CFPs for CAALS Panels at 2018 American Literature Association Meeting

The next American Literature Association Meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA, May 24–27, 2018. Below are CFPs for the five panels sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS), which will also hold its annual business meeting at the conference.

Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate on a panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

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CAALS CFP for AAAS 2018

Please consider submitting a proposal for the first CAALS-organized AAAS panel!

CFP for AAAS 2018

Panel Title: Re-imagining (the) Work in/of Literature
Chair: Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago

The resurgence of populism both in the US and abroad has been fueled by widespread skepticism regarding the capacity of free trade and economic globalization to generate meaningful employment for large numbers of workers. Such questions are not new, of course, but the current wave of political crises sweeping the globe have only intensified them. This panel seeks to return to fundamental questions about the nature of work, especially as it is represented in literature and other forms of cultural production. What kinds of activities are or are not recognized as work, or as socially productive or valuable? How is work conceptualized or rendered meaningful in cultural texts as opposed to other discourses of the economy? What roles do money and markets play in the (dis)organization of work, and how have people and communities sought to contest or advance those dynamics? We are especially interested in papers that explore the connections between literary and cultural production, and other forms of work. In particular, how do Asian American literary texts conceive or re/imagine work and its meanings in relation to, or in terms of, the work of art? What new possibilities do such imaginings open up for the organization of social life? This panel seeks to rethink how alternative or expanded conceptions of work might enable new kinds of political or cultural mobilizations in our contemporary moment of the destabilization and casualization of labor.

Please email your abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV (max. 500 words) to Mark Chiang at mchiang@uic.edu by Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

This panel is being organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS). For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

 

CAALS Schedule at ALA 2017

We’re excited to announce our events and activities at this year’s ALA! Please join us for these exciting panels/roundtables, as well as for the CAALS business meeting, where we’ll talk about the future of CAALS, at next year’s ALA and beyond!

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:30–11:50am, Essex North West, 3rd Floor
Session 2-E – Formal and Aesthetic Values in Asian American Literature
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Jinah Kim, California State University, Northridge

  1. “‘A western outpost of the Punjab’: Cartography and History in Bhira Backhaus’s Under the Lemon Tree,” Rajender Kaur, William Paterson University
  2. “The Immigration Narrative as Both Stabilizing and De-Stabilizing Force in Contemporary Asian American Poetry,” Christine Kitano, Ithaca College
  3. “From Stupor-Zeroes to Superheroes: Deconstructing Asian American Aesthetics through Secret Identities,” Katie Quan, San Francisco State University


Friday, May 26, 2017, 12:40–2:00pm, Essex North East, 3rd Floor
Session 10-G – Transnationalism from Below in Asian/American Literature
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago

  1. “Neoliberal Debt and Emotional Capital: Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” Meghan Buckley, Stony Brook University
  2. “Watery Graves and the Unruly Pacific,” Jinah Kim, California State University, Northridge
  3. “History and Asymmetries of Language in Transnational Poetics,” Bonnie Wai Lee Kwong, Artist-in- Residence, Stanford University
  4. “The Transnational Family within Asian American Literature,” Sara Lee, Binghamton University


Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:10–3:30pm, Essex North East, 3rd Floor
Session 11-G – Asian American Literature and the Politics of the Popular
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York

  1. “(Un)Masking the Asian American Superhero,” Lan Dong, University of Illinois at Springfield
  2. “Against Political Invisibility: Rereading Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker,” Angela Yuanyuan Feng, Brown University
  3. “Is the Rectum a Superhero? Greg Pak’s Hulk and Asian American Masochism,” Takeo Rivera, University of California, Berkeley
  4. “Don’t Forget to ‘Like’ and Subscribe! YouTube’s Partner Program and Asian American Content Creators in the Digital Economy,” Leland Tabares, Pennsylvania State University, University Park


Friday, May 26, 2017, 3:40–5:00pm, Essex Center, 3rd Floor
Session 12-O – Business Meeting: Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)


