Kundiman Asian American Specularity reading & discussion panel this weekend @ WisCon in Madison!

Excited to attend my 1st WisCon with Kundiman friends!

Reading today/Saturday 4-5:15p as part of the Kundiman Asian American Specularity: Robots Speak Back! reading @ WisCon 41 in Conference Rm 4 @ Madison Concourse with Vidhu Aggarwal, Margaret Rhee & Timothy Yu!

On Sunday, we will participate in the Reframing Techno-orientalisms: Asian Diasporic Speculative Literatures and Media discussion panel in Conference 3 @ Madison Concourse. In this discussion panel, scholars and writers of speculative literature will rethink techno-orientalist configurations of Asian diasporic subjects in film, writing, and media. Even as Asian bodies have been depicted as robotic, mechanical, and reflective of futuristic anxieties, Asian diasporic scholars and writers have continued to rework machine tropes in poetry, film, and other genres. In U.S. science fiction film and fiction (Blade Runner, Neuromancer, Snow Crash), the foreignness of Asia is aligned with exotic technological innovation. In relation to such persistent tropes in contemporary science fiction film and literature, Asian writers and artists in the diaspora discuss various cross-cultural interventions via alternative futurisms, recombinant texts, and speculative media projects in their writing, scholarship, and teaching. Margaret Rhee will discuss the representations of Asian American woman and labor in the films Ex-Machina and Blade Runner. Ching-In Chen will discuss Asian diasporic speculative re-writings in the work of Larissa Lai and Cathy Park Hong. Vidhu Aggarwal, Noel Mariano and others will discuss “Asian American” as a cyborg/speculative assemblage identity.

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