115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies I: Cultural Geography and Diasporic Space

Session Chair: 
Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt, American Studies Department TU Dortmund
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 202


  1. LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz
    In the late 1880s, Chinese miners and railroad workers were integral in putting Laramie, Wyoming on the map. What if we re-map, with a new set of markers—historical, geographic, geopolitic and geo-botanic? Wild Wild East is a cartographic ethnography— a visual essay that reimagines the small Western town of Laramie, Wyoming as an unsuspecting Chinatown. 
  2. Stephanie Mahnke, Michigan State University
    Through an analysis of two Vincent Chin memorials and their public reactions in downtown Detroit, this paper explores the conditions for Asian American visibility and participation within the public sphere.
  3. Eve Oishi, Claremont Graduate University
    This paper proposes a reading of Asian American history in relation to the history of visual media technologies. It examines Lana Lin's 1999 video Taiwan Video Club and the aesthetics of analog video as a medium that encodes the migrations, translations, and global networks of the late twentieth century.
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