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.

Panels for ALA 2015, Boston

We’ve got a full slate of panels this year! Please come join us for some excellent scholarship and dialogue.

(From the final program. View more conference information at the American Literature Association Annual Conference website.)

American Literature Association
26th Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2015

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798

Friday, May 22, 2015, 3:40 – 5:00 pm
Session 12-F Trauma and the Asian Diasporic Literary Imagination (Part I)
(Great Republic 7th Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Jinah Kim, Northwestern University

  1. “Education as Trauma: Reinforcing Hegemony through Violence in Persaud’s Daughters of Empire,” Krupal Amin, Ohio State University
  2. “Postmemory and Its Undoing: Denegation in A Feather on the Breath of God,” Christine Maksimowicz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  3. “From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde,” Sean Labrador y Manzano, Independent Scholar

Friday, May 22, 2015, 5:10 – 6:30pm
Session 13-G Trauma and the Asian Diasporic Literary Imagination (Part II)
(Great Republic 7th Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University

  1. “‘Another Locus of Inscription’: Dislocation and Trauma in Aimee Phan’s We Should Never Meet,” Justine Dymond, Springfield College
  2. “Writing Oneself into Being: The Affect and Aesthetics of Repetition in Jane Jeong Trenka’s Adoption Autobiographies,” Joseph Kai Hang Cheang, University of California, Riverside
  3. “‘A Dark Flower of Memory’: Scabbing Trauma in Russell Charles Leong’s ‘Where Do People Live Who Never Die?,'” Elise Auvil, University of Maryland, College Park

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 9:40 – 11:00am
Session 15-D Critical Perspectives on Ha Jin
(Essex North West 3rd Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University

  1. “The Immigrant Sensibility: Locating Hope in Ha Jin’s Waiting and A Free Life,” Sharon Tang-Quan, Westmont College
  2. “A Free Life or a Journey of Odysseus?––Reading Ha Jin’s A Free Life,” Guo Rong, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing
  3. “Doubling or Tripling in A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin,” King-Kok Cheung, University of California, Los Angeles

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:10 – 12:30 am
Session 16-Q Business Meeting: Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
(Essex Center 3rd Floor)

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 3:40 – 5:00 pm
Session 19-B Roundtable on Asian American Literary and Visual Cultures
(Essex North East 3rd Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Moderator: Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York

  1. Monica Chiu, University of New Hampshire
  2. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut
  3. Min Hyoung Song, Boston College
  4. Lai Ying Yu, Tufts University

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6:40 – 8:00 pm
Closing Reception
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Featured Speaker: Ha Jin
Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Poet
Author of A Map of Betrayal, Waiting: A Novel, War Trash, Ocean of Words,
The Bridegroom, and Wreckage
(Essex South, Third Floor)

Panels for ALA 2014, Washington, DC

Here are the CAALS panels and business meeting for the upcoming ALA 2014 conference. We look forward to seeing you!

Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
2014 ALA Panels

Roundtable: New Directions in Asian American Literary Pedagogy (Session 6-G)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
4:30 – 5:50 pm
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Heidi Kim, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Yoonmee Chang, George Mason University
Patricia Chu, George Washington University
Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Asian American Literary Review and University of Maryland
Caroline Rody, University of Virginia

Human Rights and Asian American Literary Studies (Session 8-I)
Friday, May 23, 2014
9:40 – 11:00 am
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University
1. “Disability and Nationality as Liminal Power in Animal’s People,” Krupal Amin, The Ohio State University
2. “Scenes of the Violated Home: Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowlan,” Meghan Buckley, Purdue University
3. “Transpacific Noir, Dying Colonialism,” Jinah Kim, Northwestern University
4. “Remembering U.S. Imperialism in Asia and Latin America: Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart and Américo Paredes’s George Washington Gómez,” Susan Thananopavarn, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Critical Perspectives on Ruth Ozeki (Session 10-A)
Friday, May 23, 2014
12:40 –2:00 pm
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Sue J. Kim, University of Massachusetts Lowell
1. “Reading Ozeki’s My Year of Meats as Asian American Satire and Comedy,” Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, CUNY
2. “Dogen’s ‘Eternal Now’ in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being,” Katsuya Izumi, University at Albany, SUNY
3. “Material Metafiction: Interconnection and the Object in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being,” Leah Milne, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
4. “Ruth Ozeki’s Transpacific Tidalectics,” Erin Suzuki, Emory University

