I’ll be at the Association of Asian American Studies in Miami for these two events:
Get Lit in Miami!
Friday, April 29, 7-9p, The Cafe at Books and Books, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
You are cordially invited to an Association of Asian American Studies Conference offsite literary reading (with happy hour!), co-curated by Kundiman, Kaya, and the Asian American Literary Review.
Readers include: Cathy Linh Che, Ed Lin, Naomi Hirahara, Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis, Timothy Yu & Ching-In Chen
Note: There are several locations for Books & Books. This reading is at the location within a five-minute walk from the AAAS conference site.
Sunday, April 30, 1:15-2:45p, Concierto Ballroom C
AAAS panel: Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets Encounter the South
Panelists: Vidhu Aggarwal, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Ching-In Chen, Shamala Gallagher, Sarah Gambito
To live in the American South requires finding a way to understand oneself against a history of structural racial violence: to conceptualize oneself, implicitly or explicitly, in relation to the powerful black/white narrative of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and Civil Rights. Perhaps more than any other American region, the South is constituted in national and global cultural imaginaries by a story about race. In this story, Asian American subject positions are largely muted. To be an Asian American poet in the South, then, is to confront a master narrative in which one’s own subject position has no place; it is to insert oneself into this story as a rogue element, a destabilizing and complexifying force. Just as Asian Americans have been figured as outsiders in this country, the Asian American poetic utterance occurs at the margins of the Southern racial story, seeking to deepen and transform it from there.
In this formally hybrid panel—half poetry reading, half critical dialogue—the poets of Kundiman, an Asian American poetry collective, will speak to questions of what it could mean to be Asian American in the South. We will read poems that address Southern geographies—cultural, emotional, economic, ecological, visual—in order to offer visions toward a fuller and more nuanced understanding of Southern racial terrain. In this endeavor, we seek not to displace or downplay the intense realities of black Southern subjugation and liberation: instead, in claiming our presence in Southern space, we strive toward a self-articulation that is simultaneous with a multifaceted solidarity. Speaking from a multiplicity of Asian American subject positions, we will explore possibilities for connection with the heterogeneous communities of color living in the South—examining, for example, Asian American relationships to settler colonialism and indigenous rights as well as to questions of Latin American migration and border politics. In reaching across the critical/creative divide, this panel formally echoes the complicated and innovative work of boundary-crossing that Asian Americans must undertake in order to write ourselves into the Southern story.