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Acts of Elaboration: A Symposium on Asian-American Studies in the Northeast

May 29-30, 2009 @ Connolly House, Boston College

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This symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts and the Asian American Studies Program at Boston College to highlight new research by junior Asian American Studies scholars working in the Northeast, and to provide a forum for intellectual exchange with more senior scholars. It also seeks to showcase how the field of Asian American Studies as it takes greater root in the Northeast is developing beyond a state of emergence toward an extended period of elaboration, as advances in thought build on already established insights. To reach these goals, the symposium will be primarily organized as a series of panels where junior faculty will present their work and where a senior faculty member will provide a response.

The symposium will begin with a publishers' roundtable, with editors from Duke University Press, New York University Press, Rutgers University Press, and Temple University Press, followed by a keynote address by anthropologist Martin Manalansan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). It will conclude with a second roundtable, where senior faculty members who have attended all of the panels will share what thoughts they might have about the state of the field in the Northeast.

The symposium is part of an annual series of events started at Dartmouth and continued at Fordham last year designed to provide support for junior Asian Americanists working in the Northeast and, in the process, to contribute to the growth of a community of scholars in the region who are interested in Asian-American Studies.


As members of the greater Boston College community, we welcome you to participate in our shared goal of promoting the welfare and advancement of Asian/Pacific Islander (API) employees at this institution. Together we support one another through meetings and sponsorship of events that enhance our work environment, as well as educate others about the incredible richness and diversity of API cultures.

Whether you have been here at BC for decades or for months, we invite you to be a part of the APIE family. We hope to see you soon!

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past events

New window will openAPIE 2008 Events: Ming Tsai, April 15, 2008; Family Fun Day at Arsenal Park, June 1, 2008

New window will open APIE Inaugural Event: "Asian Americans in Public Service," April 6, 2006


Dr. Gary Okihiro

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Dr. Gary Okihiro gave the keynote speech during the opening ceremonies of Boston College's Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, 2006. Dr. Okihiro is the director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and a past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.