Saturday, May 27, 2017,
5:10–6:30pm, Essex North Center, 3rd Floor
Session 20-F – Roundtable on Asian American Literary Studies in the Trump Era
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Christine Kitano, Ithaca College

  1. “Asian American Studies and Transformations of Academic Capital in the Current Global Conjuncture,” Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago
  2. “#Resist #NotNormal: Teaching Intersectionality and Critical Thinking Skills through Asian American Literature,” Jennifer Ho, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. “Laugh/Sob: Asian American Comedy in the Age of Trump,” Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York
  4. “Graduate Labor in the Age of Trump: Perspectives on Pedagogy and Course Planning from a Graduate Student Instructor,” Leland Tabares, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

CAALS CFPs for ALA 2017

This year’s American Literature Association conference is back in Boston. Below are the four 2017 CFPs for the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS). Please keep in mind that if your proposal is accepted, you will need to become a member of CAALS in order to present, in addition to joining ALA and registering for the conference.


1. CFP: Formal and Aesthetic Values in Asian American Literature

Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Christine Kitano, Ithaca College

In the introduction to Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing, Sue-Im Lee writes, “The prevailing strength of late twentieth century Asian American literary discourse, then, lies in arguing the constructed nature of human organizations—the complex ways in which power operates in the formation of particularly racialized subjects called ‘Asian American.’” She points to how the study of Asian American (and other minority) literature initially used race as a lens of analysis, then moved beyond race to “other social categorizations and institutions such as gender, class, sexuality, nation, capital, labor, and globalism.” While she sees the importance of such cultural and materialist examinations of literature, she claims there has not been enough balance in the way we treat such texts. While cultural and materialist examinations have been primary, considering texts as literary objects has been less of a priority.

However, at this time, it seems we can afford to prioritize readings of Asian American texts as works of literature, as objects of art. Lee writes, “Asian American literary criticism at large has been slow to extend the analysis of the examination of Asian American literary works as aesthetic objects—objects that are constructed by and through deliberate choices in form, genres, traditions, and conventions.” In other words, the features that fall under the study of aesthetics—formal and genre conventions, literary devices, figurative language—are as equally “constructed” as more material concerns (race, gender, class, etc.). A study of aesthetics, then, will necessarily be critical as well.

This panel invites papers that delve into the study of form and aesthetics in Asian American literature. How do we read Asian American literature through an aesthetic and/or formal lens? What should we pay attention to? Where do we find value? Studies of individual authors are welcome, as are more global studies of trends in Asian American literary aesthetics. Creative works with an accompanying critical analysis are also welcome.

Please e-mail a 250-300 word abstract to Christine Kitano at ckitano@ithaca.edu by January 25, 2017. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation. Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate on the panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to joining ALA and registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.


2. CFP: Transnationalism from Below in Asian/American Literature 

Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago

Questions of globalization or transnationalism have been central to discussions in Asian American literary and cultural studies for several decades yet they remain in a nascent stage. Transnationalism in literature is often identified with the external representational or referential dimensions of a text, i.e., in terms of the social or global relations, institutions, or political entities that are depicted or indexed in a text.

Beyond these apparent manifestations of transnationalism, though, where else might we detect its signs, reflections, or effects in the literary work? What, in other words, are the specifically literary dimensions of transnationalism in Asian/American literature? What does transnationalism look like from below? What are its hidden aspects? These might include questions of form, genre, audience, poetics, language, etc. And how does the recognition of these hidden dimensions of the transnational text impact our understanding of the politics of culture and communities around the globe, whether they are Asian American, or Asian diasporic, or others? How can these analyses contribute to the ongoing work of building connections between Asian American studies and Asian studies, or to a field of global Asian cultural production?

This panel invites papers that explore what transnationalism means in Asian American literature, or what it looks like, and it asks what might be learned or changed through the revelation of these obscure and occluded contours of the transnational in Asian/American literature.

Please email a proposal (max. 250 words) and a brief CV to Mark Chiang (mchiang@uic.edu) by January 25, 2017. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation. Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate on the panel, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to joining ALA and registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.


