IAS faculty on “Solidarity and Resistance: Toward Asian American Commitment to Fierce Alliances”

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Based on the theme, “Solidarity and Resistance: Toward Asian American Commitment to Fierce Alliances,” five IAS faculty members attended and participated in the 38th annual conference of the Association for Asian American Studies in San Francisco, CA from March 29 to 31, 2018. Inspired by historical and current activism in and beyond the Bay Area, this conference addressed social justice-related issues within and between Asian Americans and other communities.

Brian Chung organized and chaired a panel on "Asian American Hip-Hop Musical Autobiographies," centered on a forthcoming special cluster issue of the same title that Chung and Prof. Roderick Labrador of University of Hawaii’ Mānoa are co-editing for Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly.

Kevin Kim organized and commented at a roundtable, titled, “U.S.-China Relations as Asian-American Relations: A Discussion on Gordon Chang’s Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China.” Against models tending to frame historical and contemporary Asian American politics within domestic spaces of citizenship and civil rights, Kim discussed several cases of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean American activism challenging such conventional geographies in light of Fateful Ties.

Scott Kurashige spoke about his collaborative scholarship with iconic activist Grace Lee Boggs on a Roundtable, entitled “Radical Biographies in Asian American Studies.”

Thea Quiray Tagle presented a psychogeography of martial law in Manila and Davao City for a panel titled "Afterlives of Martial Law," featuring other Filipino and Filipino American poets, scholars, and activists. In addition, Quiray Tagle was a discussant for a panel sponsored by the Southeast Asian Studies Caucus.

Finally, Lee Ann Wang participated in an important roundtable entitled “Settler Colonial Studies, Asian Diaspora Questions.”