from 6-10 PM
Featuring performances, DJ, and free beer and cocktails throughout the
evening.
Sponsored by KOVAL and Lakeshore Beverages
To attend the opening reception, please RSVP to rsvp@flatschicago.com

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In 2015 national attention converged around the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign when Steven Salaita’s previous offer of employment was
rescinded. The continuing conversations and activism has spurred important
conversations about the limits of academic freedom during these precarious
times. In this panel, we consider how the issue of academic freedom has vital
implications for the kinds of critical and activist work that Asian American
Studies can and has historically done within the academy. How can Asian
American studies intervene ethically into the question of academic freedom?
How is the corporate university defining the parameters of scholarly work?
How does the larger academic community—including publishers, tenured
and contingent faculty, union representatives and graduate students—
respond intellectually, psychically and intersectionally to this systemic
attempt to dismantle critical ethnic studies?
Moderator:
Anita Mannur, Associate Professor, Miami University, Ohio

Anita Mannur is an Associate Professor in the Department

of English and Program in Asian/ Asian American Studies

at Miami University. She is also director of the Program in
 
Women’s,
Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of the Culinary
Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture (Temple 2010; Munshiram
Manoharlal 2013) and coeditor of Theorizing Diaspora (Wiley 2004) and Eating
Asian America (NYU 2013). In 2012 she received the AAAS Early Career Award.
Her current work is on the representation of toxicity and contamination in
transnational food systems. She is also currently the editor of the Journal of
Asian American Studies.

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Panelists:


Martin F Manalansan IV, Associate Professor, Department
of Anthropology and Asian American Studies, University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Under Siege: Academic Freedom, Neoliberal Nightmares and
Queer Futures
 

Martin F. Manalansan IV is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian
American Studies and a Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Global Divas:
Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de
Manila University Press, 2006) which was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize
in 2003. He is editor/co-editor of three anthologies: Cultural Compass:
Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple 2000) and Queer
Globalizations (NYU, 2002), Eating Asian America (NYU 2013). Presently, he is
Social Science Review Editor of GLQ. His current book projects include the
ethical and embodied dimensions of the lives and struggles of undocumented
queer immigrants, Asian American immigrant culinary cultures, sensory and
affective dimensions of race and difference, and Filipino return migration.
David Palumbo-Liu, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor and

Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Academic Freedom—Background to the Concept and
Current Attacks

 

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor and Professor of
Comparative Literature at Stanford. His most recent book is The Deliverance
of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age. He is a Contributing Editor for
The Los Angeles Review of Books and writes for The Nation, Salon, Truthout, Al
Jazeera, Huffington Post, Boston Review, and other venues.

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Richard Morrison, Editorial Director, Fordham University

Press

Technologies of Intimidation: On (Not) Publishing in the
Shadow of the Imperial University

 Richard Morrison, Editorial Director of Fordham University Press, has worked

in scholarly publishing since 1993, beginning as an editorial assistant at
Duke University Press and most recently serving as Editorial Director and
Humanities Editor at the University of Minnesota Press.

Chris Vials, Associate Professor of English, University of

Connecticut, Storrs

The American Association of College Professors (AAUP) and
the Discourse of Academic Freedom

  Chris Vials is an Associate Professor of English at the University of

Connecticut-Storrs, where he also served as Interim Director of American
Studies. He is the author of Realism for the Masses: Aesthetics, Popular Front
Pluralism, and U.S. Culture, 1935-1947 (University Press of Mississippi, 2009)
and Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in
the United States (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, Dec 2014). He is currently
editing a collection on American literature in the 1940s for Cambridge
University Press. His is now at work on a third project on the fraying appeal
of neoliberal temporality in U.S. culture, and what this bodes for the country’s
class composition, racial formation, and projects of empire abroad. He has
a career-long investment in issues of academic labor: he has served on the
Executive Committee of the AAUP at UConn for the past 2 years, and earlier
served as President of the Graduate Employee Organization (UAW) at the
University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Friday, April 24
7:00pm-8:00pm
TATSU AOKI’S MIYUMI PROJECT: CELEBRATING 20
YEARS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN JAZZ EXPERIENCE IN
CHICAGO
(2nd floor Heritage Ballroom)

Presented by
the Association for
Asian American Studies and
the Asian American Studies Program
at Northwestern University

Join us for this FREE concert, in conjunction with the Association for Asian
American Studies conference, to celebrate one of Chicago’s premier musicians
and the 20th year of Chicago’s Asian American Jazz Festival.
Tatsu Aoiki’s ensemble The Miyumi Project is one of the longest standing
amalgams of Chicago’s avant-garde jazz and the Japanese traditional music.
The Miyumi Project is a collaboration between African-American and Asian
American jazz artists, which explores a nexus of past and present cultures.
The Miyumi Project features Tatsu Aoiki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson,
Jaime Kempers, KIOTO, Coco Elysses and special guests.
About Tatsu Aoki: Tatsu Aoki is the founder and Executive Director of
Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW), the region’s leading presenter of the
Asian American cultural arts and the critically acclaimed annual Chicago
Asian American Jazz Festival and the Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency
project. Aoki is an award winning artist, composer, musician, educator and a
consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works
in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music,
jazz, experimental and creative music.
Sponsored by Northwestern University Department of Asian American Studies

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TATSU AOKI'S MIYUMI PROJECT:
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN JAZZ
EXPERIENCE IN CHICAGO

24

FRI, APRIL
2015
7:00 PM

Hilton Orrington Hotel
2nd floor Heritage Ballroom
1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 602012

FREE
FREE
FREE

Tatsu Aoki’s ensemble The Miyumi Project is one of the longest standing amalgams of Chicago’s
avant-garde jazz and the Japanese traditional music. The Miyumi Project is a collaboration between
African-American and Asian American jazz artists, which explores a nexus of past and present cultures.
The Miyumi Project features Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempers, KIOTO, Coco
Elysses and special guests.

Ab
About Tatsu Aoki: Tatsu Aoki is the founder and Executive Director of Asian Improv aRts Midwest
(AIRMW), the region’s leading presenter of the Asian American cultural arts and the critically acclaimed
annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and the Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency project. Aoki is
an award winning artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute
player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese
music, jazz, experimental and creative music.

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MeNtorship Program
Thursday, April 23
1:00pm-2:30pm
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PANEL
T36 AAAS
Grant Writing Session
(Cummings)

Grants, fellowships, and post-docs often require a style of writing not typically
taught in seminars. This panel brings together successful recipients of
internal funding awards, national fellowships and post-docs, and community
based grants that will share their experiences (as both graduate students and
faculty) in crafting proposals. Bring your questions and find out how all the
little things you do can add up to the best grant ever!

Daryl Maeda, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado
Boulder

Daryl Maeda is chair and associate professor of Ethnic

Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research

and teaching interests center on social movements,

radicalism, and trans-Pacific cultures. He is the author of
Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America (Minnesota,
2009) and Rethinking the Asian American Movement
(Routledge, 2012).
Shalini Shankar, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Northwestern University

Organized and Moderated by:
Ray San Diego, University of California, Irvine

Shalini Shankar is a sociocultural and linguistic

anthropologist whose central concerns include media,

semiotics, race and ethnicity, youth culture, Asian America,

and the South Asian diaspora. She has conducted research

with South Asian American children and teenagers, with

advertising executives and media producers, and is

currently studying spelling bees. Her forthcoming book is
Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and Asian American
Consumers (Duke 2015), and she is also the author of Desi
Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley (Duke 2008).

Panelists:
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Associate Professor, History, San Francisco State
University

Christine Bacareza Balance, Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies,
University of California, Irvine

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Dawn Bohulano Mabalon is Associate Professor of History at
San Francisco State University. She is a National Scholar
on the board of the Filipino American National Historical
Society and a co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation
in Stockton, California. She is the author of Little Manila Is
in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American
Community in Stockton, California (Duke, 2013).

Christine Bacareza Balance is Assistant Professor in Asian

American Studies at UC Irvine. For this 2014-2015 academic

year, she is a Fellow in the prestigious Society for

Humanities program at Cornell University. Balance has

been the recipient of a Consortium for Faculty Diversity

(CFD) Pre-doctoral Fellowship at Vassar College (2006-2007),

a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Riverside

(2007-2009), a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

at Duke University (2013-2014). Her research and

collaborative projects have been funded by the Woodrow
Wilson Foundation, UC Pacific Rim, UC Humanities Research Institute
(UCHRI), UCI’s Council on Research, Computing and Libraries (CORCL) and
its School of Humanities (SOH) grant programs. From 2004-2006, she was a
Research Associate for the Arts & Culture Program at The Ford Foundation.

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Thursday, April 23
4:30pm-6:00pm

T66

AAAS MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE PANEL
On the Question of Contingent Faculty: What Can
AAAS Do?
(Holgate)

The rise in numbers of contingent faculty and other forms of nontraditional
academic labor has brought to our attention the changing political economic
landscape of the American university and its impact on our field and our
profession, including our careers and the prospects for our present and
future educators. This panel will address the realities of contingent faculty
situations. What do we need to know about them and what can we do?
Organized by the AAAS Mentorship Committee
Moderator: Linta Varghese

Linta Varghese teaches in the Asian American Studies

Program at Hunter College, CUNY. She is currently working

on a manuscript titled Economies of Diaspora: The Indian

State, Diasporic Entrepreneurs, and Cultures of Neoliberalism,

which examines the financialization of Indian American

diasporic investment in India and the role that Indian

American entreprenuers have played in this. Her past
research has focused on South Asian domestic workers in New York City
and new forms of immigrant organizing. She has taught courses on Asian
diasporas, Asians in the United States, Capitalism, and transnational
American Studies.

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Panelists:
Lawrence Hashima, Lecturer, Cal State University, Long Beach

Larry Hashima is a lecturer in Asian and Asian American

Studies, English, and American Studies at California State

University, Long Beach, and instructor in Ethnic Studies

at Fullerton College. He is a PhD candidate in American

Culture at the University of Michigan and holds an MA in

American Studies from Washington State University. His

research examines narratives of Japanese American
incarceration in films, literature, memoirs, and community and government
documents.
Chrissy Lau, Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Chrissy Lau received her Ph.D from the Department of

History at UC Santa Barbara in 2013. Afterwards, she briefly

served as the Goldman Sachs Multicultural Junior Fellow

at the National Museum for American History with the

Smithsonian Institute. She is now a Visiting Assistant

Professor at Cornell University and working on her book
manuscript, Loving Luxury: The Affective Economies of the

Japanese American Middle Class, 1900-1940s.
Ji-Young Um, Visiting Assistant Professor, Williams College

Ji-Young Um is Visiting Assistant Professor with

appointments in American Studies Program and in

English Department at Williams College. Um has written and

presented on representations of minority soldiers in the

U.S., intersections of militarism, empire, and racism, Asian

Americans and U.S. wars in Asia, and visual cultures and

race. She teaches courses on a variety of related topics in

literary and cultural studies, including race and crime
fictions, cultures of US wars and empire, and post-1945 American fiction.

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Friday, April 24
1:15pm-2:45pm
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PANEL
F40 AAAS
The Story of Their (Academic) Lives
(Cummings)

Rather than focus on particular milestones, this panel focuses more on the
day-to-day tactics for surviving and thriving in academic environments. The
panelists will begin by recalling critical moments in their careers and share
the serious, the humbling, and the humorous lessons they learned along the
way. The panelists will also share their experiences navigating the academy
(as a student and a professor) regarding—but not limited to—race, gender,
sexuality, class, and ability. We will engage in an interactive and honest
dialogue that welcomes the questions and anxieties that you may not want to
ask elsewhere.

Organized and Moderated by:
Ray San Diego, University of California, Irvine

Panelists:
Joshua Chambers-Letson, Assistant Professor, Performances Studies,
Northwestern University

Joshua Chambers-Letson is Assistant Professor in the

Department of Performance Studies of Northwestern

University where his research and teaching interests

include contemporary art, Marxism, law, contemporary

political theory, Asian American studies, and queer theory.

He is the author of A Race So Different: Law and Performance

in Asian America (NYU Press, 2013), winner of the 2014

Outstanding Book Award from the Association of Theater

in Higher Education (ATHE), and is currently working on
a book titled, The Coming Communism: Marxist Theory and Minoritarian
Performance. Other academic articles can be found (or are forthcoming)
in Social Text, Political Theory, Criticism Journal, MELUS, Women &
Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Journal of Popular Music Studies,
Theater Survey, and TDR: The Drama Review.

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OiYan Poon, Assistant Professor, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago

OiYan Poon is an assistant professor of Higher Education at

Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on

affirmative action policies in selective college admissions,

racial inequalities in college access, and Asian Americans

in higher education. Prior to earning her Ph.D. in Education

with a graduate certificate in Asian American Studies at

UCLA, she worked as a Student Affairs professional serving
Asian American & Pacific Islander students at UC Davis and George Mason
University.
Việt Lê, Assistant Professor, Visual Studies Program, California College of the
Arts

Việt Lê is an artist, writer and curator focused on issues of

trauma, popular culture, sexuality and memory. Lê ‘s work

has been featured internationally including the Banffe

Center (Alberta), Frameline Film Festival (San Fransisco);

Dobaebasca Gallery (Seoul), Java Arts (Phnom Penh) and H

Gallery (Bangkok). Lê received his M.F.A. from the University

of California, Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and

Visual Culture courses. He received his Ph.D. from the

University of Southern California and is currently an
Assistant Professor in the Visual Studies program at California College of the
Arts. vietle.net
Robyn Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, University of
California, Davis

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez has written extensively on Asian

im/migration from a global and transnational perspective.

In addition to numerous articles, Rodriguez has written two
books including, Migrants for Export (University of

Minnesota, 2010), which focuses on im/migration from the
Philippines and Asian America: Sociological and
Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-authored with Pawan

Dhingra) which offers a critical overview of the most recent

and cutting edge scholarship on Asian Americans. Rodriguez
is also a long-time immigrant
rights activist.

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Friday, April 24
4:45pm-6:15pm
MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE PANEL
F67 AAAS
Roundtable on the Nuts and Bolts of Publishing
(Cummings)

This roundtable brings together two university press editors and three
professors for a conversation on the nuts and bolts of publishing, from
proposing a book project all the way to its eventual publication, marketing,
and distribution. Learn about tips, strategies, and other insider details from
the combined professional experiences of the panelists who will also field
questions from the audience during the later part of this session.
Organized by the AAAS Mentorship Committee

Dawn Durante, Acquisitions Editor, University of Illinois Press

Dawn Durante is an acquisitions editor at the University

of Illinois Press. She joined the Press in 2011 and acquires

in the fields of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies,

African American studies, Asian American Studies, and

American Studies. Within these fields, she works on several

series, including the Asian American Experience; Women,

Gender, and Sexuality in American History; and The New
Black Studies series.
Anthony C. Ocampo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona



Anthony C. Ocampo’s research focuses on immigration,
race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. He is currently
finishing a book on Filipino racialization in Los Angeles,
under contract with Stanford university press.

Moderator: David K. Yoo, Professor of Asian American Studies,
University of California, Los Angeles




David K. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies, and
Director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA. He is
co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History
(New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He served
as the Senior Editor of Amerasia Journal from 2011-2013.

Panelists:
Ranjit Arab, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Washington Press

Ranjit acquires mostly in the fields of Asian American,

American, and Indigenous studies, as well as Western and

environmental histories. He comes from a journalism

background (with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking),

and has over a decade of experience in academic publishing,

starting on the marketing side as publicist for the University

Press of Kansas, a job he held for six years, before

transitioning to the editorial side there. He has served as an

editor at the University of Washington Press since 2012,

and has worked to expand the press’s lists—especially in
Asian American and indigenous studies—beyond its traditionally regional focus
to look more at transnational approaches and decolonizing perspectives.

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Gary Pak, Professor of English and Member, Center for Korean Studies,
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Gary Pak is a professor of English and a member of the

Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai'i at

Mānoa. He has published three novels and two collections

of short stories. His latest novel is Brothers Under a Same
Sky (Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press, 2013). His current

research is on the Local jazz scene, exotica [music] and the

Donghak Peasants Revolution of 1894 [Korea].

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Saturday, April 25
3:00pm-4:30pm

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AAAS MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE PANEL
AT THE HELM: Chairing/Directing Asian American
Studies
(Cummings)

What are the biggest challenges in heading an Asian American Studies
program, center, or department? What unique opportunities and
programmatic potentials does being an Asian American Studies leader look
forward to? Is it all worth it? These questions and more will be tackled by this
dynamic panel of experienced leaders who will also respond to discussion
questions later in the session.
Organized by the AAAS Mentorship Committee
Moderator: Janelle Wong, Director, Asian American Studies, University
of Maryland

Janelle Wong is Director of the Asian American Studies

Program at the University of Maryland. She received her PhD

from the Department of Political Science at Yale University.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2012, she was

at the University of Southern California. Janelle was a

Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for

Scholars, Washington, DC, in 2006-2007. Her research is on

race, immigration, and political mobilization. She is
currently on the board of the Association for Asian American Studies. Janelle
has devoted her career to advancing the study of Asian Americans in the
U.S. and to supporting the education of students from all backgrounds,
particularly Asian Americans and underrepresented students. She has written
three books on Asian Americans and politics and published more than 30
essays on the topic. She has developed campus programs to address racial
discrimination, immigrant rights, and political representation. Most recently
she has partnered with the 1882 Project, served as a public advocate for raceconscious affirmative action policies, and helped to develop new programs
for undocumented students at the University of Maryland.

Panelists:
Kent A. Ono, Chair, Department of Communication, University of Utah

Kent A. Ono has authored/co-authored: Contemporary

Media Culture and the Remnants of a Colonial Past (Peter
Lang, 2009); Asian Americans and the Media with Vincent
Pham (Polity, 2009); and Shifting Borders: Rhetoric,

Immigration, and California’s Proposition 187 with John

Sloop (Temple University Press, 2002). He is currently

interim editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural
Studies.
Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Professor, English and Asian/Asian American
Studies, and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute,
University of Connecticut

Cathy Schlund-Vials is Associate Professor of English and

Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of

Connecticut. She is also the director of the Asian and Asian

American Studies Institute (UConn). She is the author of
two monographs: Modeling Citizenship: Naturalization in

Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press,
2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian
American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press 2012). In addition to
book chapters in multiple collections, Dr. Schlund-Vials has published and
forthcoming essays in Life Writing, Journal of Asian American Studies, MELUS,
Modern Language Studies, Amerasia, American Literary History, and positions.
Dr. Schlund-Vials was the 2011 recipient of the Association for American
University Professors “Teaching Promise” Award and the 2013 “Early Career
Award” from the Association for Asian American Studies. She was recently
named a series editor (with David Palumbo-Liu, Linda Trinh Vo, and K. Scott
Wong) for Temple University Press’s Asian American History and Culture
initiative.

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Gary Okihiro, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia
University








Gary Y. Okihiro is professor of international and public affairs
and the founding director of the Center for the Study
of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. He is author of
ten books, including his latest, Pineapple Culture: A
History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones (2009). He
received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American
Studies Association and the Association for Asian American
Studies, and received an honorary doctorate from the
University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa.

Madeline Y. Hsu, Associate Professor, Department of History, and Core Faculty,
Center for Asian American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Madeline Y. Hsu served as the Director of the Center for

Asian American Studies 2006-2014 and is presently an

Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at

Austin. She wrote Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home:

Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States

and South China, 1882-1943 (Stanford University Press, 2000)

which received the 2002 Association for Asian American

Studies History Book Award. She is editor of Chinese
American Transnational Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2010) and
co-editor with Sucheng Chan of Chinese Americans and the Politics of
Culture (Temple University Press, 2008). Her second monograph, The Good
Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became a Model Minority, 1872-1966, is
forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2015.

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Receptions & Meetings
Wednesday, April 22
2:00pm-6:00pm

Section Meeting: Filipino Caucus
(Heritage Ballroom)

3:00pm-4:30pm

New Board Member Orientation

5:00pm-10:00pm

AAAS Board Meeting

Thursday, April 23
7:30am-8:45am

Morning Coffee Break
(2nd Floor Hallway)
Sponsored by The John Hopkins University Press

8:00am-9:00am

Morning Coffee Break
(9th Floor Hallway across from the exhibits near Bonbright)
Sponsored by The John Hopkins University Press

6:15pm-7:30pm

AAAS Welcome and Celebration of New Books Reception
(9th Floor Book Exhibit Area)
Sponsored by AAAS & Northwestern University
Hosted wine and non-alcoholic cider for the first 300 attendees.

Friday, April 24

7:30am-9:00am

Mentorship Committee Meeting
(Harris Boardroom)

2:45pm-3:30pm

Coffee Break
(9th Floor)
Sponsored by American Studies & Ethnicity and KAYA Press,
University of Southern California and Asian Pacific American Studies
Program, Arizona State University

7:00pm-8:00pm

Performance by Tatsu Aoki’S Miyumi Project: Celebrating 20
years of the Asian American Jazz Experience in Chicago
(Heritage Ballroom)

Saturday, April 25
8:30am-10:00am

Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) Editorial Board Meeting
(Harris Boardroom)

9:00am-9:45am

Coffee Break
(2nd Floor)
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Center and Department,
University of California, Los Angeles and Asian American and Asian
Diaspora Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

4:45pm-5:45pm

General Membership Meeting
(Hinman Theatre)

6:00pm-7:30pm
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Awards Reception
(Ballroom)

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SECTION MEETINGS

Drop-in Clinic
The Drop-in Clinic is a space for students (undergraduate and graduate)
and junior faculty to develop stronger mentorship relationships. It provides
30-minute one-on-one consultations with a professor to discuss insights,
tips, and experiences about applying to PhD programs, dissertation writing,
questions about the job market, tips for getting tenure, etc. Faculty can
also review your current materials by providing feedback on CVs, teaching
philosophies, job letters, book proposals, etc. Any remaining appointment slots
will be available for sign-up in the Marcy Board Room on the 9th floor.

DROP-IN CLINIC FACULTY

Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25

3:00pm-5:00pm 1:00pm-3:00pm
(Marcy) (Marcy)

Leslie Bow, Vichet Chhuon,
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Vernadette Gonzalez,
Mariam Lam,
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
University of California, Riverside
Pawan Dhingra, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales,
Tufts University
San Francisco State University
Robert Ku,
Binghamton University,

State University of New York

Student Lounge
If you are looking for a casual place to socialize, searching for a spot to make
last minute preparations for your session, or simply in need of a moment of
zen, the student lounge provides a welcoming space to meet other undergraduate and graduate students.

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

10:00am-5:00pm 10:00am-5:00pm
(Fowler Room) (Fowler Room)

Saturday, April 25
9:00am-2:00pm
(Fowler Room)

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Thursday, April 23
11:45am-12:45pm

SC1

Section Meeting 1
Cummings

SC2
SC3
SC4

Southeast Asian
Holgate

Small Section 3
Michigan

Small Section 4
Heritage

Friday, April 24
11:30am-1:00pm

SC5
SC6
SC7

East of California
Northshore

Information Science
Mulford

Saturday, April 25
11:30am-1:00pm

SC11
SC12
SC13
SC14
SC15
SC16
SC17

Section Meeting
Northshore

Section Meeting
Mulford

Mixed Race
Cummings

Japanese American
Bonbright

Section Meeting
Rogers

Section Meeting
Holgate

Section Meeting
Heritage

Cultural Heritage
Cummings

SC8

Contingent Faculty
Bonbright

Asian American Literarty Review
Holgate

SC9
SC10

Filipino/Filipino American
Heritage

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Tours
Thursday, April 23
9:15am-12:15pm

Research Tour – Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields
(Memorial/JASC Legacy Center Archives)
Learn about Chicago’s Asian American research archives. Join us for a tour
of the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
(CAHM) and engage in a group dialogue on the Cambodian-American
Experience in Chicago led by Volunteer Management Coordinator, Tola
Ros and Kaoru Wantanabe. The Museum and Memorial, which is the
only memorial of its kind outside Cambodia, was founded in 2004 by the
Cambodian Association of Illinois and serves the community through
preservation and advancement of Cambodian arts and culture, the
promotion of genocide awareness and human rights, and the facilitation of
healing for Cambodian genocide survivors.
Following the CAHM tour/dialogue, JASC Legacy Center manager Karen
Kanemoto will provide an overview of the JASC Legacy Center – a communitybased archive and library that collects, preserves, and makes historical
resources from the Japanese American community in the metropolitan
Chicago area available for research and reference purposes.

Friday, April 24
11:30am-2:00pm

Devon Avenue Culinary and Cultural Tour
$45 dollars per person; 20 max participants
Join food historian and journalist Colleen Taylor Sen for an international
culinary and cultural walking tour of Chicago’s Devon Avenue — home to
Pakistani, Indian, Bengali, Assyrian, and Jewish communities. The program
will include visiting an Indian sweet shop, Indian supermarket/spice market,
Bengali fish market, Halal butcher, Jewish grocery store and more. Guests will
enjoy a family style vegetarian South Indian lunch at Mysore Woodlands plus a
kitchen visit to see how dosas are made. The menu will feature mini idlis
(steamed rice and lentil bread) with a selection of chutneys; traditional and
modern dosas (vegetable-filled rice and lentil crepes), uppuma, (semolina
pancake topped with vegetables), Madras pasayam (delicately spiced rice
pudding) and South Indian coffee.
Colleen Taylor Sen specializes in the food of the Indian subcontinent. She is
the author of Food Culture in India, Curry: A Global History, and articles on
food, restaurants and travel for Travel and Leisure, Food Arts, Chicago Sun
Times, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Globe and Mail, and other publications. She
has been a participant in the Oxford Food Symposium since 1995. Born in
Toronto, Canada, she lives in Chicago. www.colleensen.com

The archive documents all facets of Japanese American life from 1890,
through the period of World War II internment and on to present day.

$45 per person. Includes a copy of Sen’s book Pakoras, Paneer, Papadums: A
Guide to Indian Restaurant Menus, tour, lunch, and a round trip CTA Ventra bus
card.

$20 per person. Includes museum entrance fee, tour, and round trip tour bus
transportation

This tour is capped at 20 participants.

This tour is capped at 25 participants.

If you would like to take the CTA bus from the conference hotel, meet at
10:45am in the lobby. Our group will convene at 11:30am in front of Mysore
Woodlands, 2548 W. Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

9:15am meet in the hotel lobby
9:30am tour bus departs to 2831 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60625
10:00-11:30 Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields
Memorial tour/JASC

11:30-1:00 walking tour of Devon
1:00-2:00 lunch and kitchen visit at Mysore Woodland
11:30am tour bus pick up/return trip to the conference hotel by 12:15pm

Legacy Center archives presentation.

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Film Screenings

2:00pm-5:00pm

Uptown Neighborhood Walking Tour
This political tour of the Uptown neighborhood in Chicago will be led by
community organizers and young leaders from the Chicago Grassroots
Curriculum Taskforce and Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Chicago. The
tour will retrace the history of one of the most diverse communities in the city
of Chicago, centered around North Broadway between Argyle and Lawrence,
with a particular focus on political struggles and local organizing efforts. The
tour will feature Steve Hosik Moon of Asian Americans Advancing Justice—
Chicago and Anton Miglietta of the Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce.
Steve Hosik Moon is the Senior Organizer of Youth Programs at Asian Americans
Advancing Justice—Chicago. He has over a decade of experience in youth
development and organizing. He has had the privilege of being trained by
incredible scholars, organizers, and community members, which has allowed
him to develop and facilitate youth programs in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Los Angeles,
and Chicago. Steve holds a MSW from the University of Chicago’s School of
Social Service Administration, a MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a
BA in English from the University of Michigan. Through his work with Advancing
Justice—Chicago and his other community affiliations, Steve remains
committed to liberatory pedagogy, critical creative arts including Hip Hop, and
mental health for immigrant and refugee communities.
The Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce (CGCT) seeks to transform
traditional curriculum models by compiling collective knowledge of Chicago’s
communities. CGCT seeks to foster intergenerational exchanges by bringing
students, their families, community elders and educators to the table. We’re
working to compile, publish, and apply critical, justice-centered materials &
programs of learning and action in schools and communities.
$20 per person. Includes a round trip CTA Ventra card.
This tour is capped at 25 participants.
The group will gather in the lobby of the Orrington at 2:00 pm. We will take the
CTA together (purple line to Howard, red line to Argyle). If you would like to
travel there on your own, you should arrange to be at the Argyle CTA station
(just east of N Broadway) at 2:30. The tour will begin around 2:45 and take
approximately 90 minutes, ending around 4:15.

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Thursday, April 23

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American Revolutionary
A Screening of the Film by Grace Lee
(Ballroom)

Friday, April 24

F28
F35
F48
F62

11:30am-1:00pm

Muscles, Mash Ups & Sticky Rice
Films by Queer Camp Productions
(Hinman)

1:15pm-2:45pm

MULTI MEETS POLY: Multiculturalism
and Polyculturalism Go On a First Date
(Ballroom)

3:00pm-4:30pm

9-Man (Documentary Screening)
(Ballroom)

4:45pm-6:15pm

Sneak Peek of “Tested”
(Ballroom)
Chair: Janelle Wong, University of Maryland
Panelist: Curtis Chin

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2015 Exhibitors
The following presses and organizations will be exhibiting and selling
books and media material and providing information about their
organizations:
Association Book Exhibit
Bamboo Ridge Press
Chinese American Museum of Chicago
Duke University Press
John Hopkins University Press
Kaya Press
Kumidan
New York University Press
Rabbit Fool Press
Rutgers University Press
South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
Southeast Asian American Small Publishers (SEA-ASP)
Consortium
Steven Doi Books
Temple Unviersity Press
University of California, Los Angeles Asian American
Studies Center Press
University of Hawai'i Press
University of Illinois Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of Washington Press
The exhibitors will be located in the 9th Floor Hallway.
Exhibitors Hours
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday 8:30am-12:00pm

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Call For Papers
Gateways, Ports and Portals:
Re-imagining Points of Departure for
Asian American Studies
2016 Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting
Hilton Miami Downtown
Miami, Florida
April 27-30, 2016
Inspired by the city of Miami’s nickname — “the gateway to Latin America” —
the 2016 conference asks participants to consider how forms of movement,
transit, and exchange have shaped Asian America. If Asian American Studies
has been frequently conceived as an intellectual, institutional, and political
point of arrival, how would identifying alternative points of departure
reconfigure our conceptions of the field? How might relocating origins and
destinations not only change our notions of what the field is, and what it
might become, but also the “gateways, ports, and portals” that enable our
research, teaching, and activism?
Florida is an especially apt site to consider overlapping encounters
between empires and other forces of modernity. Its intersecting histories
of indigeneity, slavery, labor migrations, and refugee resettlements call
for comparative approaches that place Asian American Studies in different
continental, hemispheric, and, even planetary configurations. The state
has been a key site in overlapping circuits of workers, intellectuals, artists,
social movements and capitalist systems, reflecting its close connections
to the Atlantic and Caribbean worlds. In turn, the changing environmental
conditions along Florida’s coastlines and the Everglades prompt us to look
to ecocritical approaches that interrogate “the human” as the primary
subject and scale of ethnic studies. As one of the hardest hit housing markets
on the U.S. eastern seaboard during the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing
recession, the conference location asks us to consider how contemporary
forces of finance and speculative capital urgently call for critical, institutional,
policy, and activist analyses and responses that question our conceptions
of vulnerability, risk, crisis, and recovery. As a key electoral swing state ,

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Florida further prompts an examination of Asian Americans’ role in political
contests, coalitions, and consensus-building. While the proportion of its
population that identifies as Asian American is relatively small, Miami is a
metropolis with remarkable racial diversity. This might inspire us to consider
how comparative perspectives can inform and challenge the research and
teaching agendas of Asian American Studies.
These questions call for intellectual conversations across the humanities,
social, and physical sciences, as well as professional fields such as public
policy, law, public health, and education. Our 2016 conference theme thus
invites participants to reflect on how disciplinary gatekeeping and entryways
inform, but also restrict, the ways in which we undertake Asian American
Studies. What innovative approaches, such as comparative, multilingual
and/or interdisciplinary frameworks, has Asian American Studies remitted
not only to traditional academic disciplines, but fields such as American,
postcolonial, and diaspora studies among others? How does the growth of
Asian American Studies outside the borders of the United States demand a
deeper interrogation of the often unacknowledged (US) nationalist biases
of the field? We accordingly invite participants from all disciplines to submit
proposals that engage seriously with questions and productive possibilities of
collaboration and conflict, as we shuttle across the imagined spaces of Asian
America.
We welcome scholarship, cultural work, as well as political activist
submissions for the 2016 AAAS conference. Proposals for mentorship or
professionalization round tables, panels, or workshops are also welcome.
All submissions and proposals are due Friday, October 16, 2015. Please note:
Participants may only appear in the program twice and only in different roles.
Program Questions? For specific questions regarding type of sessions,
submission guidelines, or other programmatic issues, please contact the
Program Committee Co-Chairs: Chris Lee (Chris.Lee@ubc.ca) and Crystal
Parikh (Crystal.Parikh@nyu.edu).
See more at:
http://aaastudies.org/content/index.php/conference/call-for-papers
2016 Program
Committee Co-Chairs:
Chris Lee,
University of British Columbia
Crystal Parikh,
New York University

2016 Site
Committee Co-Chairs:
Evelina Galang,
University of Miami
Sumita Chatterjee,
University of Miami

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8:30am-4:00pm

AAAS/East of California Junior Faculty Workshop
(James)

2:00pm-5:00pm

Preconference AAAS Workshop for New Chairs and Directors
(Mulford)

Wednesday

Wednesday
April 22, 2015

M1

2:00pm-6:00pm

W1

Filipino Caucus
(Heritage Ballroom)

Thursday
Friday
Saturday

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7:00am-5:00pm
7:30am-8:45am


Morning Coffee Break
(2nd Floor Hallway)
Sponsored by John Hopkins University Press

Wednesday

Thursday
April 23, 2015

Registration

(2nd Floor Foyer / Hallways)

8:30am-5:00pm

Vendors / Exhibitors
(9th Floor Hallways)

Morning Coffee Break
(9th Floor Hallway)
Sponsored by The John Hopkins University Press

Angel Island: Border Crossings and Asian America (Northshore)

Chair & Discussant: Erika Lee (University of Minnesota)
Presenters:
Grant Din (Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation) - The

Detention of Japanese Immigrants on Angel Island During

World War II
Jordan Loey (San Francisco State University) - Chinese

American Family Trajectories: Angel Island and Hung Shoon Lee
Christen Sasaki (San Francisco State University) - Teaching

Historical Methodology: Reconstructing Immigrant Pathways

through Angel Island
Anantha Sudhakar (San Francisco State University)
Imagining History: Tracing the Stories of Indian Immigrants at

Angel Island
Grace J. Yoo (San Francisco State University) - Reverend David

Dai Wei Lee and Korean Immigrants at Angel Island

Thursday

8:00am-9:30am

T1

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Transnational Investment in the Silicon Valley Taiwanese and
Chinese Communities (Hinman)
Chair: Eric Pido (San Francisco State University)

Presenter:
Desun Oka (San Francisco State University)

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Glamour, Fashion, and Dress: The Politics of Filipino Embodiment
(Cummings)
Chair: Genevieve Clutario (Harvard University)

Discussant: Robert Diaz Jr. (Ontario College of Art and Design

University)
Presenters:
Genevieve Clutario (Harvard University) - Sartorial Tensions:

The Politics of Dress in Filipina and White Women’s Colonial

Encounters
Denise Cruz (University of Toronto) - Global Mess and

Glamour in Canada Philippine Fashion Week
Mina Roces (University of New South Wales) - “These Guys

Came Out Looking Like Movie Actors”: Filipino Dress and

Consumer Practices in the United States, 1920s-1930s

T8

T3

T4

T5

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Asian America: Digital Presences and Representations (Holgate)
Chair: Crystal Anderson (Elon University)
Discussant: Leilani Nishime (University of Washington)
Presenters:
Lori Lopez (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Queering

Hmong Cultures through Digital Participation

Leighton Kenji Vila (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State

University) - Asian Memes, American Identities

Jenny Ungbha Korn (Harvard University) - Counter-stereotypical

Online Representations of Us: The Digital Presences of Asians and

Asian-Americans within Facebook Groups

Karen Marie Villa, Rosa Ysela Conrad, and Matthew Chase

(California State University, San Marcos) - Re-Examining the

Sociological Rogue in Academic Spaces

Saturday

Un/Sentimental Journeys: Time Travel and Other Unconventional
Border Crossings in Asian American Novels (Bonbright)
Chair: Kimberly McKee (Grand Valley State University)
Presenters:
Krupal Amin (Ohio State University) - Chitra Divakaruni’s One

Amazing Thing: Metaphorical Visas and Multidirectional (Time)

Travel
Meghan Buckley (Purdue University) - A (Fundamentally)

Dangerous Nostalgia: Travel and Trauma in Mohsin Hamid’s

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Multilingual Korean American Texts and Landscapes (Rogers)
Chair: Robert Ji-Song Ku (Binghamton University, State University of

New York)

Presenters:
Eun-Gwi Chung (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
Re-placing San Francisco, Re-thinking Frontier: Angel Island

Korean Poems as Thirdspace of Immigrant Literature


Jerry Won Lee (University of California, Irvine) - Language and

Mobility in the Korean/American Linguistic Landscape


Eun Joo Kim (New York University, Shanghai) - The Spaces

Between: Hearing Comfort Women and Reading Punctuation

in “The House of Sharing”
Jenny Hoang (University of Southern California) - A Sense of

Asia America: The Racial Viscosities of Boba

Friday

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Tiffany Salter (Ohio State University) - “Wish You Were Here”:

Disappearing Acts, Postcards, and Other Border Crossings in

Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch


Anne Jansen (University of North Carolina, Asheville)
Cultivating the “Literary Ghetto”: Traversing Cultural and

Spatial Borders through Science Fiction

Deadly Borderlands: Collisions of Asian American Masculinity,
Whiteness, and Sexuality in the 2014 UCSB Shootings (Haven)
Chair: Kent Quaney (University of Southern Mississippi)

Roundtable Panelists:
Randy Gonzales (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Linda Pierce Allen (University of Southern Mississippi)
Kip Fulbeck (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Wednesday

Resounding Asian America: Popular Music and the Place(s) of
Transnationalism (Mulford)
Chair & Discussant: Christine Balance (University of California, Irvine)
Presenters:

Mark Redondo Villegas (University of California, Irvine) - Obama’s

Pivot to the Philippines and Hip Hop’s Militarized Performance
Grace Wang (University of California, Davis) - Mediating

Transnational Asianness: Asian American Youth Consumption

of Asian Pop

Summer Kim Lee (New York University) - “Tacky Harum Scarum

Horror” Goth Aesthetics and the Resilience of Orientalism

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Student Lounge
(Fowler Room)

