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