CFP: Trauma and Resilience in Asian American Literature and Culture

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2022
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Literature

From Chinese exclusion, to Japanese American internment, racist immigration quotas, US military occupations across Asia, and racialized discrimination and violence, the histories of Asian America are fraught with traumatic experiences of war, discrimination, exploitation, and exclusion. This panel seeks papers that speak not only to the ways in which Asian American subjectivities have been shaped by trauma, but also how resilience and resistance in the face of such traumas are both represented and enacted through Asian American literary and cultural productions. These questions are particularly vital in this moment, as we’ve seen a startling and precipitous rise in anti-Asian violence in the United States since 2020. This renewal of violence must be contextualized and understood within the longer history of US-American discrimination and violence against Asian and Asian American people, as Panthea Lee’s recent article in The Nation, “Sex, Death, and Empire: The Roots of Violence Against Asian Women,” so powerfully illustrates. What is the role of the Asian American and, perhaps especially, the Asian American woman, in the US-American racial imaginary, and how do Asian Americans ourselves question, challenge, and speak back to these racialized structures of power?

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Naomi Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Suffolk County Community College
Brentwood, NY

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