10:00am-11:30am

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Silver Screen Buddha: Author Meets Critics (Hinman)
Chair: Sameer Pandya (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Presenters:

Anne Won Hee Joh (Garrett Theological Seminary) - Silver

Screen Buddha Critique 2

David Kyuman Kim (Connecticut College) - Silver Screen

Buddha Critique 3

Sharon A. Suh (Seattle University) - Why Silver Screen Buddha

Matters

Saturday

Rooted in Chicago: Reflecting on “Marginal Man” Towards
Promoting Asian American Activism (Heritage)
Chair: Yvonne Lau (Asian American Coalition for Education; O-H

Community Partners)
Presenters:
Ami Gandhi (South Asian American Policy and Research

Institute (SAAPRI)) - Coalition-Building for Community

Empowerment: the SAAPRI Case for Data-Driven Policy & Social

Change
Yvonne Lau (Asian American Coalition for Education; O-H

Community Partners) - Marginality’s Positive Contributions:

Innovative Reform in K-12

Ann P. Kalayil (South Asian American Policy & Research

Institute) - Asian Americans in Illinois and Emerging Power

Structures

PLENARY: Transformative Politics and Transgressive Aesthetics:
Asian and Asian American Youth Struggles For Social Justice In

The Global Midwest (Ballroom)

Moderator: Ramona Gupta (Columbia College Chicago)
Presenters:
Stephanie Camba (Writer)
Chantala Kommanivahn (Northeastern Illinois University)
Viveka Ray-Mazumder (Middleburry College)
Odette Yousef (North Side Bureau Reporter)

Friday

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Thursday

Race and Illness (Michigan)
Chair: Cathy Schlund-Vials (University of Connecticut)
Presenters:
Jigna Desai (University of Minnesota) - “My Brothers Boba Fett

Tattoo”: Race, Masculinity, and Disability in Asia

James Kyung Jin Lee (University of California, Irvine) - The

Doctor Will See You Now: The Biopolitics and Necropolitics of

Asian American Physician Narrative
Yoonmee Chang (George Mason University) - “Prove It”:

Disabled Asian Americans
Crystal Parikh (New York University) - Feminist Desire,

Precarious Life, and Asian Americanist Critique

9:45am-11:30am

Wednesday

Cities and Solidarities: Excess in Praxis in Asian North America
(Wheeler)
Presenters:
Elaine Chang (University of Guelph) - Lost and Found in

Chinatown: Genealogy as Cartography
Gregory Fenton (University of Guelph) - Scattered Land:

Imagining Futures in Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea
Kenneth Huynh (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto) - Model Re-Framing: Joy and City

Politics in Leah Lakshmi Pipezna-Samarasinha’s Love Cake
Asha Jeffers (York University) - Excesses of Imagination:

Fantastical Immersion into the City and Its People in

Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy

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In Living Color: A Roundtable on Racial Diversity and Current
Network Television (Haven)
Chair: Caroline Kyungah Hong (City University of New York, Queens

College)

Roundtable Panelists:
Shilpa Davé (University of Virginia)

Peter X. Feng (University of Delaware)
Melissa Phruksachart (City University of New York, Graduate

Center)

Douglas S. Ishii (University of Maryland, College Park)
L.S. Kim (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Saturday

Belonging to Asia America: Materiality, Affect, and Racial Sensing
(Cummings)
Chair: Mark Jerng (University of California, Davis)
Presenters:
Chad Shomura (Johns Hopkins University) - Undoing Home:

Asian Settler Attachments and Affective Politics of

Decolonization in Hawai'i
Emily Raymundo (University of Southern California)
Very Much Like Chop Suey: Adapting Race and Space in Flower

Drum Song

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Caring for Self, Caring for Others in the Borderlands of Asian
America (Bonbright)
Discussant: Rhacel Parennas (University of Southern California)
Presenters:
Margarita Mansalay (San Francisco State University) - Church

to Call Home: Bridging the Gap Between Catholicism,

Filipina/o Americans, and Mental Health
Fatima Orcino (San Francisco State University)
Care for Caring: Experiences of Filipina American Caregivers
Vincent Kwan (San Francisco State University) - Caring for Self
Worth: Asian Americans and the Impostor Phenomenon
Gregory Pancho (San Francisco State University)
From Diagnosis to Grief: The Experience of Asian American

Adult Children Caring for Parents Who Are Terminally-Ill
Dennis Nguyen (San Francisco State University) - Disruptive

Childhoods to Healing Adulthoods: Asian Americans Growing

Up with Domestic Violence

Dale Arvy Dagar Maglalang (San Francisco State University)
E-Cigarette Use in Asian and Pacific Islander Young Adults in

California

Friday

Transgressing the Borderlands in a Neoliberal Age (Evans)
Presenter:

Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez (University of California, San Diego)
Blue Pill or Red Pill?: The Neo-Liberal Institution and Its

Reaction to Pro-Zionist and Pro-Palestinian Activism on

Campus

Dialogue on Asian American and Pacific Islander Data
Disaggregation: Present-Day Relevance and Future Influence
(Mulford)

Roundtable Panelists:

Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles)

Mike Hoa Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles)

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Thursday

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Katherine Steelman (California State University, Long Beach)
No Queer is an Island: Race, Affect and Value in Tijuana’s Asia/

Pacific Island-Themed Gay Bars

Wednesday

Reinterpreting Contact Zones in 20th-Century Asian American
History: Case Studies in Legal, Cultural, Religious, and Sexual
Encounter (Northshore)

Chair: Eiichiro Azuma (University of Pennsylvania)
Presenters:
Melissa Borja (College of Staten Island, City University of New

York) - “There’s a Chicken in the I.C.U.”: Religious Contact,

Secular Spaces, and the Contested Category of Indigenous

Hmong ‘Religion’
Stephanie Hinnershitz (Valdosta State University) - The “Little

Brown Brother” in the Jim Crow South: Annunciatio v. the State

of Georgia (1931) and the Filipino Civil Rights
Heather Lee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) - Chop

Suey for Two: The Place of Chinese Restaurants in the Leisure

Industry, 1900-1930
Ian Shin (Columbia University) - Picturing China: Contesting

Chinese Art at the 1915 Panama Pacific International

Exposition

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Working Paper: In Search of Cambodia (Bonbright)
Presenter: Jennifer Zelnick (University of Chicago)
Working Paper: Organizing without an Anchor: Race-making,
Space-making, and the Many Trajectories of Korean Adoptee
Politicization (Rogers)
Discussant: Kimberly McKee (Grand Valley State University)
Presenter: Stevie Larson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Working Paper: Serving the Desi Queer Community:
Experiences of Exclusion and Marginality in South Asian
American Queer Organizing (James)
Discussant: Nitasha Sharma (Northwestern University)
Presenter: Vinita Chaudhry (Northwestern University)

11:45am-12:45pm

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Section Meeting: Section Meeting 1
(Cummings)
Section Meeting: Southeast Asian
(Holgate)
Section Meeting: Small Section 3
(Michigan)

Saturday

Literary Migrations (Wheeler)
Chair: erin Khue Ninh (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Presenters:
Marguerite Nguyen (Wesleyan University) &
Catherine Fung (Bentley University) - The Aesthetics and

Politics of Refugee Literature
Rei Magosaki (Chapman University) - Signifying Practices: The

Tropics in Sui Sin Far
Steven Yao (Hamilton College) - The Transpacific Routes of

Asian America: Carlos Bulosan
Sue-Im Lee (Temple University) - Knowing Asian American

Literature: Buffalo Boy and Geronimo

11:45am-12:15pm

Friday

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The Commons: Asian American Collectivities in the 21st Century
(Heritage)
Chair: Amy Tang (Wesleyan University) Collective Literary Subjects in Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in

the Attic and Ed Park’s Personal Days
Presenters:
Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University)
Materialist Mourning: Danh Võ and the Object’s Extension of

Life
Timothy Yu (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Asian

American, Asian Australian: Exporting Literary Culture?

Thursday

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Apprehending Okinawa’s Colonial Present (Holgate)
Chair: Yuichiro Onishi (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Presenters:
Yuichiro Onishi (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Okinawans are not “Blues People”

Mitzi Uehara Carter (University of California, Berkeley)
Radical Chuuto Hanpa-ness: Linguistic Breaks and Mixed

Flows in Okinawa

Ariko S. Ikehara (University of California, Berkeley) - Black-Okinawa:

Teruya Soul MiXtory

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Wednesday

Post-War Legacies of the U.S. Military: Individuals, Ideologies,
and Institutions (Rogers)
Chair: Ji-Yeon Yuh (Northwestern University)
Presenters:
Yaejoon Kwon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Incomplete Lessons: US Military Justice in Korea, 1945-1948

Lily Anne Y. Welty Tamai (University of Southern California)
From the Other Side of the Pacific Rim: Japan and Post-War

Mixed Race People
Kira Donnell (University of California, Berkeley) - Crossing the

Borderlands: Korean Adoptee Decolonization through

Cultural Production

Section Meeting: Small Section 4
(Heritage)

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Working Paper: Practicing Ethnic and Religious Identity:
Second-Generation Korean American Christians in the Midwest
(Rogers)
Discussant: David K. Yoo (University of California, Los Angeles)
Presenter: Hana Lee (Purdue University)

T30

Working Paper: Cell Phone Stores as Social Spaces in South
Asian Diaspora (James)
Presenter: Aaron Hopes (University of Chicago) - Cell Phone World: The

Role of Lively Commodities in Producing Desi Public Space

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Poster Session: Sounds of Identity: Era of Asian American
Garage Bands of the 1960s and 70s and Their Place in the Asian
American Identity Movement (Foyer, 2nd Floor)
Chair: Florante Ibanez (Loyola Law School)

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Global Politics Between the Lines: Asian American Visual Culture
(Evans)
Chair: Valerie Soe (San Francisco State University) - Global Politics on

an Intimate Scale: Love Boat: Taiwan Documentary Film Project

Discussant: Terry Park (Miami University)
Presenters:
Michele Carlson (California College of the Arts) - Drawing the

Line: Reimaging History, Power and Belonging

Jennifer K. Wofford (University of San Francisco)
Flor 1973-78: Nurse as Muse and Witness
Taraneh Hemami (California College of the Arts) - Theory of

Survival: Fabrications

Juxtaposing Narratives in the Aftermath of the Vietnam War:
Moving Beyond Cold-War Trauma, Nostalgia, and the Idolization
of Ho Chi Minh (Hinman)

Chair: Karin Aguilar-San Juan (Macalester College)
Presenters:

Karin Aguilar-San Juan (Macalester College) - Sontag in Hanoi:

Search for a Revolutionary Aesthetic

Ai Binh Ho (University of Michigan) - The Disabled Structure of

Testimony in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth

Theodore S. Gonzalves (University of Maryland, Baltimore

County) - The Sound and Lyrics of Revolution: Paredon

Records and the Vietnam War Era
Frank Joyce (Labor and Political Activist, Detroit) - People

Make the Peace: Why the Anti-war Movement Mattered Then,

and Why It Still Matters Now”

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Saturday

The Racial Fantastic (Northshore)
Chair: Cindy I-Fen Cheng (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Presenters:

Hye Jin Lee (University of Southern California) - Transgressive

Kawaii: Miniature Toys, DIY Candies, and RRcherrypie’s Identity
Jane Park (University of Sydney) - Revisiting Techno
Orientalism: The Racial Fantastic and Korean/American

Crossover in Hollywood
Betsy Huang (Clark University) - Plague and the Nightmare

Fantasy of Racial Undifferentiation
Leslie Bow (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Racist Cute:

Kawaii, Kitsch, Spectatorship

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Friday

1:00pm-2:30pm

Sartorial Borders: Race, Gender, and the ‘Fashionable’ Body
(Mulford)
Presenters:
Majida Kargbo (Brown University) - Excessive Bodies: Race,

Ambivalence, and the “Funny” Woman
Pia Sahni (Brown University) - Producing Brownness,

Producing Bodies
Mejdulene Shomali (University of Michigan) - Fashioning the

Revolution: Leila Khaled in Contemporary Visual Culture

Thursday

T28

Working Paper: Birth Tourism Panic! The Emergence of ‘Fetal
Citizens’ in Immigration Politics (Bonbright)
Presenter: Sean Wang (Syracuse University)

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Wednesday

Contesting Militarized Racial Modernity in the Asia Pacific
(Haven)
Chair: Yu-Fang Cho (Miami University)

Roundtable Panelists:
Patti Duncan (Oregon State University)
Lynn Itagaki (Ohio State University)
Jinah Kim (Northwestern University)
Wesley Uenten (San Francisco State University)

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Where in the World is Chinatown? Negotiating the Transnational,
National, and Local in the Construction of Chinese North
American Communities (Bonbright)

Chair: Yoonmee Chang (George Mason University)
Presenters:
Heidi Kim (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) - The

Edited Chinatown: Shaping the Politics of Jade Snow Wong’s

Fifth Chinese Daughter and Other 1950s Works
Sylvia Chong (University of Virginia) - “We Were in China”: Los

Angeles Chinatown and Scenic Yellowface in the Filming of The

Good Earth (1937)

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“Let’s Connect Politic, Ditto”: Locating 20th-Century Asian
American Communities and Activisms in Los Angeles, Chicago,
and Cuba (James)
Presenters:
Lawrence Lan (University of California, Los Angeles)
Growing Pains: The Spatial Evolution of the Koreatown Youth

and Community Center in Los Angeles’ Multiracial Koreatown
Kenneth Chan (University of California, Los Angeles) - Legacies

of Asian American Political Movements: Los Angeles and

Chicago
Korean Colonialism and Independence: Language, Narrative,
and Maps (Wheeler)
Chair: Robert Ji-Song Ku (Binghamton University)
Presenters:
Joong-Jae Lee (University of Wisconsin) - Transnational

Re-Mapping of the “Yellow Peril”:U.S. Race War in Korea and

Cultural Asian Exclusion
William Nessly (West Chester University) - Plotting Colonial

Independence: Narrative Form and Japanese Colonialism in

the Novels of Richard Kim

Visualizing Mixed Race across Borders (Michigan)
Presenters:

Leilani Nishime (University of Washington) - Digital Portraits of

Mixed Race Families from tumblr to Slate.com
Nadine Attewell (McMaster University) - Chinese Eyes:

Photography, Intimacy, and Multiracial Pasts
Nitasha Sharma (Northwestern University) - “Looking Like but

not Feeling Like”: Negotiating Visually-Based Racial

Expectations
Colleen Daniher (Northwestern University) - Exhibiting ‘Hapas’

in the Twenty-First Century: “The Hapa Project” in RACE: Are We

So Different? and War Baby/Love Child

T42

Saturday

Teaching Asian American Studies Online: Myths, Realities, and
Possibilities (Rogers)
Chair: Tamara C. Ho (University of California, Riverside)
Presenters:

Edith Wen-Chu Chen (California State University, Northridge)
The ABC’s of Online Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide

Jonathan H.X. Lee (San Francisco State University) - Using

Academic Technologies to Enhance Student Learning and

Success through the Flipped Classroom Approach
Himanee Gupta-Carlson (State University New York, Empire

State College) - Active Learning in an Activist Field: Reflections

on Creating Curricula for an Online Asian American Studies

Course

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Friday

Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race
(Haven)
Chair: Catherine Ceniza Choy (University of California, Berkeley)

Roundtable Panelists:

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (University of California, Irvine)
Naoko Shibusawa (Brown University)
Ji-Yeon Yuh (Northwestern University)
Nozomi Goto (Brill, Netherlands)

Grace J. Yoo (San Francisco State University) - Teaching to the
Facebook Generation: Learning with Five Senses in a Hybrid
Asian American Studies Classroom

Thursday

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Wednesday

AAAS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PANEL: Grant Writing Session
(Cummings)
Moderator: Ray San Diego (University of California, Irvine)

Presenters:

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon (San Francisco State University)
Daryl Maeda (University of Colorado Boulder)
Shalini Shankar (Northwestern University)

Christine Bacareza Balance (University of California, Irvine)

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Economy and Risk in Global Cities (Evans)
Chair: Wendy Cheng (Arizona State University)
Presenters:

R. Varisa Patrapon (California State University, Long Beach)
Risk and Rewards: Asian American Homeownership and

Foreclosure in East San Gabriel Valley, CA (co-authored with

Diem Linda Tran and Paul M. Ong)
Eliza Noh (California State University, Fullerton) - We are

Not “The Help”: A Composite Auto/Ethnography of Service,

Servitude, and Struggle in Ethnic Studies

Global Palestine: Palestine in Asia/Asia in Palestine (Hinman)
Chair: Rajini Srikanth (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Presenters:
Ali Abunimah (The Electronic Intifada) - Academic Boycott,

Asian America, and Palestine: Continuing Legacies of

Resistance and Self-Determination


Magid Shihade (Birzeit University, Palestine) - Israel in Asia,

Israel in the Globe: Settler Colonialism, and Rupture
Anna Guevarra (University of Illinois, Chicago) - The Optics of

Containment: Filipino Migrant Workers and the Politics of

In(visibility) in Israel
Kamala Visweswaran (University of Texas, Austin) - Global

Occupations: South Asia in Palestine

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Saturday

Race and Representation in South Asian (American) Media
Cultures (Northshore)
Chair: Bakirathi Mani (Swarthmore College) - Exhibition Cultures, Visual

Cultures: The Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood

Discussant: Anita Mannur (Miami University of Ohio)
Presenters:
Falu Bakrania (San Francisco State University) - South Asian

Diasporic Music Videos and Transnational Critiques of Empire
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya (Arizona State University) - 9/11 and

the Loss of British Cultural Identity
Sameer Pandya (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Jesse Owens in the Third World: On Asian and African American

Cultural Connections

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Friday

AAAS PRESIDENTIAL PANEL: The State of Critical Refugee Studies
(Michigan)
Moderator: Jonathan H.X. Lee (San Francisco State University)
Presenters:

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials (University of Connecticut, Storrs)
Demarcating the States of Southeast Asian American Studies

Chia Youyee Vang (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) - “Perpetual

Refugees” and the Politics of Seeking Refuge across Time and Place

Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy (University of Massachusetts,

Lowell) - 40 Years of Educating Southeast Asian Refugee

Students and Their Communities

Yen Le Espiritu (University of California, San Diego) - Refugee

Studies and Asian American Studies

Race and Family: Politics, Policies, and Policing (Mulford)
Presenters:

Karen Kuo (Arizona State University) - Orientalism, Eugenics,

and Birth Control: Margaret Sanger and Asia
John Cheng (Binghamton University) - “I Am Vitally Interested

in Knowing I am Married to a White Man”: Gender and Family

Consequences of Early 20th Century Naturalization Laws
Chrissy Lau (Cornell University) - Japanese Imperialism, The

Yellow Peril, and the Hardworking of Ladies

Thursday

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Wednesday

Old Places, New Spaces: Remapping Spatial Imaginaries in
Korean America (Heritage)
Presenters:
Eunha Na (University of Minnesota) - Looking through the

Broken Window: Interethnic Urban-scape in Diana Son’s

Satellites
Na-Rae Kim (University of Minnesota) - Children’s Corner: A

Figure of Child in Transnational Korean Literature
Bomi Yoon (University of Minnesota) - Imagined Space and

Imagined History in Eric Sharp’s Middle Brother

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Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics (Rogers)
Facilitator: Ma Vang (University of California, Merced)
Roundtable Panelists:
Shireen Roshanravan (Kansas State University)
Lynn Fujiwara (University of Oregon)

Juliana Hu Pegues (Macalester College)
Sharmili Majmudar (Rape Victims Advocates, Chicago)
Alice Kim (University of Illinois, Chicago)

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The Looming Shadows of Arab-Muslim-South Asian Solidarities
(Holgate)
Roundtable Panelists:
Maryam Kashani (Washington University, St. Louis)

John Tofik Karam (DePaul University)
Ronak Kapadia (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Junaid Rana (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Laila Farah (DePaul University)

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The Spaces of Asian America (Wheeler)
Chair: Gary Okihiro (Columbia University)
Discussant: Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (Pomona College)
Presenters:
Elda Tsou (St. John’s University) - Asian American

Discontinuities: Theorizing Space in The Book of Salt

Caroline H. Yang (University of Massachusetts) - Epistemology

of the Store: Korean-owned Small Businesses in Narratives of

the City
Olivia Lui (Barnard College) - Racial Displacement and

Emotional Landscapes in Cynthia Kadohata’s In the Heart of

the Valley of Love

Saturday

Crossing Boundaries and Nations: New Work on Asians of Latin
America and Caribbean (Haven)
Chair: Lisa Yun (Binghamton University)

Roundtable Panelists:

Ana Maria Candela (Binghamton University)

Ana Paulina Lee (Columbia University)

Tao Leigh Goffe (Yale University)
Anne-Marie Lee-Loy (Ryerson University)
Kathy Lopez (Rutgers University)

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Friday

Immigration Outside the Law (Bonbright)
Chair: Rose Cuison-Villazor (University of California, Davis, School of Law)
Presenters:
Rose Cuison-Villazor (University of California, Davis, School of

Law) - Discussion from a Legal Perspective
Hiroshi Motomura (University of California, Los Angeles,

School of Law) - Immigration Outside of Law
Stewart Chang (Whittier College, School of Law) - Discussion

from a Cultural Studies Perspective
Shelley Lee (Oberlin College) - Discussion from a Historical

Perspective

Queer Diasporic Border Crossers: Losers, Archivists, and Goonies
(James)
Chair: Kale Fajardo (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Discussant: Victor Roman Mendoza (University of Michigan)
Presenters:
Kale Fajardo (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) - Original

Goonies: Filipino Cannery Workers in Astoria, Oregon and the

Politics of Indigeneities, Asian American History, and Settler

Colonialisms

Martin Joseph Ponce (Ohio State University) - Burning Money:

Queer Desi Losers in Rahul Mehta’s Quarantine

Thursday

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Wednesday

Transpacific Ecologies in Asian American Literature (Cummings)
Chair: Tina Chen (Pennsylvania State University)
Discussant: Sarah D. Wald (University of Oregon)
Presenters:
Melissa Poulsen (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Of “Sea-wet Rocks’ and “Paradisal Islands”: Cosmopolitanism

and the Ocean in Han Suyin’s A Many-Splendored Thing and

The Crippled Tree
Laura Wright (University of Connecticut) - Charting the

Boundaries of Empire: Place and Reconciliation in John

Okada’s No-No Boy

Michelle N. Huang (Pennsylvania State University) - Ecologies

of Entanglement in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

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Film: American Revolutionary: A Screening of the Film by Grace Lee
(Ballroom)
Presenter: Grace Lee (Filmmaker)

Traveling Subjects: Koreans and Korean Diasporas (Evans)
Chair: Gary Pak (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) - Cheon-go Mabi/Sky

High and Horses Fattening: Literary Takes on an Identity in Early

Autumn
Presenters:

Annie Isabel Fukushima (Rutgers University) - (Living) Dead

Subjects: Examining Media & Legal Discourse of Mamasans,

Sex Slaves and Sexualized Economies in Neoliberal Times
Brenda Kwon (Honolulu Community College, University of

Hawai'i) - Since You Live Here, You Should Be Home by Now:

Immigrant Natives and Yobophilia in Hawai'i

Edward Hunter Lee (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) - Glenn Rhee

Slips Past Zombies and Adornian/Horkheimian Gatekeepers

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Asian American Theater Turns 50: Staged Readings (Hinman)
Discussant: Josephine Lee (University of Minnesota)
Roundtable Panelists:
Dan Bacalzo (New York University)
Sean Metzger (University of California, Los Angeles)
Greg Robinson (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Karen Shimakawa (New York University)

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Friday

Mobility and Sexual Borderlands: Interracial Filipino American
Families and U.S. Empire, 1898-1946 (Northshore)
Chair: Augusto Espiritu (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Presenters:
Cynthia Marasigan (Binghamton University) - (Re)Locating

African American Citizenship in the Colonial Philippines and

United States
Tessa Winkelmann (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Crimes of Passion: Interracial Intercourse and the Legal System

in the American Colonial Philippines, 1898-1935

Maria Paz G. Esguerra (University of Illinois,

Urbana-Champaign) - Return from Empire: Transpacific

Migrations, Exclusion, and the Filipino Repatriation Movement,

1935-1941

Towards a Filipino Transnational Imaginary: A Philippine American Critical Practice of Environmentalism, Ethnography,
History, and Art (Mulford)

Chair: R. Zamora Linmark (University of Miami)
Presenters:
Gina Apostol (Fieldston School, New York City) - Identity and

the Postcolonial: A Pair of Literary Frames
Allan Isaac (Rutgers University) - Creating Offshore Identities in

300 Seconds for the 21st Century
Sharon Delmendo (St. John Fisher College) - The Pacific,

Shanghaied: U.S. Immigration, the Philippine Commonwealth,

and Jewish Holocaust Refugees

Jeffrey Santa Ana (Stony Brook University) - Typhoon Haiyan

and the Inang Bayan: Postcolonial Memory and Climate

Change in Diasporic Filipino Literature

Thursday

4:30pm-6:00pm

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Wednesday

Asian American Movements in Global Chicago (Heritage)
Chair: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (University of California, Irvine)
Presenters:
Karen Hanna (University of California, Santa Barbara) - The

Mothers of Circa-Pintig: Crossing Borders and Redefining

Chicago Filipino Activism from the 1980s Onward

Syed Kaazim Naqvi (Carnegie Mellon University) - Striking

Back Against the Empire: Chicago Muslims and Political Action

in the 1970s
Joy Sales (Northwestern University) - “The Truth Can Make Us

Free”: Filipino Activists, Transnational Newspapers in the

Anti-Marcos Movement, and Human Rights in U.S. Foreign

Policy, 1970-1986

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Teaching Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and the Law (Haven)
Chair: Rose Cuison-Villazor (University of California Davis, School of Law)
Discussants:
Kim Chanbonpin (John Marshall School of Law)
John S.W. Park (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Robyn Rodriguez (University of California, Davis)

Roundtable Panelists:
Robert Chang (Seattle University School of Law)
Neil Gotanda (Western State College of Law)
Black Asian Pacific American Women’s Voices (Rogers)
Roundtable Panelists:

Wendy Thompson Taiwo (Metropolitan State University)
Myra Washington (University of New Mexico)

Mitzi Uehara Carter (University of California, Berkeley)

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AAAS MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE PANEL: On The Question of
Contingent Faculty: What Can AAAS Do? (Holgate)
Moderator: Linta Varghese (Hunter College City University of New York)
Presenters:
Lawrence Hashima (California State University, Long Beach)
Chrissy Lau (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Ji-Young Um (Williams College)

Telling the Bad News: Imagining a Fuller Engagement with Asian
American Mental Health (Wheeler)
Chair: Mimi Khuc (University of Maryland, College Park)

Roundtable Panelists:

James Kyung-Jin Lee (University of California, Irvine)
Eliza Noh (California State University, Fullerton)
erin Khue Ninh (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Puni Kalra (Independent)

Cathy Linh Che (Independent)

Narratives of Exile and Militarization (Michigan)
Chair: Vernadette Gonzalez (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Presenters:
Eric Pido (San Francisco State University) - The Legibility of

Disaster: Militarized Relief after Typhoon Haiyan and the

Colonial Present
Roy Vu (North Lake College) - History in Exile: Postwar Republic

of Viet Nam in Transhistorical Spaces and Boundaries

Saturday

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Friday

The Arts of Confinement (Bonbright)
Chair: Lisa Yun (Binghamton University)
Presenters:
Edward Tang (University of Alabama) - Cartographies of

Confinement
Calvin Timmons (Washington State University) - Upset the Set

Up: Carcerality and API Hip-Hop
Sharon Luk (University of Oregon) - Where They Barbed the

Fourth Corner Open
Anna Pegler-Gordon (Michigan State University) - America’s

Chief Deportation Depot: Chinese New Yorkers at Ellis Island

Indigenous Asias: An Amerasia Journal Roundtable (James)
Chair: Arnold Pan (University of California, Los Angeles; Amerasia Journal)
Roundtable Panelists:
Keith Camacho (University of California, Los Angeles)

Melisa S.L. Casumbal-Salazar (Whitman College)
Ryan Masaaki Yokota (University of Chicago)

Thursday

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Wednesday

Afro-Asian Crossings (Cummings)
Chair & Discussant: Sujani Reddy (Amherst College)
Presenters:
Christian Ravela (Independent Scholar) - Afro-Orientalism

Redux

Linda Pierce Allen (University of Southern Mississippi)
Imitation of Life: the Intersection of Dogeaters and

The Bluest Eye
Jeanelle Hope (University of California, Davis) - Poetic Justice:

Afro-Asian Women’s Activism through Verse

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AAAS Welcome and Celebration of New Books Reception
(Book Exhibit Area, 9th Floor Book Exhibit Area)
Sponsored by AAAS & Northwestern University
Hosted wine and non-alcoholic cider for the first 300 attendees.

Thursday

6:15pm-7:30pm

Wednesday

Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art (Heritage)
Chair: Laura Kina (DePaul University) - Liminal Possibilities: Que(e)rying

Mixed Race Asian American Strategies in the Art of Maya

Mackrandilal and Zavé Martohardjono
Presenters:

Harrod J. Suarez (Oberlin College) - “You Blushed”: Queering

Surveillance after 9/11 in the work of Jill Magid and Hasan

Elahi

Mariam Beevi Lam (University of California, Riverside)
Que(e)rying Southeast Asian American Visuality

Jan Christian Bernabe (Center for Art and Thought) - The

Filipino Queer Artist as Killjoy: The Guilty Party Series by Jeffrey

Augustine Songco

Friday
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Registration

(2nd Floor Foyer / Hallways)

Mentorship Committee Meeting
(Harris Boardroom)

Wednesday

Friday
April 24, 2015

7:30am-9:00am

8:30am-5:00pm

Vendors / Exhibitors
(9th Floor Hallways)

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Thursday

8:00am-9:30am

Friday

Playing Asian America: Sporting Cultures and Heroes (Northshore)
Chair: Stanley Thangaraj (City College of New York)
Presenters:
Stanley Thangaraj (City College of New York) - Asian American

Sporting Cultures and Heroes
Shalini Shankar (Northwestern University) - Spelling as

Sporting Spectacle: Producing South Asian American Elite

Spellers for Media Consumption
Joy Taylor (Washington State University) - Banked Tracks and

Squared Circles:Empowerment and Whiteness in Roller Derby

and Professional Wrestling
Oliver Wang (California State University, Long Beach)
Everyone Loves an Underdog: Unpacking the “Linsanity”

Phenomenon

F2

Saturday

Imagining War and Peace (Mulford)
Presenters:

Quynh Nhu Le & Ying Zhu (University of South Florida)
Mobilizing the Vietnamese Body: Dance Theory, Identity

Politics, and the Aftermaths of War in Andrew X. Pham’s Catfish

and Mandala

Caroline Kieu-Linh Valverde (University of California, Davis)
Viet Nam War Transnational Commemorations: Re-narrations,

Preservations, and the Global Ownership of the Viet Nam War

Concept
Dan Bacalzo (New York University) - The Inexplicable

Redemption of Misrepresentation: The Vietnam of the Vampire

Cowboys

Jane Le Skaife (University of Tampa) - The Agentic Use of the

South Vietnamese Flag
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Imperialistic Fantasies, Transnational Dreams: Alternative
Histories in Transnational Asian/America (Bonbright)
Chair: Shawn Higgins (University of Connecticut)
Presenters:
Shawn Higgins (University of Connecticut) - “Just Picture Me

Sipping Oolong Tea”: Orientalist Soundscapes, Barred Zones,

and Irving Berlin’s China
Nicolyn Woodcock (Miami University) - Seeking “Yellow Fever”:

Transnational Constructions of Desire in Seeking Asian Female

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Dealing in Desire, Insufficient Funds, and Markets in Life:
Intimacies and Political Economics (James)
Presenters:
Kimberly Hoang (Boston College) - Dealing in Desire: Asian

Ascendency, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies in

Global Sex Work
Sharmila Rudrappa (University of Texas at Austin) - Markets in

Life: Surrogate Mothers on India’s Reproductive Assembly Lines

Saturday

F6

JOURNAL OF ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES (JAAS) PANEL: Academic
Freedom, Publishing and the Future of Asian American Studies
(Rogers)

Moderator: Anita Mannur (Miami University, Ohio)
Presenters:

Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Illinois, Urbana
Champaign) - Under Siege: Academic Freedom, Neoliberal

Nightmares and Queer Futures
David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford University) - Academic Freedom:

Background to the Concepts and Current Attacks
Richard Morrison (Fordham University Press) - Technologies

of Intimidation: On (Not) Publishing in the Shadow of the

Imperial University
Chris Vials (University of Connecticut, Storrs) - The American

Association of College Professors and the Discourse of

Academic Freedom

F8

Friday

Tendrils of Imperialism: Southeast Asian Narratives of
Displacement, Mobility and the Borderland Imaginary
(Cummings)

Chair: Thuy Vo Dang (University of California, Irvine)
Presenters:
Yvonne Kwan (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Recounting the Silences of War and Trauma: Narratives of

“What Really Happened?” from Children of Cambodian

Refugees

Diane Sabenacio Nititham (National Louis University )
“Our Noses Will Bleed and Then We Die”: Language as a

Borderland Strategy
James Pangilinan (Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific

American Experience) - Pastoral Hospitality: Cosmopolitan

Channels of Care for Remaining Vietnamese in the Philippines
Anthony Tran (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Circulating

Vietnamese Diasporic Cultures within the Digital Borderlands

of Networks

Celebrating and Critiquing the 1965 Immigration Act (Haven)
Chair: Gabriel Chin (University of California, Davis School of Law)
Discussant: Rick Baldoz (Oberlin College)
Presenters:
Gabriel Chin (University of California, Davis School of Law)
Were the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965

Anti-Racist?
Robyn Rodriguez (University of California, Davis) - Coming to

America: The Business of Trafficked Workers

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Thursday

F5

Winona Landis (Miami University) - Illustrating the

Transnational: Clément Baloup and the Multilingual Diasporic

Subject
Dinidu Karunanayake (Miami University) - Women Remember

Better? — Domains of Memory in Sri Lankan-American

Women’s Fiction

Wednesday

Carceral Spatialities: Reservations, Refugees, and New Narratives
(Hinman)
Chair: Lisa Marie Cacho (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Presenters:

Karen J. Leong (Arizona State University) - Subjugating Lands,

Subjugating Peoples: The Incarceration of Japanese

Americans on the Gila River Indian Community Reservation

Myla Vicenti Carpio (Arizona State University) - The Gila River

Indian Community Reservation as a Dual Site of Confinement

during World War II

Juliana Hu Pegues (Macalester College) - The Anti-Colonial

Aural Histories of Spoken Word Artists R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. and

Tou Saiko Lee

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South Asian Solidarities: BDS and Desi Identity (Heritage)
Chair: Maryem Kamil (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

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(2nd Floor Hallway)
Sponsored by John Hopkins University Press

War, Memory, and Identity in Japanese/American History
(Wheeler)
Presenters:
Naoko Wake (Michigan State University) - JA Rediscovers

Memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Seok-Won Lee (Rhodes College) - Toward an Imperial

Friendship: Karl Kiyoshi Kawakami and Japanese-American

Relations in the Early 20th Century

Curtiss Takada Rooks (Loyola Marymount University) - From

the Margins to the Center: The Role(s) of Japanese-American

of Mixed Race Ancestry in the US-Japan Relations: Case

Studies of Transnational Identity
Terumi Rafferty-Osaki (American University) - From

Fatherlands to Borderlands: Family Life at Tule Lake

F15

Asian/American New Materialisms: Ecologies of Cardboard,
Silicone, and Swarms (Heritage)
Chair: Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University)
Presenters:
Kelly Chung (Northwestern University) - Sensing in the Minor:

Interethnic Labor and Performance in Ramior Gomez’s

Los Angeles

Ray San Diego (University of California, Irvine) - Synthetic

Sensations with the Insatiable Asa Akira

Saturday

9:00am-10:00am

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Friday

Ghosts, Hauntings, and Speculations (Michigan)
Chair: Martin Joseph Ponce (Ohio State University)
Presenters:

Audrey Wu Clark (United States Naval Academy) - Playing War:

The Cold War Masculinities of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly
Naomi Edwards (Syracuse University) - Making and Un-Making

the Model Subject: Transnational Melancholia and Spectrality

in Chang-rae Lee
Yen Loh (University of Florida) - The Hungry Ghosts in Lan

Samantha Chang’s Hunger

PROGRAM COMMITTEE PLENARY: The Transnational Imaginary:
Thinking Across Geographies, Communities and Fields -- A
Conversation with Mathew Frye Jacobson, Nayan Shah, and Julie
Sze (Ballroom)
Co-Discussants:

Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (New York University)

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (University of California, Irvine)

Presenters:
Mathew Frye Jacobson (Yale University)
Nayan Shah (University of Southern California)
Julie Sze (University of California, Davis)

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Building a Cultural Laboratory: The Smithsonian Asian-Latino
Project and New Models of Cross-Cultural Education and
Exhibition (Wheeler)

Roundtable Panelists:
Lawrence-Minh Davis (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American

Center)
Konrad Ng (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)
Eduardo Diaz (Smithsonian Latino Center)
Janelle Wong (University of Maryland)

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Wednesday

Unsettling the Canadian Global City: Tense Proximities and
Unruly Memories (Holgate)
Chair: Robert Diaz (Ontario College of Arts and Design University)

Roundtable Panelists:
Robert Diaz (Ontario College of Arts and Design University)
On Being Legible: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian

Imaginaries
Christine Kim (Simon Fraser University)

John Paul Catungal (University of British Columbia)

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Understanding Health Prevention for Hmong Americans with
Limited English Proficiency (Cummings)
Chair: Linda Park (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Learning from Our

Patients: Enhancing the Cultural Literacy of Health Care Providers
Presenters:
Maichou Lor (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Perceptions

of the Quality of Interpreter Services among Limited English

Proficient Hmong
Phia Xiong (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Understanding

Who Limited English Proficient Hmong Patients Seek Out for

Medical Advice
Tounhia Khang (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Exploring

Factors to Experiences of Hmong and Spanish Speaking

Patient with Limited English Proficiency

Saturday

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50 Years of East West Players at Home and in the World (Hinman)
Chair: Ju Yon Kim (Harvard University)
Discussant: Josephine Lee (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Presenters:

Ju Yon Kim (Harvard University) - Adapting “And the Soul Shall

Dance” for the Stage
Elizabeth Son (Northwestern University) - Transpacific Acts of

Memory: The Afterlives of Hanako
Areum Jeong (University of California, Los Angeles)
Performing Border Crossing in Jiehae Park’s Hannah and the