3. CFP: Asian American Literature and the Politics of the Popular

Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York

At a time when US politics and popular culture appears more entwined than ever, this panel focuses on the intersections between Asian American literature and the popular. The popular, in this case, is meant broadly and encompasses a wide range of forms and genres, sites and processes that are rife with struggles and contradictions. How do we situate Asian American literature within, against, or on the margins of popular culture or the mainstream? What can we learn from studying a wide range of popular Asian American writing, e.g., in genre fiction like fantasy, science fiction, detective fiction, or romance, and in forms like comics or blogs? How do pop-cultural figures and texts function in Asian American literary texts? What are the relationships between Asian American literature and popular or populist politics?

Please email a proposal (max. 250 words) and a brief CV to Caroline Hong (caroline.hong@qc.cuny.edu) by January 25, 2017. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation. Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate in the roundtable, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to joining ALA and registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.


4. CFP: Roundtable on Asian American Literary Studies in the Trump Era

Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Jinah Kim, California State University, Northridge

This roundtable will focus on the challenges of reading, writing, researching, and teaching Asian American literature after Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. Presidency—work that appears to be more urgent and consequential than ever. Trump’s campaign was notable for the ways it tapped the well of deep-seated U.S. anti-Chinese hysteria and for reviving the specter of WWII-era Japanese American internment for Muslims, portending both contentious transpacific geopolitics as well as the centrality of Asian American culture, history, and dissent against this new political regime.

What roles can and should Asian American literary studies play in the Trump era, in the face of increasing threats to democracy and academic freedom? How does the institutionalization of Asian American studies within the context of the neoliberal university constrain possibilities for dissent and critique? More broadly, what possibilities and strategies does Asian American literature offer with its recovered histories and alternative futures? For example, given the U.S. legacies of war and colonialism in Asia, authors such as Chang-rae Lee, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Jessica Hagedorn describe U.S. white supremacy unfolding simultaneously with authoritarian regimes in South Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam, offering glimpses into what a U.S. authoritarian future may look like as well as ways to imagine surviving and resisting such a future.

This roundtable is envisioned as an open forum for students, scholars, teachers, and writers of Asian American literature to discuss concerns and ideas post-election. Presentations might reflect on post-election experiences, analyze specific Asian American literary texts as sites of political resistance or of complicity, and/or offer innovative scholarly and pedagogical practices. Each participant will prepare 8–10 minutes of remarks, to be followed by at least 30 minutes of open discussion. We welcome works-in-progress and creative or nontraditional academic presentations.

Please email a proposal (max. 250 words) and a brief CV to Jinah Kim (jinahnorthwestern@gmail.com) by January 25, 2017. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation. Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate in the roundtable, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to joining ALA and registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

 

CAALS schedule for ALA 2016

Please join us in San Francisco for the following CAALS panel and business meeting. The meeting is an opportunity to meet fellow scholars in a collegial environment and discuss possible panels for next year, and to get involved in CAALS leadership!

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:30–2:50pm
Session 4-A – Asian American Literary Studies: 34 Years of Critical History (Pacific I) Organized by Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University

  1. “Asian American Studies: Representations of Educated Women Changing the Canon,” Krupal Amin, The Ohio State University
  2. “Mapping Trauma in the Asian Diasporic Imagination,” Jinah Kim, California State University, Northridge
  3. “Literature, History, and the Cold War in Paul Yoon’s Snow Hunters,” Jeehyun Lim, Denison University
  4. “Biography I Have None: José Garcia Villa and the Anachronism of Early Asian American Literature,” Swati Rana, University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:30–5:50pm
Session 6-A – Critical Perspectives on Karen Tei Yamashita (Seacliff C/D) Organized by Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, University of Maryland

  1. “I Hotel: A Narrative Form for Imagining Panethnic Coalition,” Long Le-Khac, Washington University in St. Louis
  2. “Memory and Choreography in Karen Tei Yamashita’s ‘Dance’ in I Hotel,” Sean Labrador y Manzano, independent scholar
  3. “Historicizing Critique: Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange and the Changing Field of Production under Globalization,” Rei Magosaki, Chapman University
  4. “The Contingencies of Comparative Racialization: Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel and the Racial Pyramid,” Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:00–6:50pm
Featured Reading by Karen Tei Yamashita (Seacliff C/D)

Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:40–11:00am
Session 8-A – Histories of Becoming in Asian American Literary Studies (Pacific I) Organized by Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Sean Labrador y Manzano, independent scholar

  1. “Constructions of the Lyric ‘I’ in the Poetry of the Japanese American Internment,” Christine Kitano, Ithaca College
  2. “Chinese American Literature in the Twenty-First Century: Writing China in Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl,” Walter S. H. Lim, National University of Singapore
  3. “Reading Transnationalism in Asian American Literature: Contradictions of Modernity in the Work of Carlos Bulosan,” Mark Chiang, University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:10am–12:30pm

Session 9-A – #Asians4BlackLives: Protest and Solidarity in Asian American Literature (Pacific F)

Organized by Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Organizers and Co-Chairs: Sharon Tang-Quan, independent scholar; and Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY)

  1. “The Angst of Triangulation: Blackness & Asian American Agony in the Theater of Philip Kan Gotanda,” Takeo Rivera, University of California, Berkeley
  2. “Protesting for Survival: Queerness/ Interracial Romance/ Hunting in Nina Revoyr’s Wingshooters,” Stephen Hong Sohn, University of California, Riverside
  3. “Black and Asian Solidarity in The Philippine-America War,” Chris Santiago, University of St. Thomas
  4. “Nandito Ako, I am here: A love song to America,” Bonnie Wailee Kwong, Artist in Residence, Stanford University

Friday, May 27, 2016, 2:10–3:30pm

Session 11-P – Business Meeting: Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (Bay Level: Marina Room)

Friday, May 27, 2016, 3:40–5:00pm
Session 12-K – Yellowface: Performing and Occupying the Mind, Body, and Space in Asian American Literature (Bay Level: Seacliff A) Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies Chair: Sean Labrador y Manzano, independent scholar

  1. “Yellowface: Performing and Occupying the Mind, Body, and Space in Asian American literature,” Geneva Chao, LBCC
  2. “In/Through the Line: Avant-Garde Intersections of Marginalization and the Lyric,” Mg Roberts, Kelsey Street Press
  3. “Considering Race and Appropriation in Poetics Today,” Margaret Rhee, University of Oregon

 

 

CFPs for ALA 2016!

This year’s ALA meeting will be held in San Francisco. Please see their webpage for general conference information.

Below are the CFPs for the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies. This post will be updated as needed. Please remember that if your paper is accepted, you will need to register as a member of CAALS in order to present. This applies to all panels and roundtables. For any questions about CFPs, please contact individual organizers. Note that different deadlines apply to each CFP.

CFP: #Asians4BlackLives: Protest and Solidarity in Asian American Literature

Chair: Sharon Tang-Quan, Westmont College

Police brutality against people of color has been making daily headlines. In 2012, the Black Lives Matter movement began after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, the movement has protested the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, and Freddie Gray, and continues to campaign against police brutality and anti-black racism.

Asian American allies have joined this fight. In a November 2014 Time article, “Why Ferguson Should Matter to Asian-Americans,” Jack Linshi discussed the power of Afro-Asian solidarity and pointed to the deaths of Kuanchang Kao (1997), Cau Bich Tran (2003), and Fong Lee (2006) at the hands of police, in which there were no criminal charges and no public campaigns on behalf of the victims. During this past Lunar New Year parade in San Francisco, #Asians4BlackLives handed out red envelopes with the following message: “As Asian Americans, we enjoy many rights that were fought for and won by Black liberation movements. Today, we too have the power to stand on the side of justice. We can create harmony by building strong relationships between Black and Asian communities and standing together for Black Lives. Which side are you on?”