Asian American Spoken Word Artists and Writers of the DC Area: A Creative Reading with George “G” Yamazawa, Gowri “K” Koneswaran, Tarfia Faizullah, and Eugenia Kim (Session 11-C))
Friday, May 23, 2014
2:10 – 3:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by the Asian American Literary Review and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Join us for a creative reading that features Asian American spoken word artists and writers of the DC Area. Poet, educator, and spoken word artist, G Yamazawa will share from his acclaimed repertoire, performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the historic Nuyorican Poets’ Café. He is a two-time Southern Fried Champion and most recently the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at Kollaboration Star. Poet, performing artist, and lawyer Gowri Koneswaran is senior poetry editor with Jaggery and poetry coordinator at BloomBars. Her poetry appears in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, and Lantern Review. Gowri’s performance credits include the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Tarfia Faizullah will read from her forthcoming book Seam, which is the winner of the 2012 First Book Award by the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Her poems appear in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, and Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. Novelist Eugenia Kim will read from her published work, including The Calligrapher’s Daughter, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for Fiction, a Critic’s Pick and Best Historical Fiction by The Washington Post, and a Publishers Weekly starred review. Other writings appear in journals and anthologies, such as Potomac Review, Eclectic Grace, and Echoes Upon Echoes. She is a professor at Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program.

Business Meeting: the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (Session 14-M)
Friday, May 23, 2014
5:10 – 6:30 pm

Announcing the inaugural CAALS Essay Prize

CAALS ESSAY PRIZE
Due Date: May 9, 2014

Starting this year, CAALS will be launching an annual book prize for the best paper on Asian American literary studies written by a graduate student/doctoral candidate (or, should the occasion arise, an undergraduate student) and presented at any ALA panel. Papers must be submitted electronically by May 9, 2014. Papers will be read and evaluated by a committee drawn from the CAALS leadership and membership. The winner will be notified before the ALA and will be the guest of honor at the annual CAALS dinner at the conference. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to caalsweb@gmail.com.

CFP for ALA 2014!

CALLS FOR PAPERS for the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies panels at ALA 2014 in Washington, D.C.! Please consult the ALA conference website for more information on the conference fees, site, and other logistics. Also, note that the required CAALS membership for participation in CAALS panels is separate from the ALA conference fee.
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25th Annual ALA Conference
May 22 – 25, 2014
Hyatt Regency Washington
on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington D.C., 20001
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1) Critical Perspectives on Ruth Ozeki
Chair: Sue J. Kim, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Due Date: January 10, 2014

The work of mixed-race Japanese American Ruth Ozeki has been praised as consistently and uniquely smart, formally inventive, funny, compassionate, and beautiful. Ozeki’s three novels include My Year of Meats (1998); All Over Creation (2002), winner of the 2004 American Book Award from Before Columbus Foundation; and A Tale For the Time Being (2013), long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She has also authored a number of shorter fiction pieces, and her films include Body of Correspondence (1994), winner of the New Visions Awards at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the neo-documentary Halving the Bones. While each of her texts are quite different, a number of central concerns thread through them: mixed race(s), the body and embodiment, food and the environment (in the context of corporate agribusiness), Zen Buddhism, memory and time, unexpected transnational circuits, and the myriad challenges to “living more consciously” (the title of a workshop Ozeki has conducted).

This panel seeks to highlight new critical work on Ozeki’s oeuvre; proposals on any of Ozeki’s fiction and/or films are welcome.

Send 300-word abstract and two-page CV by email to Sue J. Kim (sue_kim@uml.edu) by January 10, 2014.

2) Human Rights and Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Itagaki, The Ohio State University
Due Date: January 15, 2014

Historically, Asian immigrants came to the United States seeking economic opportunity, political security, as well as social stability, whether they were seafarers, California gold rush miners, paper sons, picture brides, post-1965 migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, or even transnational elites. This panel solicits paper proposals to broadly consider the following questions: How does a human rights framework produce new interpretations of Asian American literature? How does the consideration of Asian Americans and Asian diasporic communities broaden concepts of global human rights?
Alongside the theoretical interests in biopolitics, precarity and vulnerability, the question of human rights has developed into an increasingly popular framework through which to analyze injustice and inequality. As the forces of global capitalism and neoliberalism have increasingly eroded the rights and protections accorded to individuals by nation-states, human rights have become more anxiously promoted to protect populations within and across international borders. Asian diasporic histories are intertwined with human suffering and crimes against humanity caused by the forced migration and displacement of peoples, Cold War imperialism, genocide, totalitarian regimes and civil wars. 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 350-500 word abstract of your paper to Lynn Itagaki at itagaki.5@osu.edu by January 15, 2014. Be sure to mention any technological needs for your presentation on your abstract.

3) Asian American Literary Pedagogy Roundtable
Chair: Heidi Kim, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Due Date: January 15, 2014

CAALS seeks participants for a roundtable focused on new challenges/methodologies in Asian American literary pedagogy. All topics/approaches within this general topic are welcome. Please send a brief abstract and CV to heidikim@email.unc.edu by January 15, 2014.