Dread Gazebo

F20

Friday

Experiences of Migration and Settlement: Narratives of Identity
and Community for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and
Pacific Islanders (Mulford)

Chair: Jason Chan (University of California, Los Angeles)
Presenters:
Jason Chan (University of California, Los Angeles) - Influence

of Geographic Contexts in the Construction of Racial Identity

for AAPI College Students

Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles)
Sipha: A Story of Vietnamese Migration through Oral History

Mike Hoa Nguyen & Kapua Chandler (University of California,

Los Angeles) - An Examination of Native Hawaiian Migration

to the Continental United States: Investigating and Promoting

the Conditions and Lives of Native Hawaiians

F18

Regulating and Re-imagining Space across Coordinates of U.S.
Empire (Evans)
Chair: Joo Young Lee (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Presenters:
Jenny Kwak (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - Survival in

Waikīkī.: Tropes of Hunger in Contemporary Hawaiian

Literature
Vivian Truong (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - ”Equality

of Life”: The Asian American Struggle against Police Brutality

in 1990s New York City

Thursday

Race-Making in Knowledge/Economies (Northshore)
Chair: Vivek Bald (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Presenters:

Na Youn Lee (University of Michigan) - Where do Asian

Americans Stand in U.S. Race Relations? Psychological Borders

Within and Across Race and Implications for the Politics of

“Belonging”
Radha Modi (University of Pennsylvania) - Managing the Racial

Middle: The Role of Skin Color and Gender in the Racialization

of South Asians
Payal Banerjee (Smith College) - Indian Immigrant IT Workers,

Race, and the Lexicon of Neoliberalism in and about the

“Knowledge Economy”

Terese Guinsatao Monberg (Michigan State University) - “Like

the Molave”: Reimagining Spatial and Temporal Boundaries of

Community through “Growing Up Brown” Stories

F19

Wednesday

Cartographies of Yearning: Performing Thai American
Community in Diaspora (James)
Chair: Kanjana Thepboriruk (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)

Discussant: Tanachai Mark Padoongpat (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
Presenters:
Siwaraya Rochanahusdin (Pitzer College) - Beyond Pad Thai

Towards Namjai: Contextualizing Thai American Grassroots

Organizing through the Save the Thai Temple Campaign
Pahole Sookkasikon (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Packaging Nostalgia: Performing Diasporic Intimacy and

Nation through Thai Soap Operas

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Student Lounge
(Fowler Room)

11:30am-1:00pm

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SECTION MEETING: East of California
(Northshore)
SECTION MEETING: Information Science
(Mulford)
SECTION MEETING: Cultural Heritage
(Cummings)
SECTION MEETING: Contingent Faculty
(Bonbright)
SECTION MEETING: Asian American Literary Review
(Holgate)

Saturday

Eating and Laughing: The Cultural Politics of Food and Comedy
(Holgate)
Chair & Facilitator: Anita Mannur (Miami University of Ohio)
Presenters:

Genevieve Leung and Jaclyn Knitter (University of San

Francisco) - Bradah Romeo and Wahine Juliet: Hawaiian

Creole English in Educational Comedy

10:00am-5:00pm

Friday

F24

From Perilous to Possible: An Asian American Publishing
Roundtable (Rogers)
Roundtable Panelists:
Tina Chen (Pennsylvania State)
Arnold Pan (University of California, Los Angeles)
Chris Suh (Stanford University)
Camilla Fojas (DePaul University)

Ana Paulina Lee (Tulane University)

Josephine Nock-Hee Park (University of Pennsylvania)

Navigating Boundaries of Race and Citizenship (Michigan)
Chair: James Zarsadiaz (University of San Francisco)
Presenters:
Erika Lee (University of Minnesota) - The “Rise of Asian

Americans”? Myths and Realities
Tom Guglielmo (George Washington University) - White,

Nonwhite, Nonblack, and Japanese: The Strange Career of

Japanese Americans’ Racial Status in the World War II Army
Rick Baldoz (Oberlin College) - Soldiers of Misfortune: Filipino

Veterans and the Boundaries of US Citizenship

F26

Thursday

We Got Game: APA Athleticism & Community-Building in the
Urban American Imaginary (Haven)
Facilitator: Tim Hugh (Foundation for Asian American Independent

Media)
Presenters:
Ursula Liang (Director/ Producer) - 9-MAN
Tadashi Nakamura (Filmmaker) - Yellow Brotherhood
Theresa Navarro (Co-Producer) - A League of Their Own: APA

Female Athletes on Film
Terry Park (Miami University) - Joy Dunk Club

F23

Leah Milne (University of North Carolina, Greensboro) - Our

True Shared History: Jokes and the Digital Diaspora in Miguel

Syjuco’s Ilustrado

Anders Riel Muller (Roskilde University) - Hanwoo Beef: The

Rise of a South Korean Gastro-National Idol

Wednesday

Ambivalent Zones of Racial Contact: Asian Americans, African
Americans, and the Entanglements of Race (Bonbright)
Chair: Gary Y. Okihiro (Columbia University)
Presenters:
Wendi Yamashita (University of California, Los Angeles) - The

Production of Japanese American “Value”: Interrogating

Japanese American Spatial Imaginaries
Jeffrey Yamashita (University of California, Berkeley)
Constructing WWII War Heroes between the U.S. South and

Hawai'i: “Criss-Crossing Racial Migrations” of Japanese

Americans and African Americans
Daniel Woo (University of California, Berkeley) - “It’s Bigger

Than Hip Hop”: Afro-Asian Encounters and the Entanglements

of Race

SECTION MEETING: Filipino/Filipino American
(Heritage)

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Film: Muscles, Mash Ups & Sticky Rice: Films by Queer Camp
Productions (Hinman)
Presenter: Tina Takemoto (California College of the Arts)

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Media Space, Identity, Belonging (Wheeler)
Presenters:

Stephanie Takaragawa (Chapman University) - Race and

Place in Hyperspace: Mediating Japanese American History

and Identity on the Internet
Eileen Regullano (University of California, Riverside)
Mainstream Inaudibilities and New Media Opportunities:

Asian American Internet Musicking

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Public Displays of Asianess (Michigan)
Chair: Franklin Odo (National Park Service)
Presenters:
Roxane Hughes (University of Lausanne) - Re-Conceptualizing

Footbinding: The Spatial Imaginary of Museum Displays

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan (University of California, Berkeley) -

The Smithsonian’s India

Saturday

Love, Family, and Pleasure (Haven)
Chair: Jigna Desai (University of Minnesota)
Presenters:
Sangmi Lee (Oxford University) - Expressions of Transnational

Love
Swathi Sreerangarajan (South Dakota State University) - Queer

Pleasures of the Desi Party
Ruby Kim (Washington State University) - Transforming the

Script: Queering Coffee Princes and Flower Boys
Hui Xie (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) - Borderlands

F29

The Great Third Coast: How Teaching in the Midwest and South
Challenges Asian American Studies (James)
Chair: Janet Carlson (Macalester College)

Discussant: Victor Jew (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Presenters:
Janet Carlson (Macalester College) - Alumni Connections
Lan Dong (University of Illinois, Springfield) - Teaching Asian

American Literature in Central Illinois
Rachel Endo (Hamline University) - Repurposing Experiences

with Racial Micro-Aggressions into Counter-Stories
Andrea Louie (Michigan State University) - Teaching and

Administering in Michigan
Thomas Sarmiento (Kansas State University) - Challenges

from Three Campuses

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Defining and Organizing for Asian American Studies:
Undergraduate Perspectives (Rogers)
Chair: Kevin Park (Hunter College)

Roundtable Panelists:
Maya Arcilla (DePauw University)
Kevin Luong (Northwestern University)
Kaela Sanborn-Hum (Oberlin College)

Thursday

Religion and Politics Among Asian American Youth (Evans)
Chair: Ruth H. Chung (University of Southern California)
Presenters:

Ga Young Chung (University of Illinois) - On the Edge:

Undocumented Korean-American Youth and their Activism
Sung-Choon Park (The New School for Social Research)
Korean International Students’ Uses of New Media and

Transmission on Race to South Korea

Jerry Park and Dr. Carolyn Chen (Baylor University) - Religions

and Assimilation Among Second Generation Asian Americans

F30

Wednesday

Transnationalizing U.S. Agriculture: The Place of Asian Labor in
Food Studies (Ballroom)
Chair: Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Presenters:
Jeannie Shinozuka (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Queer Naturecultures Across Biotic Boderlands: Asian Plant,

Insect, and Human Immigrants

Sarah D. Wald (University of Oregon) - Japanese American

Literary Agrarianism from the Great Depression through the

Early Cold War

Cecilia M. Tsu (University of California, Davis) - Hmong in the

Heartland: Agricultural Cooperatives and Refugee Resettlement

in 1980s Minnesota

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AAAS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PANEL: The Story of Their
Academic Lives (Cummings)
Moderator: Ray San Diego (University of California, Irvine)
Presenters:
Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern University)
OiYan Poon (Loyola University Chicago)
Viet Le (College of the Arts)
Robyn Rodriguez (University of California, Davis)

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Saturday

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Three Turns through Critical Biopolitical Studies: Environments
and Infrastructures of Captivity, Care, and Collectivity (Hinman)
Chair: Donald Goellnicht (McMaster University)

Presenters:
Kathryn Cai (University of California, Los Angeles) - Three Turns

through Critical Biopolitical Studies: Environments and

Infrastructures of Captivity, Care, and Collectivity
Gregory Toy (University of California, Los Angeles) - Relocating

Manzanar: An Environmental Approach to Japanese American

Internment
Sharon Tran (University of California, Los Angeles) - Art,

Multitude, and the Oriental Captive Girl
Rachel Lee (University of California, Los Angeles) - Art,

Multitude, and the Oriental Captive Girl

Friday

Seeing Transnationally: Asian American Visual Cultures (Mulford)
Chair: Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (New York University)
Presenters:

Laura Sachiko Fugikawa (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Smuggling Asians: Borders and Bodes in Courtney Hunt’s

Frozen River
Crystal Ngo (Brown University) - Open Endings: The Visual

Dialectics of Refugee Resettlement
Ramya Janandharan (University of California, Berkeley)
Transnational Landscapes of Mourning and Advocacy: The Role

of “Images of Suffering” in Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora
Crystal Baik (University of California, Riverside) - Militarized

Visuality, the U.S.-Mexico Border, and Kimsooja’s An Album:

Sewing into Borderlines

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Thursday

Hemispheric Expressive Capital: Contemporary Cultural
Production from Greater Asian America (Northshore)
Chair: Jason Oliver Chang (University of Connecticut)

Discussant: Margo Machida (University of Connecticut)

Presenters:
Susan Thananopavarn (University of North Carolina) - A

Chinese Fan in Peru: Siu Kam Wen’s El tramo final as Asian

American Literature
Shinpei Takeda - Expression in Exile: Case of Japanese

Diaspora in Latin Americas Then and Now

F36

At Home in the Islands?: Hawai'i’s Growth and Development in
the Middle of the Sea (Evans)
Chair: John Rosa (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) - Henry J. Kaiser’s

Hawai'i Kai: Filling Fishponds for the Suburbs and Unfamiliar

Fishes

Discussant: Rod Labrador (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Presenter:
Annette Koh (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) - Honolulu’s Chop

Suey Conviviality: Contested Urban Imaginaries of Place

Wednesday

Race and Space in the Heartland (Bonbright)
Chair: Victor Jew (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Presenter:
Huping Ling (Truman State University) - Chinese Chicago:

Transnational Migration and Business, 1870s-1930s

Film: MULTI MEETS POLY: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism
Go On a First Date (Ballroom)
Chair: Jamil Khoury (Silk Road Rising)
Presenter:
Malik Gillani (Silk Road Rising)

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The Poetics of Identification (Michigan)
Chair: Warren Liu (Scripps College)
Presenters:
Warren Liu (Scripps College) - =/-1,000,000 years: Time, Form,

and the Human in On Kawara’s Today Series

Andrew Way Leong (Northwestern University) - Unequal

Entreaties: Sadakichi Hartmann’s Conversations with Walt

Whitman
Josephine Park (University of Pennsylvania) - Forms of

Acquiescence in the Poetics of Toyo Suyemoto

Joseph Jongyuhn Jeon (Pomona College) - Myung Mi Kim’s

Poetics of Evasion

Saturday

Biology and Belonging (James)
Chair: Victor Mendoza (University of Michigan)
Presenters:
Michael Ishimoto (University of California, Los Angeles) -

Claiming Property in Whiteness
Catherine Bliss (University of California, San Francisco)
Biology, Borders, and Belonging: Genomics’ Prism of Asian/

American and Pacific Islander Difference

Claiming California (Wheeler)
Chair: Shelley Lee (Oberlin College)
Presenters:
Jiemin Bao (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) - Space-making

and Identity-Making: Constructing a Buddhist Temple in

Silicon Valley
Jean-Paul deGuzman (University of California Center for New

Racial Studies) - “We Will Not Let You Go!” How Asian

Americans, Latinas/os, and African Americans Prevented Los

Angeles From Tearing Itself Apart

Soo Mee Kim (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) - The

Right to Claim Koreatown in LA

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Friday

Creating a Space for California State University Undergraduates
at the AAAS, Part I: What Can Undergraduates Gain from AAS?
What Do Undergraduates Contribute to AAS? (Rogers)

Chair: Gina Masequesmay (California State University, Northridge)

Roundtable Panelists:
Albert Ferranco (California State University, Fullerton)
Mary Pham (California State University, Fullerton)
Karl Pascasio (California State University, Northridge)
Clement Lai (California State University, Northridge)
Michelle Bac (California State University, Northridge)
Paul Thang (California State University, Fullerton)
Lily Pham (California State University, Fullerton)
Phong Doan (California State University, Fullerton)
Alina Nguyen (California State University, Northridge)

Carl (Gio) Viray (California State University, Northridge)

Samantha Jones (California State University, Northridge)
Lorenzo Mutia (California State University, Northridge)

Collecting Asian America (Holgate)
Discussant: Crystal Parikh (New York University)
Roundtable Panelists:

Min Hyoung Song (Boston College)

Daniel Y. Kim (Brown University)

Rachel C. Lee (University of California, Los Angeles)
Rajini Srikanth (University of Massachusetts Boston)

K. Scott Wong (Williams College)

Thursday

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Wednesday

Doing Asian American Studies Otherwise (Haven)
Chair: Iyko Day (Mount Holyoke College)
Presenters:
Leslie Bow (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - Asian American

Studies via Journalism
Kimberly Chang (Hampshire College) - Asian American Studies

via Experimental Memoir
Floyd Cheung (Smith College) - Asian American Studies via

Poetry

Elena Tajima Creef (Wellesley College) - Asian American

Studies via Visual Ethnographic Fieldwork
Joyce Lu (Pomona College) - Asian American Studies via

Performance

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Coffee Break
(2nd Floor Hallway)
Sponsored by American Studies & Ethnicity and KAYA Press,
University of Southern California and Asian Pacific American Studies
Program, Arizona State University

3:00pm-5:00pm

Drop-In Clinics
(Marcy)

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Bridging Cultures at a Community College in a Global City:
Articulating a Model to Teach Asian American Studies at Bunker
Hill Community College in Boston, MA (Evans)

Facilitator: Shirley Tang (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Roundtable Panelists:
Nina Ha (Bunker Hill Community College)
Aurora Bautista (Bunker Hill Community College)
Enzo Surin (Bunker Hill Community College)

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Saturday

AAAS PRESIDENTIAL PANEL: The State of Immigration Fifty Years
after 1965 (Heritage)
Moderator: Angie Y. Chung (University at Albany, State University of

New York)
Participants:

Lisa Marie Cacho (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
The Rule of Law

Monisha Das Gupta (University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa) - Migrant

Rights in an Era of Deportation
Hiroshi Motomura (University of California, Los Angeles,

School of Law) - Immigration Law and Asian America:

Searching for the Right Paradigm(s)

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez (University of California, Davis)
Globalization and the New Complexities of Asian Im/migration

Southeast Asians Pushing Boundaries in Education (Northshore)
Chair: Vichet Chhuon (University of Minnesota)
Presenters:
Ming-Hsuan Wu (Touro College) - Interracial/Interethnic

Friendships among Cambodian American and African

American Middle School Students

Phitsamay Uy & Chrisna Khuon (University of Massachusetts,

Lowell) - Southeast Asian American College & Career

Readiness
Malaphone Phommasa (University of California, Santa

Barbara) - An Examination of Individual, Social, and Structural

Factors Affecting the Persistence and Retention of Southeast

Asian American College Students
Linda-Marie Pheng (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Contributing Factors to the Educational Attainment of

Southeast Asian American Women

Mapping Chinese America: Exploring the Methods and Meaning of
Spatial History (Mulford)
Presenters:
Beth Lew-Williams (Princeton University) - Mapping the

Impact of Anti-Chinese Violence and Chinese Exclusion
Julian Lim (Washington University in St. Louis) - Mapping

Exclusion in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Adrienne Winans (Ohio State University) - Mapping Chinese

America from the Local to the Transnational in the Midwest

and Mid-Atlantic

Friday

3:00pm-4:30pm

Film: 9-Man (Documentary Screening) (Ballroom)
Co-Discussant: Theresa Navarro (Co-Producer)
Co-Discussant: Ursula Liang (Filmmaker)

Thursday

2:45pm-3:30pm

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Wednesday

“Returns Transnational Time and Space” (Heritage)
Chair: David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford University)
Presenters:
Long Le-Khac (Stanford University) - Narrating the

Transnational: Dispersion, Causation, and Story Cycle Form in

We Should Never Meet
Steven Lee (University of California, Berkeley) - The Korean

Diaspora’s Avant-Garde Return
Jenny Wills (University Winnipeg) - Language, Blood, the

Discourse of Origin
Mark Jerng (University of California, Davis) - Chronotopes of

Return in Kenneth Liu’s Transnational Science Fiction

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The Ends of Normal: Asian American Extremities of Popular
Culture (Cummings)
Presenters:
Jordan Guevara (California State University, Northridge)
Marvel’s Runaways: The Multicultural Cyborgs of Los Angeles
Tomo Hatori (California State University, Northridge) - No

Name Warrior: Specter of The Woman Warrior in Battle Royale

and The Hunger Games

TransNation: The Living Artistic Legacy of Fred Ho (Haven)
Chair: Steven DeCastro (Credibility Media)
Roundtable Panelists:
Kevin Fellezs (Columbia University)
Marina Calendar (Performance Artist)

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Reimagining and Decolonizing the Trans/National Imaginary of
Asian American Studies (Holgate)
Chair: Rick Bonus (University of Washington)
Presenter:

Antonio T. Tiongson, Jr. (University of New Mexico) - Asian

American Studies, Settler Colonial Critiques and

Decolonization

F59

Asia on My Mind: Pop Culture’s Transnational Circuits (Wheeler)
Chair: Jeanette Roan (California College of the Arts)
Presenters:
Aki Yamada (University of California, Los Angeles) - Role of

Japanese Market for New Japaneseness in the US
Sharon Tran (University of California, Los Angeles) - The Global

Traffic in Animated Asian Girls
Jung-Sun Park (California State University, Dominguez Hills)
Asian Americans and Transnational Flows of Asian Pop Culture
Lan Dong (University of Illinois, Springfield) - Trans/National

Visualization in Boxers and Saints

Saturday

Cultural Histories and Practices (Rogers)
Chair: Leilani Nishime (University of Washington)
Presenters:

