2008: 19th Annual ALA Conference

Session 3-B   Aesthetics, Politics, and Marketing of Asian American Genre Fiction  (Pacific A)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies 
Co-chairs: Betsy Huang, Clark University and Greta Aiyu Niu, University of Rochester

 1. “Assessing the Value of Asian American ‘Chick-lit,’” Jennifer Ho, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2. “Asian American Crime Fiction and New Epistemic Paradigms,” Swan Kim, University of Virginia
3. “The Specter of Charlie Chan: Identity and Masculinity in Asian American Detective Fiction,” Calvin Lee Mcmillin, University of California, Santa Cruz

Respondent: Greta Aiyu Niu, University of Rochester

Session 4-F    “Adopting” Asian America    (Pacific J) 
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair:  C. Lok Chua, California State University, Fresno

1. “The Politics of Adoption in Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Among the White Moon Faces,” Walter S. H. Lim, National University of Singapore
2. “Imagining New Routes: Transnational Adult Adoptee Forms of Agency,” Nicky Schildkraut, University of Southern California
3. “Pedagogical Adoption and the Asian American Text,” Keith Lawrence, Brigham Young University

Session 16-A    Roundtable on Marketing Asian American Literature    (Pacific B/C)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Co-chairs:  Jennifer Ho, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Michelle Rhee, Stanford University

1. Timothy Yu, University of Toronto
2. Barbara Jane Reyes, Bay Area poet
3. Janet Francendese, Temple University Press
4. Meghan Kozar, Michigan State University
5. Walter Lim, National University of Singapore
6. Jeffrey Partridge, Capital Community College
 
Session 20-B    Tropics of Asian America: Critical Studies in the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita (Pacific A)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair:  Paul Lai, University of Saint Thomas 

1. “Inaugurations and the Hope of Reading Alternative Imagined Communities,” Pamela Thoma, Washington State University
2. “The Cats of Murakami: Jimmy Mirikitani, Manzanar Murakami, and Murakami Haruki’s Metaphors of Mourning,” Gayle K. Sato, Meiji University, Tokyo
3. “Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange and Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex: Cortez and Mandelbroit in Asian American Literature,” Ruth Hsu, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

Respondent: A. Noelle Brada-Williams, San Jose State University

 

Additionally, CAALS helped organize a panel featuring authors:

Session 21-G    Reading by Asian American Writers     (Pacific F)

Barbara Jane Reyes
Shawn Wong
Helen Zia