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Imagining Asia in the Era of Trump
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

Living in the “Asian Century,” when different nationalisms and racial paradigms collide with discourses about rising Asia, the idea of Asia looms large in the U.S. cultural and political imagination. In this current moment of international uncertainty, retrenchment of rights, and growing anti-globalist sentiments, how can transnational, postcolonial, and Asian American critique on matters of citizenship, immigration, capitalism, empire, and migration help situate our understandings of the present? How might we look to artists and writers, activists and cultural producers for new possibilities, politics, and resistance? What temporal and spatial mappings of Asia, U.S.-China relations, diaspora, and transpacific connection are produced in everyday practices? And what are the geopolitical and cultural implications of these new imaginings?

This conference will bring together scholars from the U.S. and Asia to reflect on the changing meanings of Asia and Asianness in the era of Trump. Participants will be asked to explore how discourses of the rise of Asia is rendered in the U.S. imagination, the circulation of ideas about Chineseness or Asianness within changing global relationships, and/or the positioning of Asian Americans within transnational flows and markets.

Small, intimate, and with the goal of producing an edited volume or special journal issue, the conference will function more as a colloquium. Papers will be pre-circulated, with presenters briefly summarizing their work at the conference, and each paper will be the subject of an individual session. The sessions will be held over two days, with opportunities to socialize and experience the cultural richness and vibrancy of Hong Kong.

Session 1Day 1
22/05/2017 09:15-18:30
at CRT-4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial
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9:30 - 9:55 Opening Remarks Darragh Paradiso, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate (pending) Derek Collins, Dean, Faculty of Arts (pending) Kendall Johnson, Head, School of Modern Languages and Cultures 10:00 - 10:45 Ackbar Abbas (UC Irvine) “The False, the Fake, and the Posthumous: Theory and Culture in Asia” 11:00 - 11:45 Chris Patterson (Hong Kong Baptist University) “Transpacific Studies and the Post-Democratic Era” 11:45 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 1:45 King-Kok Cheung (UCLA) “Transpacific Chinese American Literatures” 2:00 - 2:45 Susette Min (UC Davis) “Foreshadowing the Era of Trump in Select Works and Trends of Contemporary Asian/American Art” 3:00 - 3:45 Thuy Linh Tu (New York University) “A Laboratory of Skin: Medicine, Militarism, and U.S. Race-Making in the Mekong Delta” 4:00 - 4:45 Joseph Jeon (Pomona College) “Love in the Time of TRIPS: Toward an Asian/American Political Economy in Transnational Korean Cinema” 5:00 - 5:45 Valerie Soe (San Francisco State University) “A Tale of Two Blockbusters: Asian Representations in The Great Wall and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Session 2Day 2
23/05/2017 09:00-17:15
at CRT-4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial
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9:00 - 9:45 erin Khuê Ninh (UC Santa Barbara) “Refugees and Other Impossibilities: Imagining Apocalypse” 10:00 - 10:45 Chris Fan (UC Riverside) “Chinese Clones and Postracial Zombies” 11:00 - 11:45 Kim Park Nelson (Minnesota State University at Moorhead) and Eleana Kim (UC Irvine) “Adoptee Deportee: Asian American Adoptees and Citizenship in the Time of Trump” 11:45 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 1:45 Leilani Nishime (University of Washington) “Birth Tourism and Citizenship as Property” 2:00 - 2:45 Jason Coe (The University of Hong Kong) “Remembering the Losers: Imagining Americanness in Asian American Cultural Memory” 3:00 - 3:45 Andrea Louie (Michigan State University) “Toy Len Goon, 1952 Mother of the Year: Asianness, Americanness and the Model Minority Myth” 4:00 - 4:45 Staci Ford (The University of Hong Kong) “MENmoirs: Stories of New Manhood in Rising China” 4:45 - 5:15 Closing Remarks and Discussion Grace Wang, Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies Tim Gruenewald, Director of American Studies Programme

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