This panel is focused on protest and social justice in Asian American literature, and we seek papers that examine Asian American literature as sites of resistance and cross-racial solidarity. How have Asian American writers used traditional and new modes of protest? In what ways do we see the traces of historical activism and social movements, and how have digital technologies helped to reinvigorate these causes? How are Asian Americans writing in solidarity with allies in order to speak out against racism, while acknowledging the anti-blackness in our communities? To what extent are communities of color being formed, and in what ways have communities of color been divided?

Please email a proposal (250 words maximum) and a brief CV to Sharon Tang-Quan (stangquan@westmont.edu) by January 15, 2016. Please mention any technological needs for your presentation. Please note that if your proposal is accepted and you agree to participate in the roundtable, you will need to become a member of CAALS prior to presenting, in addition to joining ALA and registering for the conference. For more information, please visit our website at http://caals.org/.

 

CFP: Yellowface: Performing and Occupying the Mind, Body, and Space in Asian American literature

ALA May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco
(http://alaconf.org)

“…My life’s spent / running an inept tour for my own sad swindle of a vacation / until every goddamned thing’s reduced to botched captions / and dabs of misinformation in fractured, / not-quite-right English: …” excerpted from “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve” by Yi-Fen Chou

In the Contributor’s Notes and Comments in The Best American Poetry 2015 guest edited by Sherman Alexie, Michael Derrick Hudson unmasks his nom de plume, stirring outrage, and becomes the reviled face of appropriation. In his admission:

“after a poem of mine has been rejected a multitude of times under my real name, I put Yi-Fen’s name on it and send it out again. As a strategy for ‘placing’ poems this has been quite successful for me. The poem in question, ‘The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve,’ was rejected under my real name forth (40) times before I sent it out as Yi-Fen Chou (I keep detailed submission records). As Yi-Fen the poem was rejected nine (9) times before Prairie Schooner took it. If indeed this is one of the best American poems of 2015, it took quite a bit of effort to get it into print, but I’m nothing if not persistent. “

He serves poetry editors a blunt instrument opening inquiry how poems are selected—the poem or the assumed ethnic heritage of author.

If turning Chinese was the key to his success, then it puts in to question how editors treat literary submissions written by authors with Asian-sounding names. Does the scarcity of Asian writers in anthologies such as the highly visible BAP validate a kind of divisive affirmative action?

More problematic is the privilege by which Hudson so easily masks himself in Yellowface for self-promotion. One can read the confession as thumbing his nose at both editors not just in BAP 2015, in Prairie Schooner, but to all journals that assumed they were choosing an Asian writer to diversify their volume. Whereas BAP elicits cynicism, especially in the discussion of what poetry was selected as best of a given year, the 2015 volume elevates to a level of disgust. Immediate calls to boycott the volume, to not purchase it, ignored the fact, this volume is the most multicultural, to ‘ethnic bias.”

The “sad swindle” or subversion is not Hudson’s own. Implicated in this botched anthology are David Lehman, series editor, and Sherman Alexie, guest editor. With much time to reconsider Hudson’s invitation in to the anthology, they still proceeded to keep him in print. The reaction from the Asian American community was quick, unrelenting, and unforgiving. The defense can be read here:
http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/…/like-most-every-poet-i…

Whether or not you are impressed by Alexie’s guidelines when selecting the best poems of 2015, when choosing the offender, Alexie was “amenable to the poem because [he] thought the author was Chinese American.”

Despite their intentions, the reception has been negative. Alexie and Lehman have the responsibility to prevent ethnic fraud. But should be poetry so safe guarded against writers wishing to take a personae?

When the real Yi-Fen Chou surfaced, Hudson’s appropriation turned to identity theft.

Even before the release of BAP 2015, the gaffe of the Poetry Foundation producing a list of Asian American writers stirred emotions. The list paired writers with their assumed country of origin as if to negate they can never claim the United States as origin. The following link is a sanitized version of that list, now more expansive, and omitting the countries of origin expected of them to claim, own, and demonstrate cultural affiliation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/article/247362
Was this a case of Yellowface, too?

Asian in/authenticity led to the Facebook circulation of Cathy Linh Che’s google doc
https://docs.google.com/…/1u364q7ctO8MM90mvJHXxxGeCYX…/edit… insists on a self-reporting and registration of known Asian writers in America.

