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

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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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

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.

ALA 2013 Photos

CAALS had well-attended panels, a roundtable, and an author reading at ALA 2013 (Boston). Below are some photos from the highly successful Geographies of Asian America double panel. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Geographies of Asian America I. Left to right: Chris Eng, Lynne Horiuchi, Jeehyun Lim (chair), Lynn Itagaki. Not pictured: Belinda Kong.
Left to right: Chris Eng, Lynne Horiuchi, Jeehyun Lim (chair), Lynn Itagaki. Not pictured: Belinda Kong.
Geographies of Asian America II. Left to right: Susan Thananopavarn, Alaina Kaus, Rajender Kaur, Trevor Lee. Not pictured: Ruth Lahti.
Geographies of Asian America II. Left to right: Susan Thananopavarn, Alaina Kaus, Rajender Kaur, Trevor Lee (chair). Not pictured: Ruth Lahti.