Transnational Frames: Rearticulating Asian American Knowledges
Friday May 7, 2 - 3:30pm

For this program, Jane H. Hong (Associate Professor, History, Occidental College), Susie Woo (Associate Professor, American Studies, California State University, Fullerton), and Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony (Associate Professor, UCI) will discuss their recently published books to explore various contexts of Asian American transnational migration. Drawing on research from the US, India, and the Philippines, Jane Hong’s book tracks a transpacific movement of Asians, Asian Americans, and others who leveraged U.S. imperial projects in Asia to dismantle America's Asian exclusion regime in the context of global movements for anticolonial independence and Black freedom. Susie Woo moves this discussion to focus on how imperial intimacies recast representations of Korean women and children during the Korean War and its aftermath, illuminating the effects of US militarization upon Koreans on both sides of the Pacific. Dorothy Fujita-Rony will address the meanings of family stories and artifacts within a gendered and interimperial context, demonstrating how these knowledges can produce alternate cartographies of memory and belonging within the Indonesian diaspora. Valerie J. Matsumoto (Professor, History /Asian American Studies, UCLA, and George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community) will provide commentary.


Sponsored by the Department of Asian American Studies

Co-sponsors: Department of Art History, Department of East Asian Studies, Department of English, UCI Humanities Center, UCI Center for Critical Korean Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of History, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Global Studies

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