116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies I: Exile, Memory, and Affect

Session Chair: 
LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 154


  1. Sukyoung Sukie Kim, Tufts University
    I argue that Patricia Park's Re Jane is not merely a Korean American adaptation of Jane Eyre, but a rewriting in which Park’s poetics is also a political praxis to write against what Jane Eyre symbolizes as a dominant Western narrative of liberalism and individualism.
  2. Angie Sijun Lou, University of California Santa Cruz
    This paper discusses acts of martyrdom in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee in order to complicate Achille Mbembe's notion of "death-worlds," which is based solely in the geospatial policing of bodies. Cha's lyric essay explicates how states also sanitize immaterial resonances such as mythology, burial, and ritual to construct a totalizing apparatus of control over the living.
  3. Jane Im, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    I argue that Younghill Kang uses allusions, quotations, and pastiche to dramatize the protagonist Chungpa Han's feelings. Using the emotion han, that is rooted in Korean culture, I contend that the allusive patterns in Kang's novels not only enact sad feelings but also control and sublimate them. 
  4. Thaomi Michelle Dinh, University of Washington - Seattle
    This paper aims to understand the relationship between history, memory, and trauma in post-war Asian American visual art. As later generations of Asian Americans, equipped with their families’ memories, attend to silences and trauma, I consider how visual artists are creating new epistemologies for recognizing and speaking against liberal narratives.
Session Cancelled: