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

May 29-30, 2009

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

This symposium is being sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and the Institute for Liberal Arts 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.  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.


All Events will be held at Connolly House



3:00 to 3:15        Opening Remarks by Min Hyoung Song

3:30 to 5:00        Publishers’ Roundtable
                          Leslie Mitchner, Rutgers University Press
                          Emily Taber, Temple University Press
                          Ken Wissoker, Duke University Press
                          Eric Zinner, New York University Press
                          moderator: Josephine Park, University of Pennsylvania

5:00 to 5:30        Break (coffee and snacks)

5:30 to 7:00        “Feeling Our Way Through the Crises: Embodied Belongings and Asian American Studies” 
                          Keynote Address by Martin Manalansan, UIUC
                          introduction: Crystal Parikh, New York University


8:30 to 9:00        Continental Breakfast (on campus)

9:00 to 11:00      Panel 1.  Form and Affect

                          “Forming Family, Aestheticizing Kin in Contemporary Asian American Fiction”
                          Crystal Parikh, New York University

                          “Petting Asian America”
                          James Kim, Fordham University

                          “Affect, History, and the Subject of Asian American Literature”
                          Susan Muchshima Moynihan, SUNY at Buffalo

                          “Reading Form in Okada's No-No Boy
                          Elda Tsou, St. John’s University

                          chair: Shilpa Davé, Brandeis University
                          respondent: Daniel Kim, Brown University

11:00 to 11:30     Coffee Break

11:30 to 1:00       Panel 2.  Recovering the Past

                          “Making Friends, Missing Enemies”
                          Josephine Park, University of Pennsylvania

                          “Inter-Colonial Migrations and U.S. Imperial Sovereignty in Hawai'i”
                          Jean J. Kim, Dartmouth

                          “Opium, Colonialism, and Migration in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies
                          Anupama Arora, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth University

                          “Reconstruction’s Labor”
                          Caroline Yang, Wesleyan University

                          chair: Richard Chu, UMass-Amherst
                          respondent: Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University

1:00 to 2:00        Lunch (on campus)

2:00 to 3:30        Panel 3.  Racial Epistemologies

                          “All in the Family? Kin, Gifts, and the Networks of Fashion”
                          Thuy Linh Tu, New York University

                          “The Anxiety of Neoliberal Capital: Asian Migrants and the Global City in Recent Hollywood Film”
                          Jeffrey Santa Ana, SUNY-Stony Brook

                          “Laural Nakadate—Photographer of Loneliness”
                          Jun Okada, SUNY-Geneseo

                          chair: Cynthia Wu, SUNY at Buffalo
                          respondent: Jiannbin Shiao, Dartmouth

4:00 to 5:30        Concluding Roundtable –
                          David Kyuman Kim, Connecticut College
                          Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California
                          Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts-Boston
                          Jinhua Emma Teng, MIT
                          moderator: Min Hyoung Song

Directions to Connolly House

Participants from outside Boston will be staying at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Brookline

Please contact Professor Min Song with questions at