CFP: “Adopting” Asian America, ALA 2008

“Adopting” Asian America

This panel will investigate the variety of ways in which Asian America has been “adopted,” especially vis a vis Asian American texts (literature, film, journalism, criticism, commercial imagery, and so on), together with attendant consequences of such “adoptive” relationships.

Proposed papers may address such questions as the following: In what sense and to what ends have academic departments or the more broadly defined American Academy “adopted” Asian America? What are the implicit and explicit costs of this “adoption”? Are there any benefits — and, if so, are such benefits mutual or one-sided? To what extent is such “adoption” reflected in (or to what degree is it a reflection of) larger American/Asian American relationships, tensions, or conflicts? How has Asian America deliberately or inadvertently invited or acquiesced to its own “adoption”? How are “adoptive” relationships or issues compounded in the Asian American classroom? How are these relationships/issues further compounded when the instructor in the classroom is not Asian American? or is Asian American? Has Asian America (or Asian American art or criticism) in any sense created itself as “adopted”? What are the ramifications of academic departments’ embracing Asian American literature, film, journalism, commercial imagery, and so on as “adopted” rather than “naturally born”? Are the relationships between academia and Asian America different from those between academia and other “ethnic Americas”? What will be the conclusion of Asian America’s existing “adoptive” relationships? Will “adopted” Asian America grow up and away from current “guardians” — or is “adoption” perpetual?

Please email paper proposals (in MSWord or WordPerfect format) to Keith Lawrence at keith.lawrence@byu.edu — or send a hard copy of your proposal to: Prof. Keith Lawrence, English Department, 4175 JFSB, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. All proposals must be received by 15 January 2008.

CFP: Marketing Asian American Literature, ALA 2008

Marketing Asian American Literature (roundtable)
 American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 22-25, 2008
Standing panel organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Proposals due: January 14, 2008 (Monday)

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies invites papers for a roundtable on “Marketing Asian American Literature.” We hope to engage with a variety of people on this topic–and from all angles (creating, publishing, teaching, studying, selling, publicizing, promoting). Since the popular reception of Maxine Hong Kingston’s WOMAN WARRIOR in 1976 and the even more widely received printing of Amy Tan’s THE JOY LUCK CLUB, Asian American literature has seen phenomenal success in the world of publishing as well as the academy. This roundtable wishes to examine, further, the “marketing” of Asian American literature–to consider the relationship of the consumer and issues of consumption in tandem with issues of epistemology and pedagogy.

Points of discussion for this roundtable can include (but should not be limited) to the following:
▪ Who is consuming Asian American literature?
▪ Where is the market for Asian American literature?
▪ How do our classrooms operate as a potential marketplace for Asian American literature and is this in tension or complimentary to our goals of educating students about Asian American issues?
▪ How is our role as literary critics and scholars of Asian American literature commensurate or in tension with the marketing of Asian American literature and writers?
▪ Is promoting Asian American literature the same as marketing Asian American literature–where do the commercial lines get drawn and who plays a role in these decisions of who creates, distributes, sells, and buys Asian American literature?

Please send one-page proposals and an abbreviated CV (2-pages) in the body of the e-mail message to both Jennifer Ho (jho (at) unc (dot) edu) and Michelle Rhee (myrhee (at) stanford (dot) edu) by 5 pm CDT on Monday, January 14, 2007. Address any queries to Jennifer & Michelle at the same e-mail addresses. Comments for each roundtable participant will be limited to 8 minutes to ensure a rich discussion with the conference attendees. Also, ALA rules allow for participants to serve on both a panel and a roundtable.

CFP: Tropics of Asian America, ALA 2008

Tropics of Asian America: Critical Studies in the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita, American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 22-25, 2008
Standing panel organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Proposals due: January 14, 2008

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies invites papers for a panel on the work of Karen Tei Yamashita, celebrated author of imaginative and humorous novels that challenge nationally-bound conceptions of Asian American fiction by exploring connections between the United States, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. Yamashita has playfully delved into different narrative genres and mythologies, from the soap operas of Brazil to travel writing and Aztec creation stories. Her books Through the Arc of the Rain Forest (1990), Brazil-Maru (1992), Tropic of Orange (1997), and Circle K Cycles (2001) have contributed to theoretical and transnational turns in Asian American literary studies. Performance pieces and other writing like “Siamese Twins and Mongoloids” (1999) offer other opportunities for rethinking Asian Americanist criticism.

This panel seeks to engage with how Yamashita’s writing broadens the possibilities of Asian American literary studies. The panel is open to any rigorous consideration of Yamashita’s work, but preference will be given to papers addressing less-frequently discussed texts; papers that consider multiple texts in Yamashita’s oeuvre; or papers that draw sustained comparisons between Yamashita’s work and other writers’ work.

Please send proposals of 250-500 words and an abbreviated CV (2-pages) in the body of the e-mail message to plai2 (at) stthomas (dot) edu by 5 pm CDT on Monday, January 14, 2007. Address any queries to Paul Lai at the same e-mail address. Presentation time for each paper will be limited to 15 minutes.

This panel inaugurates a series of standing CAALS panels dedicated each year to exploring the work of a single Asian American author. Following the model of the author societies of the American Literature Association, these panels will foster in-depth scholarship and conversation about these individual authors.