CAALS Schedule at ALA 2018

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) is pleased to announce our schedule for this year’s American Literature Association conference, May 24-27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The hotel is located at 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA. Questions may be directed to CAALS co-chairs Caroline Kyungah Hong (caroline.hong [at] qc.cuny.edu) or Mai-Linh Hong (mai-linh.hong [at] bucknell.edu).


Friday, May 25, 2018, 9:40–11:00am, Seacliff C/D
Session 8-B – The Return to Asia in Asian American Literatures
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Na-Rae Kim, Kennesaw State University

  1. “The City and Its Refugees: The Geopolitics of Non-Places in Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Exit West,” Yuan Ding, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  2. “Transpacific Resonances and Modalities of Relation in Leanne Dunic’s To Love the Coming End,” Michelle Siobhan O’Brien, Central Washington University
  3. “The Congressman from India Goes East,” Swati Rana, University of California, Santa Barbara
  4. “From a Distance: The Vicarious Witness in Luisa A. Igloria’s Poetry on EJKs,” Louyzza Maria Victoria Vasquez, University of the Philippines, Diliman 

Friday, May 25, 2018, 11:10am–12:30pm, Pacific I
Session 9-B – Asian American Literature and Visual Texts
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Laura Wright, University of Connecticut

  1. “Paper Cranes in the Sky: Investigating Immigration Stories through Shaun Tan’s The Arrival,” Christiana Ares-Christian, University of Connecticut
  2. “The Textual Remediation of the Visual in Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel: Toward an Ethic of Representing a Collective Asian American History,” Kai Hang Cheang, University of California, Riverside
  3. “Asian American Comics and Thinking Historically,” Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York
  4. “The Writings of Martin Wong (1946–1999),” Amy Lee, University of California, Berkeley

Friday, May 25, 2018, 3:40–5:00pm, Seacliff A
Session 12-B – Okada and Beyond
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: David Cho, Hope College

  1. “John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy,” Frank Abe, Resisters.com
  2. “War and Words: Reading the Post-9/11 Bildungsroman,” Anantha Sudhakar, San Francisco State University
  3. “Citizenship and Belonging in Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life,” Roy Kamada, Emerson College

Friday, May 25, 2018, 5:10–6:30pm, Pacific B
Session 13-L – Business Meeting: Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)


Saturday, May 26, 2018, 8:10–9:30am, Pacific D
Session 14-B – Refugee Counternarratives
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Mai-Linh K. Hong, Bucknell University

  1. “Refugee Memes: Remembering Historical Trauma and Violence in the Digital Commons,” Long Bui, Vassar College
  2. “‘Your Mountain Lies Down with You’: Hmong Refugee Political Geography in Afterland,” Ma Vang, University of California, Merced
  3. “Rewriting the History of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer,” Roberta Wolfson, California Polytechnic State University
  4. “Magical Passages through the Refugee Regime in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West,” Mai-Linh K. Hong, Bucknell University

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 11:10am–12:30pm, Seacliff C/D
Session 16-B – Asian American Histories and Citizenship: Concepts of Legality in Literature
Sponsored by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS)
Chair: Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York

  1. “Contradictions between Citizenship and Empire in Sabina Murray’s The Caprices,” Laura Wright, University of Connecticut
  2. “‘Release him from all paper’: Two Appropriations of American Legal Documentation in Asian American Poetics,” Alex Howerton, University of South Carolina
  3. “(Un)Documenting the ‘Good’ Immigrant in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone,” Emily Yoon Perez, University of Maryland, College Park