Delia Malia Konzett (University of New Hampshire)
Hollywood’s WWII: Hawai'i and the Nation
Kelly Fong (California State University, Northridge) - Discourse

Wars: Battling Sensationalized Tong Tropes to Write Social

Histories
Jose Capino (University of Illinois) - Diaz and Severino: Notes on the

Practice of Transnational Filipino/American Documentaries
Patricia Chu (George Washington University) - Borderlands in

See’s On Gold Mountain

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F55

Sexing the Border: Embodied Transnationalism and the
Performance of Gender (James)
Presenters:
Benny LeMaster (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Becoming Mixed-race, Becoming Multigenerational
Mana Hayakawa (University of California, Los Angeles) -

Versatility and Revival: Negotiations of Japanese American

Dancers

Thao P. Nguyen (Stanford University) - Pieces: Corporeality,

Gender, and the Vietnam War
Amy Sueyoshi (San Francisco State University) - Sex Acts: Race,

Leisure, and Power In Turn-of-the Century San Francisco

Thursday

F54

The Spaces of Asian American Narrative in a Neoliberal Frame
(Bonbright)
Chair: Julia Lee (University of California, Irvine) - What is Outside the

Rim? Asian American Memoir and Empty Space
Presenters:
Weihsin Gui (University of California, Riverside) - Passing the

Sauce: Trans-Pacific Space and Sentiment in Kirstin Chen’s Soy

Sauce for Beginners
Wendy Lee (Skidmore College) - Strangely Familiar: New China

and Generic Dystopian Spaces in Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a

Full Sea

F57

Wednesday

CONCERT: Anthems for Global Cities; The Afro-Asian Music of
Fred Ho (Hinman)
Panelist:
Ben Barson (Afro Asian Music Ensemble)

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Transnational Circuits and Crossings: Imaginary Geographies and
Movements (Northshore)
Chair: Stella Oh (Loyola Marymount University) - Geographical and

Graphical Movements: Trafficking in Mail Order Bride and From

Busan to San Francisco
Presenters:

Tamara C. Ho (University of California, Riverside)
Transnational Crossings through a Burmese Lens
Jane Hseu (Dominican University) - Asian American Literature and

the US West: Regional and Global Contexts
Donna Tong (Fu Jen Catholic University) - Only Ghosts: Trans
Pacific and Cross-Cultural Imag(es)inings in Mamoru Oishii’s

Ghost in the Shell Films

F65

Trans-National Filipinos in the Borderland of Hawai'i: Author/Critic
Roundtable on New Books (Mulford)
Chair: Kale Fajardo (University of Minnesota)

Co-Discussant: Augusto Espiritu (University of Illinois, Urbana

Champaign) - Comments on Islanders in the Empire

Co-Discussant: Theodore S. Gonzalves (University of Maryland,

Baltimore County) - Comments on Building Filipino

Hawai'i
Presenters:
JoAnna Poblete (University of Wyoming) - Islanders in the

Empire
Roderick Labrador (University of Hawai'i) - Building Filipino

Hawai'i

Saturday

Sneak Peek of “Tested” (Ballroom)
Chair: Janelle Wong (University of Maryland)
Panelist:
Curtis Chin

F64

Friday

Filipino Identity Construction (Heritage)
Chair: Rick Bonus (University of Washington)
Presenters:
Vincent Laus (University of Central Oklahoma) - The Labor of

Cultural Identity: A Cross-National Approach in Global Cities
Faith Kares (Northwestern University) - “Top-of-the-line” Asians

in America: How transnational Volunteerism Figures in

Diasporic Imaginaries of Race and Belonging in America
Reuben Deleon (University of California, Los Angeles) -

Connections on Campus: Examining Filipino Identity

Development through Student Group Participation
Clark Bilorusky (San Francisco State University) -

Policy and Practice: Bilingual Education at San Francisco’s

Filipino Education Center

New Narratives to Tell the Asian American Midwest (Bonbright)
Chair: Timothy Yu (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Presenters:
Victor Jew (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Beginning a

Conversation

Yang Sao Xiong (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Hmong

American Electoral Participation and Storytelling
Grace Lee (Filmmaker) - The Grace Lee Projection in the Midwest
Bich Nguyen (University of San Francisco) - Writing the Asian

American Landscape in Fiction

Thursday

4:35pm-6:00pm

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Wednesday

Campus Politics and the Construction of Race (Michigan)
Presenters:

Andrea Louie (Michigan State University) - Chinese

Transnational Students at Michigan State University: Beyond

the Stereotypes
Gang Li (The University of British Columbia) - The Dominant

Minority: White Supremacy in Asian Majority Institutions of

Higher Ed
Tu-Uyen Nguyen (California State University, Fullerton)
Developing a University-Community Partnership to Expand

Educational Borders and Improve Health for Underserved

Asian Pacific American Students

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Book Discussion Roundtable: The Changs Next Door to the Diazes:
Remapping Race in Suburban California (James)
Chair: Pawan Dhingra (Tufts University)

Roundtable Panelists:
Eric Tang (University of Texas, Austin)
Wendy Cheng (Arizona State University)

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (University of California, Irvine)
On the Borders of Music (Holgate)
Chair: Yuichiro Onishi (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Presenters:
Sissi Liu (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Fred Ho’s Asian American Jazz Borderlands
Meghan Burns (University of Connecticut) - Spaces of Sound

and Silence: Musical Nationality in Obasan
Elliott Powell (University of Minnesota) - Music between the

Margins: Interrogating Afro-Asian Collaborations in Hip Hop
Eric Hung (Rider University) - As and Beyond ‘Exile Nostalgia’: The

Life of Psychedelic Rock in Cambodian America

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Imagining New York, Inventing Koreatown (Wheeler)
Chair: Soo Ah Kwon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Presenters:
Jinwon Kim (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Reinventing Koreatown in Manhattan

Lorenzo Alexander Puente (Boston College) - The Gentrification

of New York in Fixer Chao
Angie Chung (University at Albany) - Race and Cosmopolitanism:…

Being Asian American in the New York Region
Leland Tabares (Pennsylvania State University) - The Im/Material

Space of Racial Possibility in New York’s Chinatown

Saturday

Southeast Asian American Studies Today: Methodologies, Race
and Space (Haven)
Co-Discussants: Emily Hue (New York University)

Pahole Sookkasikon (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)

Roundtable Panelists:
Viet Le (College of the Arts)

Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (New York University)
Vernadette Gonzalez (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Aline Lo (Allegheny College)
Davorn Sisavath (University California, San Diego)

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Friday

AAAS MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE PANEL: Roundtable on the Nuts
and Bolts of Publishing (Cummings)
Moderator: David K. Yoo (University of California, Los Angeles)

Roundtable Panelists:
Ranjit Arab (University of Washington)
Dawn Durante (University of Illinois)

Anthony C. Ocampo (California State Polytechnic University,

Pomona)
Gary Pak (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)

Sports and the Limits of Asian American Masculinity (Rogers)
Chair: Daniel Y. Kim (Brown University)
Presenters:
Stewart Chang (Whittier Law School) - Racial Upside:

Deconstructing the Merits of Jeremy Lin

Thomas JP Hashimoto Martin (State University of New York)
Asian American Athletes in New York: Pioneers in America’s Racial

Rubicon
Calvin McMillin (Washtenaw Community College) - The Only

Good Chinaman: Masculinity, Miscegenation, and the Advent

of the Eastern Western

Thursday

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Wednesday

Reimagining Educational Spaces for Asian Americans: The
Influences of Race and Identity (Evans)
Chair: Corinne Kodama (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Discussants: Dina Maramba (State University of New York Binghamton),

Edward R. Curammeng (University of California, Los Angeles), and

Xavier Hernandez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Trends, Themes, and Threads: A Critical Meta-Analysis of Filipina/o

Americans and Education Research
Presenters:
Corinne Kodama (University of Illinois at Chicago) and
Lester Manzano (Loyola University Chicago ) - Constructing a

Shared Experience of Being Asian American in the Midwest:

The Development of the Midwest Asian American Student Union
Delia Hom (Northeastern University) - Understanding Asian

American College Students and Their Sense of Belonging on

Campus

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Wednesday

EOC Roundtable: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Asian American(ist)
in Higher Education (Michigan)
Chair: Eric Tang (University of Texas, Austin)

Roundtable Panelists:
Betsy Huang (Clark University)
Chris Eng (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Jigna Desai (University of Minnesota)
Jennifer Ho (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

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Thursday

Architecture and Religion in the Formation of Japanese American
and Thai American Identities (Hinman)
Chair: Wing-Kai To (Bridgewater State University) - Monastic Buddhism

and Thai American Identity: Building the Largest Thai American

Temple outside Thailand

Discussant: Allan Isaac (Rutgers University)
Presenters:
Lynne Horiuchi (University of California at Berkeley) - A Local

Global Utopia: The Japan Pavilion Golden Gate Exposition
Sean McPherson (Bridgewater State University) - Race, Space,

Religion and Cultural Identity: The Architecture of Japanese
American Buddhist Churches

7:00pm-8:00pm

Friday

FEATURED PERFORMANCE: Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project:

Celebrating 20 Years of the Asian American Jazz Experience in
Chicago

(Heritage Ballroom)

Saturday

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7:00am-5:00pm

8:30am-12:00pm

Vendors / Exhibitors
(9th Floor Hallways)

Wednesday

Saturday
April 25, 2015

Registration

(2nd Floor Foyer / Hallways)

8:00am-9:30am

S1

Bearing Empire’s Imprint: Transnational Filipino American
Responses to Violence in the Philippines (Mulford)
Chair: Ryan Leano (California State University, Fullerton)
Presenters:
Daya Mortel (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa ) - BAYAN-USA,

Flyers and Forging Identity in San Francisco
Christopher Patterson (New York Institute of Technology)
Radical Pleasures: Romance and Revolution in Filipina Fiction

J. Lorenzo Perillo (Cornell University) - Choreographing the

Aftermath of Disaster

Thursday

Translation and the Politics of Language (Northshore)
Presenters:

Yuan Ding (University of Minnesota) - “I’ve Sorta Come to

Love the Mistakes”: Mistranslations and Misidentification in

David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (2011)
John Labella (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Carlos Bulosan’s Transnational Language of Place

S2

Friday

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Saturday

A Post-National World? (Evans)
Chair: Madeline Hsu (University of Texas, Austin)
Presenters:
Vivian Chin (Mills College) - Derailing the Post-Asian

Melody Yunzi Li (Washington University, St. Louis) - From

Claiming America to Claiming Diaspora
Sangay Mishra (Drew University) - Diaspora and its Discontents
Takeyuki Tsuda (Arizona State University) - Diasporicity and

Japanese Americans

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War, Memory, and Spacilaization (Wheeler)
Chair: Karen Leong (Arizona State University)
Presenters:
Jennifer Tran (University of Southern California) - Oakland as

Imperial Outpost: Post-Cold War Development and Multi-racial

Formation
Greg Robinson (Université du Québec à Montréa) - The

Internment of Indonesians in the US: An Untold Story

S9

Archival Dissonance: Queering the Trans/national Imaginary of
Asian America (Holgate)
Chair: Elizabeth Son (Northwestern University)

Roundtable Panelists:
Emily Hue (New York University) - Unmaking The Archive: The

Guggenheim’s ‘No Country’ Exhibit and Strategies of

Abstraction in Burmese Diasporic Expressive Culture
Chris Eng (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Camp(y) Archives and the Unmaking of Asian/America
Yumi Lee (University of Pennsylvania) - Soldier, Prisoner,

Patriarch: Immigration and the Asian American Family in Ha

Jin’s War Trash

S10

(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War - An AALR Special Issue (Michigan)
Facilitator: Sylvia Chong (University of Virginia)
Roundtable Panelist:

Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis (Smithsonian Asian Pacific

American Center)

Saturday

Critical Christian Studies of the United States’ Imperialist
Militarism from Asian/Asian North American Perspectives (Haven)
Chair: Anne Won Hee Joh (Garrett Theological Seminary)
Presenters:

Tat-Siong Benny Liew (College of the Holy Cross)
Mimi Khuc (University of Maryland)

Amy R. Barbour (Garrett Theological Seminary)

S8

Friday

“America” Meets “India”: South Asian Travelers and Exiles at the
Dawn of the American Century (Cummings)
Chair & Discussant: Rajender Kaur (William Patterson University)
Presenters:
Anupama Arora (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
A Heathens’ Guide to the World’s Fair
Sujani Reddy (Amherst College) - Widows, “The Woman

Question” and Indian Diaspora

J. Daniel Elam (Northwestern University) - “Visit India with a

Hindu”: Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Indian Anticolonialism, and

American Readers
Vivek Bald (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) - My

Hindoo Man: Ranji Smile and the American “Consumption of

India”, 1899-1917

Precarious Places: Asian American Diasporas on the
Geographical Scale (Rogers)
Chair: Kit Myers (University of California, Merced)
Presenters:

Joo Ok Kim (University of California, Irvine) - Amidst Citrus

Empires: Hmong and Korean Farmers in Rural Florida
Josen Diaz (University of San Diego) - Truth, Beauty, and

Goodness; or How Madame Marcos Globalized Manila
Surbhi Malik (Creighton University) - The Suburban Splendors of

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Fiction

Thursday

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S7

Wednesday

“It’s Alive!”: Contesting Spatial Imaginaries through Asian
American Visual and Cultural Productions in Horror Film, New
Media, and War Archives (Hinman)
Presenters:
Stephanie Chang (University of California, Los Angeles) -

Racial Affliction: (De)constructing Racial Formations through

the Asian American Vampire Film

Steven Hanyun Cong (University of California, Los Angeles)
Culture is Alive and Breathing: Visualizing a Dynamic and

Changing Sense of Culture in Asian American Youth

Communities in the San Gabriel Valley
Rita Phetmixay (University of California, Los Angeles) - A War

That Won’t End: Examining Temporal and Spatial

Representations of U.S. Bombshells and Bombies in Laos and

the Modes of Remembrance

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Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) Editorial Board Meeting
(Harris Boardroom)

9:00am-9:45am




Coffee Break
(2nd Floor Hallways)
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Center and Department,
University of California, Los Angeles and Asian American and Asian
Diaspora Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

Student Lounge
(Fowler Room)

AAAS PRESIDENTIAL PLENARY: The State of Asian American
Studies and the Critical University (Ballroom)
Moderator: Sharmila Rudrappa (University of Texas, Austin)
Presenters:

Karen J. Leong (Arizona State University) - Asian American

Studies and the New American University: Challenges,

Opportunities, and Non-Negotiables

Min Hyoung Song (Boston College) - Who We Want to Be: Asian

American Studies in the 21st Century
Anna Guevarra (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Underrepresented or Undeserved: Asian Americans and the

Politics of Exception
Junaid Rana (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) - BDS

and Academic Freedom

S12

Creative Uncommons: Visual Space and the Fine Arts of
Story-Telling (Wheeler)
Chair: Long Bui (University of Illinois)
Presenters:

Eunsong Angela Kim and Long Bui (University of Illinois)
Bursting the Asian American Artist Bubble
Michael Ho (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) - The

Creative Metaphor of Son Mai: Liminality, Disability, and

Identity as Artistic Practice
Maya Espiritu (Scripps College) - The Vietnamese Refugee

Experience: Writing for Vietnamese American Children
Richard Gessert (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) - The

Hybrid Aesthetics of Globalization, Myth, and Diaspora

Friday

9:00am-2:00pm

P3

Thursday

8:30am-10:00am

9:45am-11:15am

Wednesday

Transnationalizing the Japanese/Okinawan-American Narrative:
Race, Gender and Imperialism across Borders (Heritage)
Chair: Grace Shimizu (Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project)
Presenters:
Wesley Ueunten (San Francisco State University) - The “Grand

Narrative” of the Okinawan Diaspora and U.S./Japanese

Imperialism in Okinawa
Stephanie Moore (Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project)
Fabricating “Yellow Peril” in the Americas: From Popular

Culture to the U.S. WWII Rendition Program
Cathleen Kozen (University of California, San Diego) - Justice

and the Specter of U.S. Empire: On the Politics of Japanese

Latin American Redress

S13

Saturday

Fleshing Out Transnational Landscapes: Bodies in Literary and
Visual Cultures (Northshore)
Chair: Joo Young Lee (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Presenters:
Mika Kennedy (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - “It’s an

Enchanted Space I Occupy”: Care and Feeding of the

Hyperreal in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Henry David

Hwang’s M. Butterfly
Sunhay You (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - Desiring

Death in Yukio Mishima’s “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace

with the Sea”
Meryem Kamil (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - To die a

villain or live long enough to see yourself become the hero

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Southeast Asian Refugee Politics in Malaysia, Argentina, and the
United States (Bonbright)
Discussant: Yen Le Espiritu (University of California, San Diego)
Presenters:
Jana Lipman (Tulane University) - “When They Cursed Us in

This Mindless Manner it was Difficult for us to Find Words”:

Between Refuge and Repatriation: Refugee Politics in

Malaysia, 1978-1979
Sam Vong (Gustavus Adolphus College) - Hmong Refugees in

Argentina and the Making of an Agrarian Diaspora, 1979-1982
Loan Dao (University of Massachusetts, Boston) - Refugees

and Repatriation: Reclaiming the Past in Present-day Politics
Five Gears for Activated Learning: The South Asian Bhangra Club
at CSUN (Haven)
Chair: Tomo Hattori (California State University, Northridge)

Roundtable Panelists:
Ismail Hossain (California State University, Northridge)
Sandeep Kaur (California State University, Northridge)
Aanchal Padyal (California State University, Northridge)
Sara Yousuf (California State University, Northridge)

S19

Affective Images across Panel Borders: Drawing and Drawing Out
Emotions in Asian American Graphic Narratives (Rogers)
Chair: Monica Chiu (University of New Hampshire)
Presenters:
Monica Chiu (University of New Hampshire) - Affects of

Inclusion in Kawaguchi’s Serialized Eagle: The Making of An

Asian-American President

Rocio G. Davis (University of Navarra) - Observing Emotions:

Adolescent Feelings in Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki’s
This One Summer
Eleanor Ty (Wilfred Laurier University) - Ugly Feelings and

Representational Strategies in Tina’s Mouth
Jeanette Roan (California College of the Arts) - Tasting is

Knowing: Chew, Food, and Disgust

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Friday

Protest and the Asian American Revolutionary Imagination
(Evans)
Chair: Daryl Joji Maeda (University of Colorado Boulder)
Presenters:
Bradley Freeman (Ohio State University) - Political Resistance

and the Revolutionary Imagination of H.T. Tsiang

Hyun Joo Lee (Yonsei University) - Anticolonial Topology in

Asian American and Diasporic Art
Danielle Wong (McMaster University) - “The World’s Politest

Protesters”: The Umbrella Revolution as Asian Replication
Zhenxing Zhu (Doshisha University) - The Reactions to African

American Civil Rights Movement in the Chinese American

Community Press

Translation and the Asian American Hemisphere (Cummings)
Chair: Michelle Har Kim (Independent Scholar)
Roundtable Panelists:

Karen Tei Yamashita (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Anna Kazumi Stahl (University of California, Berkeley)
Mia Warren (Northwestern University)

Thursday

Embodiment and the Performance of Asian America
(Mulford)
Chair: Nina Ha (Bunker Hill Community College)
Presenters:
Joyce Lu (Pomona College) - Show and Tell It: Theater

Pedagogies to Bring the Body Back
Elise Auvil (University of Maryland, College Park) - Embodied

Memory in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth
Rosanne Sia (University of Southern California) - A Moment on

