112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Asian American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Nina Ahn, California State University, Northridge
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Meeting Room 1


  1. Tracee Auville-Parks, California Baptist University
    Using the poetry and art created by Japanese American internees during the 1940s, we can see people struggling to make sense of the tumultuous events in which they lived. This paper focuses on how Inada’s poetry seems to provide him with the ability to process the acts of discrimination and hatred he experienced during his internment without internalizing or becoming a victim to it.
  2. Phuong Luu, California State University, Long Beach
    Through Linda Hammerick, Monique Truong's Bitter in the Mouth speaks to how language shapes and defines our understanding of people of color, all the while, undermining and negating individualized differences of people of color. 
  3. Heui-Yung Park, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    My paper looks at autobiographical writings, including poems, composed by the Hawai‘i-born Korean diaspora Brenda Kwon. Examining how Kwon has represented and identified herself in relation to her ancestral homeland and her birthplace points to her identity journey as she moves between Hawai‘i, contiguous America, and Korea. 
Session Cancelled: