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Performing Asian/Americas: Converging Movements

Conveners: Alice Ming Wai Jim, Lok Siu and Beatrice Glow

Despite widespread presence of Asians in the Americas since the 16th century, Asians/Asianness have not been embraced as part of the New World Formation/Identity. Their status of non- or partial belonging is evidenced in Anti-Asian policies of exclusion, expulsion, and episodic violence throughout history. How is cultural-political identity negotiated and performed in this context? The work group approaches Asian/Americas comparatively and intersectionally to be attentive to the convergences and divergences of cross-ethnic and cross-racial identifications, political strategies and practices, and processes of gendered racialization.

Biographies

Alice Ming Wai Jim is an art historian and independent curator based in Montreal. She is currently Associate Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Concordia University and Co-Editor, with Alexandra Chang (NYU), of the new scholarly journal, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill), to be launched in 2015.

Lok Siu teaches in Ethnic Studies at UCB. She works in the areas of diaspora, cultural citizenship/belonging, gendered racialization, cultural politics of food, and Asians in the Americas. Her books include Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama (2005) and Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions (2007).

Beatrice Glow merges art, social practice, and autoethnography. She published Taparaco Myth, a book on Asian Diaspora in Peru, and is currently birthing a Floating Library. Honors that she has received include Fulbright Scholar, HNYPN Emerging Artist Fellow, Franklin Furnace Fund, NYU Visiting Scholar, and Obsessions Collective.

Participants

Alvis Choi
Ana Paulina Lee
Andréa Cristiane Moraes Soares
Itzayana Gutiérrez Arillo
Jack Tchen
Kim Huynh
Mary Sui Yee Wong
Parker Mah
Patricia Nguyen
Sean Metzger
Tracy Zhang
Takeo Rivera
Anh-Thuy Nguyen