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Narratives, Media, Heterogeneity, and Asian Diaspora

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Organizer: Liyang Dong

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This panel seminar seeks to provide a space for discussion on scholarship regarding marginalized or erased narratives on heterogeneous and hybridized identities in relation to race, gender, class, nationality, and spatiality, interrogating or reimagining “Asianness” as performed, perceived, or represented in heterogeneous identities in media and literary productions related to the Asian diaspora so as to achieve a better understanding and forge more interconnected, empathetic, just and equitable communities within and beyond the broad Asian diaspora. We solicit papers that examine how various configurations of Asian diaspora have impacted reconstructing nationality, citizenship, transnational identities, belonging, gender norms and how the lives of Asian immigrants/migrants/displaced populations have been reflected in literature and media.

With the drastic rise of hate crimes against Asians around the globe during and in the aftermath of the pandemic, new questions emerge about the “curse” and “enigma” of Asian populations in the diaspora. Some questions we aim to explore are as follows but are not limited to: What is it that makes the “Yellow Peril” and “Asian invasion” so haunting? How do we undo the burden and legacy of the racist structure and ideology in research, community building, social practice, and daily experiences? How do different paradigms of criticism and interventions like minor transnationalism, transnational citizenship, women of color feminism and queer critique, racial capitalism, heterogeneous, hybridized, and ambiguous identities, microhistory, community archives, and grassroot activism, challenge the persistent recalibration and restructuring of neoliberal capitalist racial paradigm and inform us to imagine otherwise? What possibilities of pathways to justice, forms of belonging, and community building are opened up and engaged with in literary narratives and different genres of media?  If the diaspora narrative structure is influenced by space and temporality or socio-cultural background, can they also create or resist thinking and reforming gender norms and identities? In what ways might different narrative styles be gendered? For example, have significant historical events – the Industrial Revolution, World War II, Brexit, etc.– changed the gender norms and narrative of diasporas in British literature and film? 

Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20-minute presentation. Contact the seminar co-organizers Liyang Dong (ldong11@binghamton.edu) and Bora Kang (bkang21@binghamton.edu) with any questions.

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