Performing Asian/Americas: Converging Movements

Conveners: Alice Ming Wai Jim, Beatrice Glow, Jack Tchen, Lok Siu

Despite the long history of Asian presence in the Americas, at least as early as 1565, “Asianness" has not been particularly embraced as part of the "New World" identity. The result of this historical legacy has meant that the presence of Asians in the hemisphere has been largely ignored, marginalized, misrepresented, and/or silenced. This teach-in seeks to open dialogue across the Hemi network about transhistorical and translocal perspectives on both these exclusions and the vibrant cultural and political practices and histories of Asian communities across the Americas.

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.

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.

Jack Tchen (John Kuo-Wei Tchen) is a professor at New York University, the author of New York Before Chinatown, and co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America.

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).

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Montréal): Concordia University, John Molson School of Business
  • Date: June 25, 2014