Further reading is found here:
http://lithub.com/actual-asian-poets/

ImageImagehttp://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/when-a-poem-by-a-white-male-author-smells-less-sweet/404134/

http://www.thestranger.com/…/on-sherman-alexies-choice-to-u…

The roundtable will not dwell completely on Hudson’s appropriation because Yellowface in American literature is not new. Yellowface persists in publisher and readership expectation to the extent real Asians exaggerate, highlight, and emphasize Asian-ness for the sake of publication.

The roundtable seeks to address:
Performing the Asian-in affect, homage, and/or parody.
Authenticity/Inauthenticity
Yellowface as a form of Colonization, Occupation, Privilege.
Forms of Registry
-Asian American registration as started and evolved in the Poetry Foundation.
-Hyphenation
-Self-Identification of Asian origin in in author bios.
-Editorial identification of Asian origin in author bios.
-Classification (being Vietnamese)
Legacy
-Authors who have performed/appropriate the Asian
Offense vs. Pride.
Yellowface as subgenre of Asian literature.
Yellowface as subgenre of American literature.
Yellowface as writer technique.
Yellowface as a form of characterization. Do nonAsian writers perform Yellowface when placing Asian characters in their stories? Think Carson McCullers, John Steinbeck, Mona Simpson, William T. Vollman, Vendela Vida–as an example of novelists. There are poets as well.

Yellowface as a form of appropriation, not just of bodies, but of literary forms or translation credit.
Yellowface as a form of erasure, annihilation, fever, fantasy.
Yellowface as a kind of travel literature.
Yellowface as roots.
Yellowface as a critical tool, or impulsive dismissal.
Yellowface as Misrecognition. Misidentification.
Yellowface as Effacement, defacement. Facility. Rape. Identity theft. Hijacking.
Yellowface Exorcism, possession, remediation, sanction,
Yellowface as Persistence, encouragement, anxiety, ambivalence, white frailty.
The roundtable invites scholars actively writing and performing literature to bring in to discussion and context approaches by which to address Yellowface for in the classroom as in teaching how to recognize or evaluate when writers perform Yellowface, in the editorial process, in performance whether for an audience or to a hiring committee as in affecting an appeal to ethnic advantage or uniqueness, and in evaluating Asian-ness as in authentic enough to speak on behalf of lived or community experience.
Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by January 15, 2016, to Sean Labrador y Manzano at seanlabradorymanzano@gmail.com.

 

CFP: Strained Utterance: Mixed Race Asian Avant Garde

ALA May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco
(http://alaconf.org)

When Ron Loewinsohn writes,

I’ve put out the cigarette, the smoke / I’ve taken into my lungs & out / again: The ways I’ve seen you, & hold / them now, those ways, sliding / like a ship into the sea. This / is what I’m afraid of, that sea, / that home that doesn’t interest me. // One morning, after everyone had passed out, / Basil & I sat up talking about / the bombs, his London, my Manila, some flat / on Buchanan Street, the sun outside / for both of us. I passed him the bottle. // It’s in those moments between / the passing of the jug that I think / of this, this place, what / is this, here, & what have I to do with it? / If not for you, what, in hell, / do I have to do?
(excerpted from “It Is to Be Bathed in Light” The World of the Lie (1963)

he reveals a sense of place, a point of origin, not identified in much of his poetry. Prose produced in retirement shares life in the Philippines before World War 2 and transit to the United States. How he is unnoticed by the Philippine American literary community is astonishing though not surprising as he rarely if not at all announced his ethnicity to his students while a professor in the English Department as UC Berkeley.

