2010: 21st Annual ALA Conference

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies is presenting five panels for the American Literature Association conference, to be held May 27-30, 2010, in San Francisco. Here is the schedule:

Friday, May 28, 2010
9:30-10:50 am
Session 8-F Asian American Literature: Ambivalent Precursors

Chair: Merton Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1. “Rereading Yung Wing’s My Life in China and America in the Age of Globalization,” Yuan Shu, Texas Tech University
2. “Looking Back at ’68: Chuang Hua’s Crossings and the (re)Mapping of the Political,” Jeffrey Kim Schroeder, UCLA
3. “An Ambivalent Precursor in Asian American Drama: Re-reading David Henry Hwang,” Benzi Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4. “Japanese and American Scientific Management: The Construction of Korean Labor in Younghill Kang’s East Goes West,” David Roh, Old Dominion University

Friday, May 28, 2010
2:00 – 3:20 pm
Session 11-E Dialogues of Displacement: Intersections Between the Literary Texts of African and Asian Diaspora(s)

Chair: Trevor Lee, City University of New York (CUNY)/GC
Respondent: Catherine Fung, UC Davis
1. “Christian America in Frank Chin and Ishmael Reed,” Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria
2. “Chinaman, Battyman, China Doll: Queering Violence and Diaspora in Patricia Powell’s The Pagoda,” Tzarina Prater, LaGuardia CC/CUNY
3. “Always Playing Catch-Up: Imitation in Asian and African Diasporic Writing,” Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, May 28, 2010
3:30 – 4:50 pm
Session 12-F New Perspectives on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Chair: Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin
1. “‘Blood and Ink’: Analyzing Visual Cartography in the Works of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Craig Santos Perez,” Margaret JiAe Rhee, University of California, Berkeley
2. “The Tongue and the Flesh,” Hillary Gravendyk, Pomona College
3. “Faithful to an Original?: The Uses of Spirituality in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee,” Khanh Ho, Grinnell College
4. “Translation in Transit: The Artistic Intervention of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha,” Taey Iohe, Artist, Researcher, SMARTlab, University of East London

Saturday, May 29, 2010
11:00 am -12:20 pm
Session 17-E Going Beyond Asian/American Tropes: A Reading of Poetry and Fiction

Chair: Nicky Schildkraut, University of Southern California
1. Yunte Huang, University of California, Santa Barbara
2. Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California
3. Lee Herrick, Fresno City College
4. Barbara Jane Reyes, Mills College

Saturday, May 29, 2010
2:00 – 3:20 pm
Session 19-F Coalitional Classrooms: A Roundtable Discussion on Comparative Approaches to Teaching Asian American Literature

Chair: Paul Lai, University of St. Thomas
1. “Reading for the ‘Unspoken Performed,'” Tina Chen, Pennsylvania State University
2. “Shifting Focus: Asian American Texts and Critical Transformation,” Ron West, Metropolitan Community College
3. “Teaching Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far: Multiple Approaches,” Wei Ming Dariotis, San Francisco State University
4. “Teaching APA Studies, Postcolonialism, and Globalization: Literature, Film, Video Games,” Greta Niu, University of Rochester
5. “Asian American Writers and the Beat Generation,” Catherine Fung, University of California at Davis