Stage for the Asian American Modern Girl

Earl Yin-Wei Liao (City University of New York Graduate

Center) - The Extemporaneous Cartographer: The Body in

Monique Truong’s Book of Salt

S15

S17

Wednesday

Japanese American Youth in the Millennial Generation (Hinman)
Co-Chair: Dana Nakano (California State University, Stanislaus)
Co-Chair: Jeffrey Yamashita (University of California, Berkeley)

Roundtable Panelists:
Wesley Ueunten (San Francisco State University)
Brett Esaki (Georgia State University)
Lori Lopez (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Takeyuki Tsuda (Arizona State University)
Aki Yamada (University of California, Los Angeles)

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SC12
SC13
SC14
SC15
SC16
SC17

SECTION MEETING
(Northshore)
SECTION MEETING
(Mulford)
SECTION MEETING: Mixed Race
(Cummings)
SECTION MEETING: Japanese American
(Bonbright)
SECTION MEETING
(Rogers)
SECTION MEETING
(Holgate)
SECTION MEETING
(Heritage)

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Friday

Gender and the Aesthetics of Race (Michigan)
Chair: Kimberly Hoang (Boston College)
Presenters:
Frances Tran (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Female Coolies and Aesthetic Archives: Re-configuring the

Timespace of Asian America

Emily Yu Zong (University of Queensland) - The Japanese

Exotic: Picture Brides in The Buddha in the Attic

Jang Wook Huh (State University of New York, Buffalo) - The

Black Woman and the Anticolonial Politics of Circulation
Maria Lopez (University of New Mexico) - Filipina and Mexican

Domestic Workers in Film

Asian American Sporting Cultures: Local, National, and
Transnational Connections and Negotiations (James)
Chair: Constancio Arnaldo Jr. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Presenters:

Constancio Arnaldo Jr. (University of Illinois, Urbana
Champaign) - The Transnational Filipino Fist: Manny “Pac
Man” Pacquiao and the Southern Californian Filipina/o

American Ringside Community

Stanley Thangaraj (City College of New York) - Signifying Asian

American-ness: Tiger Woods, Buddhism, and Sexualized

Racializations
Pawan Dhingra (Tufts University) - “We’re Not Built for Sports”:

Indian Americans’ Pursuit of Bees as Alternative Competitions

Chia Y. Vang (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) - Helmets,

Cleats and Shoulder Pads: Hmong Youth Making Their Mark in

America through Sports

Thursday

The Politics of Adoption (Holgate)
Presenters:

Lisa Gaskill (University of Alabama) - Transnationally Adopted:

Living Between the Black and White Binary of the Deep South
Seonna Kim (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) - “One

Korea Plus One America Equals...Countryless”: Claiming

Statelessness against the Biooplitics of Transnational Adoption

and Homecoming in Jane Jeong Trenka’s Memoirs

Su Mee Lee (Pusan National University) - International

Adoption and Korean Maquiladora Industry in Trans/National

Central American Capital—Reading Cristina Garcia’s The Lady

Matador’s Hotel in a Global Context

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Wednesday

Buried Histories: Asian American Transnational Identity as an Act
of Excavation (Noyes)
Discussant: Vivek Bald (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Roundtable Panelists:

Andrew Way Leong (Northwestern University)
Falu Bakrania (San Francisco State University)

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Visualizing Home through These “Images of America”: Southeast
Asian American Community Histories (Haven)
Chair: Thuy Vo Dang (University of California, Irvine)
Presenters:
Florante Ibanez (Loyola Law School) - Filipinos in Carson and

the South Bay

Tram Le and Thuy Vo Dang (University of California, Irvine)
Vietnamese in Orange County

Jonathan H.X. Lee (San Francisco State University) - Laotians in

the San Francisco Bay Area

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon (San Francisco State University)
Filipinos in Stockton

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AAAS BOARD ROUNDTABLE: Killing Race through Corporate
University Management and the Need for Critical
University Studies (Bonbright)

Chair: Jinah Kim (Northwestern University)

Participants:
Anna Gonzalez (Lewis & Clark College)
Kent Ono (University of Utah)
Cinthya Rodriguez (Northwestern University)
Nitasha Sharma (Northwestern University)

Aesthetics and Borders (Northshore)
Chair: Lan Dong (University of Illinois Springfield)
Presenters:
Stephanie Hsu (Pace University) - Tao Lin’s Taipei, an Aesthetic

Experiment in Autistic Jouissance

Soh Yeun Kim (University of Washington) - Storytelling: Asian/

American Literature and (de)Shaping Stories of U.S.
Pingfan Zhang (The University of Hong Kong) - Staging

American “Goddess of Mercy” in Nanking Massacre: Reading

the Representation of Sexual Violence in Ha Jin’s Nanjing

Requiem

S31

Transgressive Asian American Sexualities in US Popular Culture
(Mulford)
Chair: Shilpa Davé (University of Virginia)
Presenters:

Douglas S. Ishii (University Maryland, College Park) - Spare Me

the White Girl/Cultural Divide Love: Grey’s Anatomy and the

Tradition/Modernity Binary
Kimberly McKee (Grand Valley State University) - The Adoptee

as Lolita?: Reimagining Soon Yi Previn
Thomas Sarmiento (Kansas State University) - Filipina/o

Excessibility: Queerness, Midwestern-ness, and the Cultural

Politics of Legibility

Saturday

Invisible Asian Americans: Emerging Narratives in South and
Southeast Asian American Studies (Michigan)
Presenters:

Anthony C. Ocampo (California Poly Pomona) - Home is Where

the Money Is: Explaining the Case of Indian Remigration to the

United States
Daniel Soodjinda (with Sophat Kim) (California State

University, Stanislaus) - Intersecting Expectations: Conflicts

between Ethnicity and Sexuality among Cambodian American

Gay Men

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1:15pm-2:45pm

Friday

The Turban is Not Old Hat: Sartorial Choice, Migration, and
Racialization (James)
Chair: Kareem Khubchandani (University of Texas, Austin) - Terrifying

Performances: Negotiating Misrecognition in Bollywood’s Diaspora
Presenters:
Meenasarani Murugan (University of Texas, Austin) - Terrifying

Performances: Negotiating Misrecognition in Bollywood’s

Diaspora

Drop-In Clinics
(Marcy)

Thursday

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1:00pm-2:30pm

Wednesday

Politics of Motherhood in East Asian Communities (Evans)
Co-Chair: Patti Duncan (Oregon State University)
Roundtable Panelists:
Grace Cho (College of Staten Island)
Pamela Thoma (Washington State University)
Rupa Bagga-Raoulx (Independent Scholar)

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S34

S35

Chinese American Secularism and Religiosity: Transnational
Constructions of Values and Practices (Holgate)
Presenters:

Russell M. Jeung and Alice Liu (San Francisco State

University) - Divergent Paths: Recent Religious Trends among

Chinese Americans
Seanan Fong (Harvard Divinity School) - The Roots of Chinese

American Secularism

Justin K.H. Tse (University of Washington) - The Passion of

Hak-Shing William Tam: California’s Proposition 8 and the

Secular Ironies of Asian American Christian Privilege

S38

Creating a Space for CSU Students-Part 2: What Is the Role of
Community Engagement in Connecting and Broadening Student
Learning and Social Activism? (Michigan)

Chair: Tu-Uyen Nguyen (California State University, Fullerton)

Roundtable Panelists:
Anthony Villanueva (California State University, Fullerton)
Tien Nguyen (California State University, Fullerton)
John Chan (California State University, Northridge)
Julie Mac (California State University, Northridge)

Cielito (Thea) Fernandez (California State University, Northridge)
Kent Marume (California State University, Fullerton)

Raymond (Moy) Lee Bascal (California State University,

Northridge)
Ashley Cheri (Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community

Alliance)
Kassandra Tong (Orange County Asian Pacific Islander

Community Alliance)
Jody Cajudo (California State University, Fullerton)
Kristina Chua (California State University, Fullerton)

Saturday

146

The Power of AAPI Places (Haven)
Presenter:

Franklin Odo (National Park Service)

S37

Friday

Global Orientalisms and Artistic Interventions among Asian
Transnational Adoptees (Cummings)
Presenters:
Kit Myers (University of California, Merced) - A Critique of Global

Adoption-metrics and the New Global Family

Maja Lee Langvad (Independent Creative Writer, Author) - SHE

IS ANGRY – A Testimony of Transnational Adoption
Lene Myong (Aarhus University) - Ideological Mourning and the

Turn to Critique among Korean Adoptees

Kim Park Nelson (Minnesota State University, Moorhead)
Asian Adoptee Art and Press Coverage as Critical Intervention

Pacific Exchanges: Re-Orienting Transnational Routes of
Southeast Asian Privation and Pleasure (James)
Chair: Christine Kim (Simon Fraser University)
Presenters:
Vinh Nguyen (McMaster University) - Pleasure Objects:

Souvankham Thammavongasa’s Found
Donald Goellnicht (McMaster University) - Lawrence Chua’s

Gold by the Inch and Queer Economics of Desire
Y-Dang Troeung (City University of Hong Kong) - The Khmer

Rouge’s Year Zero and Childhood Return in Rithy Panh’s The

Missing Picture

Thursday

Education and the Politics of Race (Hinman)
Chair: Ed Curammeng (University of California, Los Angeles)
Presenters:

Joy Ellen Block (University of Wisconsin–Madison) - Education

and the Politics of Race
Susan Thomas (American University) - Race, Class, and

Educational Migration among South Asian Diasporas
Xiangyan Liu (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Placing Education in Diaspora: Transmigrant Educational

Experience of Contemporary 1.5-Generation Chinese Youth

from an American Public High School

S33

S36

Wednesday

A Roundtable Discussion of Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia
in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media (Evans)
Chair: David Roh (Old Dominion University)

Roundtable Panelists:
Jane Park (University of Sydney)
Jinny Huh (University of Vermont)
Haerin Shin (Vanderbilt University)

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AAAAS MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE PANEL:
AT THE HELM: Directing/Chairing Asian American Studies
(Cummings)

Moderator: Janelle S. Wong (University of Maryland)
Presenters:

Kent A. Ono (University of Utah)
Cathy Schlund-Vials (University of Connecticut)
Josephine Lee (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

S41

Geographic Difference(s) and the Spatialities of Everyday Life
(Mulford)
Chair: Josen Diaz (University of San Diego)
Presenters:
Davorn Sisavath (University California, San Diego) Proximities of Power: Domesticating U.S. Military Waste in Laos
Lisa Ho (University California, San Diego) - Black Power in the

Hermit Kingdom: Re-imagining North Korea through the

Archive

Evyn Lê Espiritu (University California, Berkeley) - Producing

“Vietnamese Community” in Oakland: Space, Place, and the

Politics of Visibility
Ma Vang (University California, Merced) - Finding Justice: The

Geographies of Storytelling

S44

Militarized Subjects on the Edge of Empire (Evans)
Chair: Vernadette Gonzalez (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Presenters:
Naoko Shibusawa (Brown University) - Treason, Liminality,

and Japanese/Americans
Kim Compoc (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) - Blowing the

Whistle on Empire?: Rereading the 2004 ‘Taguba Report’ on

the Abu Ghraib Prison Torture Scandal

Yu Jung Lee (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa) - Imperial

Entertainers: Korean Female Entertainers’ Twentieth Century

Transnational Performance under U.S. Hegemony, 1950s-70s

Saturday

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Friday

Exclusion, Incorporation, and Return: On Asian American forms
of Citizenship (Bonbright)

Chair: Ji-Yeon Yuh (Northwestern University)
Presenters:
Christine So (Georgetown University) - “Outside the Zone on

the Negative Side”: Multiplying Binaries and the Elusiveness of

Difference in Takao Ozawa v. United States
Prema Kurien (Syracuse University) - The Incorporation of

South Asian Minorities in Canada and the United States
Stephen Suh (University of Minnesota) - Assimilation and its

Discontents: Korean American Diasporic Return and its

Implications on US Race Relations Theories
Dana Nakano (California State University, Stanislaus)
Consider Citizenship: Toward a Conceptual Consolidation and

the Case of Later Generation Japanese Americans

Globalization, Media, and the Trans/national Imaginary
(Northshore)
Presenters:
Fan Yang (University of Maryland Baltimore County) - From

Techno-Orientalism to Fiscal-Orientalism: China as the ‘Future’

in Contemporary American Media
Cecilia Uy-Tioco (California State University San Marcos)
Filipino and Transnational: Social Media Responses to

Typhoon Haiyan

Young A Jung (George Mason University) - Seeking Cyber

Asylum in the Transnational: South Korean Social Media Users

in the Aftermath of the Sewol Shipwreck
Ryuta Komaki (Washington University in St. Louis)
Uncertainty of Transnational Belonging: History, Media, Global

Economy and the Diasporic Identity of Japanese-Brazilian

“Return” Migrants

Thursday

3:00pm-4:30pm

S42

Wednesday

New Spaces in Vietnamese American Literary and Cultural
Studies (Heritage)
Presenters:

erin Khue Ninh (University of California, Santa Barbara)
The Good Refugees’ Kids: Stories of Vietnamese Culture Night

Timothy K. August (Stony Brook University) - Fixing the Future:

Defining Vietnamese American Space
Nina Ha (Bunker Hill Community College) - Journey to the Past

to Write the Future
Michele Janette (Kansas State University) - A Queer ‘Personal

Equation?: Non-normative Investments, Eccentric Modes of

Being, and Queer Circuits of Desire in Lily Hoang’s Parabola

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Bridging the Gap: A Conversation between Chicago-based Filipino
Activists and Filipino Scholars (Haven)
Chair: Joy Sales (Northwestern University)
Presenters:
Constancio Arnaldo (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Jonathan Magat (Northwestern University)

S47

Transnational Korea: Partition, Emigration, and Human Rights
(Michigan)
Chair: Hee-Jung Joo (University of Manitoba)
Presenters:

Hyo Kyung Woo (University of Pittsburg) - Creating an

“Oriental Yankee”: Kang Younghil’s East Goes West and the

Role of the “Chinaman”
Juyeon Son (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh) - The Effects of

ethnic Replenishment on Korean Immigrant Incorporation
Koonyong Kim (University of San Diego) - The Transnational

and Posthuman Imaginary in Young-hae Chang Heavy

Industries’ Digital Literature

June Hee Kwon (University of Pittsburg) - Imagined

Knowledge: North Korean Autobiographies and Production of

Knowledge on North Korea

4:45pm-5:45pm

General Membership Meeting
(Hinman Theatre)

Awards Reception
(Ballroom)

Saturday

6:00pm-7:30pm

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Friday

Contemporary Art History and Queer Transnational Flânerie
(James)
Chair: Mariam Lam (University of California, Riverside)
Presenters:
Natasha Bissonauth (Cornell University) - Queer Transnational

Flânerie in Sunil Gupta’s Sun City (2010)
Alpesh Patel (Florida International University) - Queer Desi

Flânerie: My Manchester, England, 2005 and 2015

Jane Chin Davidson (California State University, San

Bernardino) - Nadja in Asian American Studies

Cold War Asian America: Trans-Pacific Cultural Systems (Holgate)
Chair: Madeline Y. Hsu (University of Texas, Austin)
Presenters:

Daniel Y. Kim (Brown University) - Militarism, Neo-Liberalism

and Technologies of Nationalism in Memorializations of the

Korean War: The National Museum of American History and

the War Memorial of Korea

Richard Jean So (University of Chicago) - Communication and

Creativity in the Pacific World: Paul Engle, Nie Hauling, and the

Globalization of the MFA
Tara Fickle (University of Oregon)
“Friendship First Competition Second”: From American Politics

to Asian Play in the Cold War

Thursday

S48

Inhabiting Crisis, Emergent Habitats: Respatializing Geographies
of War and Empire in Asian/American Speculative Fictions
(Hinman)

Discussant: David Roh (Old Dominion University)
Presenters:
Pacharee Sudhinaraset (New York University) - Hope in

Dystopian Times: In the Heart of the Valley of Love and the

Limits of Cold War Racial Liberalism
Terry Park (Miami University) - Anatomizing the Asian/American

Body: Zebras, Cylons, and British Empire in Michael Joo’s

Untitled 2009 Show

Thea Quiray Tagle (University of California, San Diego)
Multos, Aswangs, and Empire: Decolonial Geographies in

Filipino Graphic Novels

Wednesday

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Index
Ali Abunimah...............................T47
Karín Aguilar-San Juan...............T35
Linda Pierce Allen.................T6, T61
Krupal Amin...................................T5
Crystal Anderson...........................T8
Gina Apostol................................T58
Ranjit Arab...................................F67
Maya Arcilla.................................F30
Constancio Arnaldo, Jr...... S24, S47
Anupama Arora.............................S5
Nadine Attewell...........................T42
Timothy K. August......................S39
Elise Auvil....................................S15
Eiichiro Azuma............................T14
Michelle Bac................................F42
Dan Bacalzo...........................T60, F2
Christine Bacareza Balance..T2, T36
Rupa Bagga-Raoulx....................S25
Crystal Baik.................................F37
Falu Bakrania.......................T44,S21
Vivek Bald......................F17, S5, S21
Rick Baldoz............................F7, F26
Payal Banerjee............................F17
Jiemin Bao..................................F45
Amy R. Barbour.............................S6
Ben Barson..................................F52
Raymond (Moy) Lee Bascal........S38
Aurora Bautista...........................F51
Jan Christian Bernabe................T70
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya.............T44
Clark Bilorusky............................F61
Natasha Bissonauth...................S47
Catherine Bliss............................F43
Joy Ellen Block...........................S33
Rick Bonus...........................F58, F61
Melissa Borja...............................T14
Leslie Bow............................T32, F41
Meghan Buckley............................T5
Long Bui......................................S12
Meghan Burns.............................F71

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Lisa Marie Cacho.....................F4, P4
Kathryn Cai.................................F39
Jody Cajudo................................S38
Marina Calendar..........................F55
Keith Camacho............................T65
Stephanie Camba.........................P1
Ana Candela................................T50
Jose Capino................................F56
Michele Carlson...........................T34
Janet Carlson..............................F31
Mitzi Uehara Carter.....................T21
Melisa Casumbal-Salazar ...........T65
John Paul Catungal....................F10
Joshua Chambers-Letson..T23, F15, F40
Jason Chan.................................F18
Kenneth Chan.............................T40
John Chan...................................S38
Kim Chanbonpin.........................T63
Kapua Chandler..........................F18
Stewart Chang.....................T49, F69
Elaine Chang.................................T9
Stephanie Chang..........................S4
Kimberly Chang..........................F41
Robert Chang..............................T63
Jason Chang...............................F36
Yoonmee Chang..................T10, T37
Matthew Chase.............................T8
Vinita Chaudry.............................T26
Cathy Linh Che............................T68
Tina Chen.............................T48, F24
Edith Wen-Chu Chen...................T39
Thomas Chen..............................T38
Carolyn Chen...............................F27
Wendy Cheng......................T46, F70
Cindy I-Fen Cheng......................T32
John Cheng.................................T45
Ashley Cheri................................S38
Floyd Cheung..............................F41
Vichet Chhuon............................F49
Vivian Chin....................................S3

Curtis Chin...................................F62
Gabriel Chin..................................F7
Jane Chin Davidson....................S47
Monica Chiu...............................S20
Yu-Fang Cho................................T27
Grace Cho....................................S25
Sylvia Chong........................T37, S10
Catherine Choy............................T38
Patricia Chu.................................F56
Kristina Chua..............................S38
Angie Chung..........................P4, F72
Ga Young Chung.........................F27
Eun-Gwi Chung..............................T7
Kelly Chung.................................F15
Ruth Chung.................................F27
Genevieve Clutario........................T4
Kim Compoc...............................S44
Steven Hanyun Cong....................S4
Elena Tajima Creef......................F41
Denise Cruz...................................T4
Edward R. Curammeng.......F66, S33
Thuy Vo Dang........................F5, S26
Colleen Daniher...........................T42
Loan Dao.....................................S18
Monisha Das Gupta.......................P4
Rocio G. Davis.............................S20
Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis...F11, S10
Shilpa Davé..........................T19, S31
Iyoko Day.....................................F41
Steven De Castro.........................F55
Jean-Paul deGuzman.................F45
Reuben Deleon...........................F61
Sharon Delmendo.......................T58
Jigna Desai..................T10, F29, F73
Pawan Dhingra....................F70, S24
Josen Diaz.............................S43, S7
Robert Diaz.................................F10
Robert Diaz Jr................................T4
Grant Din.......................................T1
Yuan Ding......................................S1
Phong Doan................................F42
Lan Dong.....................F31, F59, S30
Kira Donnell.................................T20

Patti Duncan........................T27, S25
Dawn Durante.............................F67
Eduardo Díaz...............................F11
Naomi Edwards..........................F12
J. Daniel Elam...............................S5
Rachel Endo................................F31
Chris Eng...............................F73, S9
Brett Esaki...................................S14
Maria Paz G. Esguerra.................T57
Yen Le Espiritu......................P2, S18
Evyn Lê Espiritu..........................S43
Augusto Espiritu..................T57, F65
Maya Espiritu..............................S12
Kale Fajardo.........................T52, F65
Laila Fara.....................................T53
Kevin Fellezs...............................F55
Peter X Feng.................................T19
Gregory Fenton.............................T9
Cielito (Thea) Fernandez............S38
Albert Ferranco...........................F42
Tara Fickle...................................S48
Camilla Fojas...............................F24
Kelly Fong....................................F56
Seanan Fong...............................S37
Bradley Freeman........................S16
Laura Sachiko Fugikawa............F37
Lynn Fujiwara..............................T51
Annie Isabel Fukushima..............T59
Kip Fulbeck....................................T6
Catherine Fung............................T22
Amy Gandhi.................................T11
Lisa Gaskill..................................S22
Richard Gessert..........................S12
Donald Goellnicht...............F39, S36
Tao Leigh Goffe...........................T50
Randy Gonzales.............................T6
Vernadette Gonzalez...........F68, S44
Anna Gonzalez............................S29
Theodore Gonzalves...........T35, F65
Neil Gotanda...............................T63
Nozomi Goto...............................T38
Jordan Guevarra.........................F53
Anna Guevarra......................T47, P5

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Tom Guglielmo............................F26
Weihsin Gui.................................F54
Ramona Gupta.............................P1
Himanee Gupta-Carlson.............T39
Kevin Ongkingco Guzman............T3
Nina Ha........................F51, S15, S39
Karen Hanna...............................T55
Lawrence Hashima.....................T67
Thomas J. Hashimoto Martin.....F69
Tomo Hattori.......................F53, S19
Mana Hayakawa.........................F57
Taraneh Hemami........................T34
Xavier Hernandez.......................F66
Shawn Higgins..............................F6
Stephanie Hinnershitz................T14
Ai Binh Ho....................................T35
Lisa Ho.........................................S43
Jennifer Ho..................................F73
Michael Ho..................................S12
Tamara Ho...........................T39, F64
Kimberly Hoang....................F9, S23
Delia Hom...................................F66
Caroline Kyungah Hong..............T19
Jeanelle Hope.............................T61
Aaron Hopes................................T30
Lynne Horiuchi............................F74
Ismail Hossain............................S19
Jane Hseu...................................F64
Madeline Hsu........................S3, S48
Stephanie Hsu............................S30
Juliana Hu Pegues................T51, F4
Betsy Huang........................T32, F73
Michelle N. Huang.......................T48
Emily Hue..............................F68, S9
Tim Hugh.....................................F23
Roxanne Hughes.........................F33
Jang Wook Huh..........................S23
Jinny Huh....................................S32
Kaela Hum...................................F30
Eric Hung.....................................F71
Kenneth Huynh.............................T9
Florante Ibanez...................T31, S26
Ariko S. Ikehara...........................T21

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Allan Isaac...........................T58, F74
Douglas Ishii........................T19, S31
Michael Ishimoto........................F43
Lynn Itagaki.................................T27
Ramya Janandharan..................F37
Michele Janette..........................S39
Anne Jansen..................................T5
Asha Jeffers...................................T9
Joseph Jongyuhn Jeon.......T54, F46
Areum Jeong...............................F20
Mark Jerng...........................T17, F47
Russel M. Jeung..........................S37
Victor Jew....................F31, F34, F63
Anne Won Hee Joh................T13, S6
Samantha Jones.........................F42
Hee-Jung Joo..............................S49
Frank Joyce.................................T35
Young A Jung..............................S42
Ann Kalayil..................................T11
Puni Kalra....................................T68
Meryem Kamil.....................F13, S13
Ronak Kapadia............................T53
John Tofik Karam........................T53
Faith Kares..................................F61
Majida Kargbo.............................T33
Dinidu Karunanayake...................F6
Maryam Kashani.........................T53
Rajender Kaur...............................S5
Sandeep Kaur.............................S19
Mika Kennedy.............................S13
Tounhia Khang............................F21
Jamil Khoury...............................F35
Kareem Khubchandani..............S27
Mimi Khuc..............................T68, S6
Chrisna Khuon............................F49
Jinwon Kim.................................F72
Daniel Y. Kim................F44, F69, S48
Ju Yon Kim..................................F20
Seonna Kim.................................S22
Ruby Kim.....................................F29
Soo Mee Kim...............................F45
Soh Yeun Kim..............................S30
Joo Ok Kim....................................S7

Na-Rae Kim..................................T43
David Kyuman Kim.....................T13
L.S. Kim........................................T19
Jinah Kim............................T27, S29
Koonyong Kim............................S49
Heidi Kim.....................................T37
Eun Joo Kim..................................T7
Eunsong Angela Kim...................S12
Michelle Har Kim.........................S17
Sophat Kim.................................S28
Alice Kim......................................T51
Christine Kim.......................F10, S36
Summer Kim Lee...........................T2
Laura Kina...................................T70
Jaclyn Knitter..............................F25
Corinne Kodama.........................F66
Annette Koh................................F38
Ryuta Komaki.............................S42
Chantala Kommanivahn..............P1
Delia Malia Konzett.....................F56
Jenny Ungba Korn.......................T8
Cathleen Kozen...........................S11
Robert Ji-Song Ku.........................T7
Karen Kuo....................................T45
Prema Kurien..............................S41
Jenny Kwak.................................F19
Yvonne Kwan.................................F5
Vincent Kwan..............................T18
Soo Ah Kwon...............................F72
Yaejoon Kwon..............................T20
Brenda Kwon...............................T59
June Hee Kwon...........................S49
John Labella.................................S1
Roderick Labrador..............F38, F65
Clement Lai.................................F42
Mariam Beevi Lam..............T70, S47
Lawrence Lan..............................T40
Winona Landis..............................F6
Stevie Larson...............................T25
Yvonne Lau..................................T11
Chrissy Lau..........................T45, T67
Vincent Laus................................F61
Quynh Nhu Le...............................F2

Tram Le.......................................S26
Viet Le.................................F40, F68
Long Le-Khac..............................F47
Ryan Leano...................................S2
Erika Lee......................................F26
Sue-Im Lee...................................T22
Hana Lee......................................T29
Hyun Joo Lee..............................S16
Sangmi Lee..................................F29
Hye Jin Lee..................................T32
Rachel C. Lee...............................F44
Wendy Lee...................................F54
Steven Lee...................................F47
Jonathan H.X. Lee.........T39, P2, S26
Ana Paulina Lee...................T50, F24
James Lee............................T10, T68
Yu Jung Lee.................................S44
Julia Lee......................................F54
Edward Hunter Lee.....................T59
Heather Lee.................................T14
Jerry Won Lee................................T7
Rachel Lee...................................F39
Shelley Lee...........................T49, F45
Grace Lee.............................T56, F63
Josephine Lee.............T60, F20, S40
A. Yumi Lee....................................S9
Joo Young Lee.....................F19, S13
Tou SaiKo Lee................................F4
Joong-Jae Lee.............................T41
Seok-Won Lee.............................F14
Na Youn Lee................................F17
Su Mee Lee..................................S22
Maja Lee Langvad.......................S34
Anne-Marie Lee-Loy....................T50
Benny LeMaster...........................F57
Andrew Way Leong.............F46, S21
Karen J. Leong..................F4, S8, P5
Genevieve Leung.........................F25
Beth Lew-Wiliams.......................F50
Melody Yunzi Li.............................S3
Gang Li........................................F60
Ursula Liang........................F23, F48
Earl Yin-Wei Liao.........................S15

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Tat-Siong Benny Liew...................S6
Julian Lim...................................F50
Huping Ling.................................F34
R. Zamora Linmark.....................T58
Jana Lipman...............................S18
Sissy Liu.......................................F71
Warren Liu...................................F46
Xiangyan Liu................................S33
Alice Liu.......................................S37
Aline Lo........................................F68
Jordan Loey...................................T1
Yen Loh........................................F12
Maria Eugenia Lopez..................S23
Kathy Lopez.................................T50
Lori Lopez..............................T8, S14
Maichou Lor.................................F21
Andrea Louie.......................F31, F60
Olivia Louie.................................T54
Joyce Lu..............................F41, S15
Sharon Luk..................................T62
Kevin Luong................................F30
Dawn Mabalon....................T36, S26
Julie Mac.....................................S38
Margo Machida...........................F36
Daryl Maeda........................T36, S16
Jonathan Magat.........................S46
Dale Arvy Maglalang.............T1, T18
Rei Magosaki...............................T22
Sharmili Majmudar.....................T51
Surbhi Malik..................................S7
Martin Manalansan.................F3, F8
Bakirathi Mani.............................T44
Anita Mannur.................T44, F8, F25
Margarita Mansalay.....................T18
Lester Manzano...........................F66
Dina Maramba.............................F66
Cynthia Marasigan......................T57
Kent Marume..............................S38
Gina Masequesmay.....................F42
Kimberly McKee............T5, T25, S31
Calvin Mcmillin...........................F69
Sean McPherson.........................F74
Victor Roman Mendoza.......T52, F43

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Sean Metzger...............................T60
Leah Milne...................................F25
Sangay Mishra...............................S3
Radha Modi.................................F17
Terese Guinsatao Monberg........F17
Stephanie Moore........................S11
Richard Morrison..........................F8
Daya Mortel...................................S2
Hiroshi Motomura.................T49, P4
Anders Riel Muller.......................F25
Meenasarani Murugan................S27
Lorenzo Mutia.............................F42
Kit Myers................................S7, S34
Lene Myong.................................S34
Eunha Na.....................................T43
Tadashi Nakamura......................F23
Dana Nakano......................S14, S41
Syed Kaazim Naqvi.....................T55
Theresa Navarro..................F23, F48
William Nessly.............................T41
Konrad Ng...................................F11
Crystal Ngo..................................F37
Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen.......T16, F18
Tu-Uyen Nguyen.................F60, S38
Marguerite Nguyen.....................T22
Alina Nguyen...............................F42
Tien Nguyen................................S38
Mike Hoa Nguyen................T16, F18
Dennis Nguyen............................T18
Bich Nguyen................................F63
Thao P. Nguyen..........................F57
Vinh Nguyen................................S36
erin Khue Ninh............T22, T68, S39
LeiLani Nishime.............T8, T42, F56
Diane Sabenacio Nititham...........F5
Eliza Noh..............................T46, T68
Anthony C. Ocampo............F67, S28
Franklin Odo........................F33, S35
Stella Oh......................................F64
Desun Oka.....................................T3
Gary Okihiro........................T54, F22
Yuichiro Onishi....................T21, F71
Kent Ono.............................S29, S40

Fatima Orcino..............................T18
Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt......F16
Aanchal Padyal...........................S19
Gary Pak..............................T59, F67
David Palumbo-Liu...............F8, F47
Arnold Pan...........................T65, F24
Gregory Pancho...........................T18
Sameer Pandya...................T13, T44
Crystal Parikh......................T10, F44
Sungchoon Park.........................F27
Kevin Park...................................F30
Linda Park...................................F21
Jane Park.............................T32, S32
Josephine Park...................F24, F46
Jung-Sung Park..........................F59
John S.W. Park............................T63
Terry Park....................T34, F23, S45
Jerry Park....................................F27
Kim Park Nelson.........................S34
Rhacel Parrenas..........................T18
Karl Pascasio...............................F42
Alpesh Patel................................S47
R. Varisa Patrapon.......................T46
Christopher Patterson..................S2
Anna Pegler-Gordon...................T62
Earl Perez-Foust..........................T69
J.Lorenzo Perillo...........................S2
Lily Pham....................................F42
Mary Pham..................................F42
Linda Marie Pheng......................F49
Rita Phetmixay..............................S4
Malaphone Phommasa..............F49
Melissa Phruksachart.................T19
Eric Pido................................T3, T69
JoAnna Poblete...........................F65
Joseph Martin Ponce..........T52, F12
Oi Yan Poon.................................F40
Melissa Poulsen...........................T48
Elliott Powell...............................F71
Lorenzo Alexander Puente.........F72
Kent Quaney..................................T6
Thea Quiray Tagle.......................S45
Terumi Rafferty-Osaki................F14

Junaid Rana..........................T53, P5
Christian Ravela..........................T61
Viveka Ray-Mazumder..................P1
Emily Raymundo.........................T17
Sujani Reddy.........................T61, S5
Mark Redondo Villegas.................T2
Eileen Regullano.........................F32
Jeanette Roan.....................F59, S20
Greg Robinson.......................T60, S8
Mina Roces....................................T4
Siwaraya Rochanahusdin...........F16
Robyn Rodriguez.....T63, F7, F40, P4
Cinthya Rodriguez......................S29
David Roh............................S45, S32
Curtiss Takada Rooks.................F14
John Rosa...................................F38
Shireen Roshanravan..................T51
Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez.............T15
Sharmila Rudrappa................F9, P5
Alex Ruiz........................................T3
Pia Sahni.....................................T33
Joy Sales..............................T55, S46
Tiffany Salter.................................T5
Ray San Diego..............F15, T36, F40
Jeffrey Santa Ana........................T58
Thomas Sarmiento.............F31, S31
Christen Sasaki T
1
Cathy Schlund-Vials......T10, P2, S40
Shalini Shankar.....................T36, F1
Nitasha Sharma...........T26, T42, S29
Naoko Shibusawa...............T38, S44
Magid Shihade............................T47
Karen Shimakawa.......................T60
Grace Shimizu.............................S11
Ian Shin........................................T14
Haerin Shin.................................S32
Jeannie Shinozuka.......................F3
Mejdulene Shomali.....................T33
Chad Shomura............................T17
Rosanne Sia................................S15
Davorn Sisavath..................F68, S43
Jane Skaife....................................F2
Christine So.................................S41

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Valerie Soe...................................T34
Elizabeth Son........................F20, S9
Juyeon Son.................................S49
Min Hyoung Song..................F44, P5
Daniel Soodjinda........................S28
Pahole Sookkasikon...........F16, F68
Swathi Sreerangarajan...............F29
Rajini Srikanth.....................T47, F44
Ragini Srinivasan........................F33
Anna Kazumi Stahl.....................S17
Katherine Steelman....................T17
Harrod J. Suarez.........................T70
Anantha Sudhakar........................T1
Pacharee Sudhinaraset..............S45
Amy Sueyoshi..............................F57
Stephen Suh...............................S41
Sharon A. Suh..............................T13
Chris Suh.....................................F24
Leland Tabares............................F72
Takaragawa.................................F32
Shinpei Takeda...........................F36
Tina Takemoto............................F28
Edward Tang...............................T62
Shirley Tang................................F51
Amy Tang.....................................T23
Eric Tang..............................F70, F73
Joy Taylor......................................F1
Susan Thananopavarn...............F36
Paul Thang..................................F42
Stanley Thangaraj.................F1, S24
Kanjana Thepboriruk.................F16
Pamela Thoma...........................S25
Susan Thomas............................S33
Wendy Thompson Taiwo............T64
Calvin Timmons..........................T62
Antonio Tiongson.......................F58
Wing-kai To..................................F74
Donna Tong.................................F64
Kassandra Tong..........................S38
Gregory Toy.................................F39
Frances Tran................................S23
Sharon Tran................................F59

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Jennifer Tran.................................S8
Sharon Tran................................F39
Tony Tran......................................F5
Y-Dang Troeung..........................S36
Vivian Truong..............................F19
Justin K.H. Tse............................S37
Elda Tsou.....................................T54
Cecilia Tsu.....................................F3
Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda.........S3, S14
Thuy Linh Tu........................F37, F68
Eleanor Ty...................................S20
Mitzi Uehara Carter.....................T64
Wesley Ueunten..........T27, S11, S14
Ji-Young Um................................T67
Phitsamay Uy........................P2, F49
Cecilia Uy-Tioco..........................S42
Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde.........F2
Chia Y. Vang...........................S24, P2
Ma Vang...............................T51, S43
Linta Varghese.............................T67
Chris Vials......................................F8
Myla Vicenti Carpio.......................F4
Leighton Kenji Vila........................T8
Karen Marie Villa...........................T8
Anthony Villanueva....................S38
Rose Cuison Villazor............T49, T63
Carl ‘Gio’ Viray.............................F42
Kamala Visweswaran..................T47
Sam Vong....................................S18
Roy Vu..........................................T69
Naoko Wake................................F14
Sarah D. Wald........................T48, F3
Sean Wang...................................T28
Oliver Wang...................................F1
Grace Wang...................................T2
Mia Warren..................................S17
Myra Washington........................T64
Lily Anne Y. Welty Tamai.............T20
Jenny Wills..................................F47
Adrienne Winans.........................F50
Tessa Winkelmann......................T57
Jenifer Wofford...........................T34
K. Scott Wong..............................F44

Danielle Wong.............................S16
Janelle Wong...............F11, F62, S40
Francis Wong.................................T3
Hyo Kyung Woo...........................S49
Daniel Woo..................................F22
Nicolyn Woodcock........................F6
Laura Wright................................T48
Ming-Hsuan Wu...........................F49
Judy Wu.......................T38, T55, F70
Audrey Wu Clark.........................F12
Hui Xie.........................................F29
Yang Sao Xiong............................F63
Phia Xiong...................................F21
Aki Yamada..........................F59, S14
Wendi Yamashita........................F22
Jeffrey T. Yamashita............F22, S14
Karen Tei Yamashita...................S17
Fan Yang......................................S42
Caroline Yang...............................T54
Steven Yao...................................T22
Grace J. Yoo...........................T1, T39
David K. Yoo................................F67
Bomi Yoon...................................T43
Sunhay You.................................S13
Odette Yousef...............................P1
Sara Yousuf.................................S19
Rosa Ysela Conrad.........................T8
Timothy Yu...........................T23, F63
Ji-Yeon Yuh..................T20, T38, S41
Lisa Yun-Tent.......................T50, T62
James Zarsadiaz.........................F26
Jennifer Zelnick..........................T24
Pingfan Zhang.............................S30
Zhenxing Zhu..............................S16
Ying Zhu........................................F2
Emily Yu Zong.............................S23

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