The panel on Mixed-Race Asian Avant Garde poets seeks to explore how being mixed-race shapes (or unshape, or not shape) content, structure, poetic technique, language, readability, unreadability, instruction, identity, power relations, forms of knowledge, expected grievance, careers, publishing histories, privacy, or notoriety, and more. We seek how being mixed-race bridges experimental poetics with studies in the Asian experience in American. Is there more or less agency, subjectivity, privilege, deracination, stereotyping, othering, pressure to assimilate, or inaccessibility to collective ethnic histories? How are the poetries a reflection of America’s wars or labor histories through which such mixing takes place on the periphery? Do writers cite parents as soldiers or war brides? How does mixed-race challenge the appreciation or categorization of Asian American. Does the Avant-Garde defuse Identity Politics, becomes a refuge from overt and recycled idioms of “otherness.”

The panel looks forward to any proposals that address the presence, marginalization, and invisibility of Mixed-Raced Asian Americans in the Avant-Garde. Do these poets perform a token function diversifying a predominant white field? Do they mollify the need to discuss race in American poetry?

Some writers to consider include Kasey Mohammed, Ai, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Ronaldo V. Wilson, David Lau, Geneva Chao, Sesshu Foster, Brian Kim Stefans, Ron Loewinsohn, Jai Arun Ravine, Kenny Tanemura, Brynn Saito, Wei Ming Dariotis, Pimone Triplett, Kimiko Hahn, John Yau, Heinz Insu Fenkl, MG Roberts, Jennifer Hayashida, Sadakichi Hartmann, and the list goes on….
Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts, AV requirements, and a CV, by January 15, 2016, to Sean Labrador y Manzano at seanlabradorymanzano@gmail.com.

 

CFP: Critical Perspectives on Karen Tei Yamashita
Sponsored by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, University of Maryland
Due Date: January 25, 2016

In the playground of cultural history, Karen Tei Yamashita is at once the big slide and the children who follow no rules. Her oeuvre moves us irreverently across every imaginable border, horizontal and vertical—Kandice Chuh has characterized Yamashita’s work as “palimpsestic” and “ecological” in its attention to layers, genealogies, and transnational currents. With the publication of the 2010 National Book Award finalist *I Hotel*, which gives us the polyphonic tumult of the 60s and 70s and the rise of the Asian American Movement, critical attention to Yamashita’s work is on the rise.

This panel seeks to highlight new scholarship on Yamashita’s oeuvre; proposals on any of her novels, or on her 2014 fiction/performance collection *Anime Wong* or her 2001 short story/essay collection *Circle K Cycles*, are welcome.

Please email a 250-300 word abstract of your paper to Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis at lawrence.minh.davis@gmail.com by January 25, 2016. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract.

 

CFP: Asian American Literary Studies: 34 Years of Critical History
Sponsored by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University
Due Date: January 15, 2016

We are seeking paper proposals for a panel, “Asian American Literary Studies: 34 Years of Critical History,” sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) at the Annual Conference of the American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA on May 26-29, 2016. Celebrating Elaine H. Kim’s landmark publication Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context (1982), this panel proposes to analyze the field of Asian American literary studies that has developed to include and acknowledge a diverse group of literatures under this category. The critical/theoretical development of the field covered both political movements as well as the changing demographics stemming from mass migrations. This panel solicits paper proposals to broadly consider the following questions: How has the trajectory of Asian American critical literary history developed over time? How do Asian Americans and Asian diasporic communities reflect the trajectory of the field? What kinds of dialogues take place between the Asian American literary canon and the broader American literary canon?

The recognition of specific gender, class, and racial differences within the Asian American literary field in a broader sense has spurred heated arguments about identification. We have seen how the “authentic” has worked its way into fiction as well as how that very fiction reflected tensions in the literary community in regards to citizenship and recognition. Specifically, we see tensions in the ways Asian American bodies occupy a liminal space of both belonging and integration as they simultaneously experience rejection and tolerance. Asian diasporic histories grow increasingly complicated and layered; major historical events have continually shaped our conception of the literature and what it even means to have a recognized body of literature. This panel invites considerations of a wide range of Asian American texts such as fiction, poetry, film, journalism, memoir, or activist writing, and encourages intersections with critical ethnic studies, feminist studies, queer studies, disability studies, and environmental studies.

 

Please email a 250-300 word abstract of your paper to Lynn Itagaki at itagaki.5@osu.edu by January 25, 2016. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract.