113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Asian American Literature

Session Chair: 
Traise Yamamoto, University of California, Riverside
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Galleria I (PH-ET)


  1. Seonna Kim, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    This paper analyzes Heinz Insu Fenkl’s autobiographical fiction, Memories of My Ghost Brother, to examine the ways in which it discloses the transpacific bio/thanatopolitics under the ROK-US Cold War alliance that rendered Korean camptown children stateless and ghostly and to interrogate the politics and poetics of being haunted.
  2. Marie Lo, Portland State University
    If, as Helen Jun argues, model minority discourse posits Asian Americans as ideal neoliberal subjects, then how do we situate model minority discourse in relation to neoliberal environmentalism? How do we read Asian American literature eco-critically in the age of the Anthropocene?
  3. Sharon Tran, University of California - Los Angeles
    This paper critically engages with the so-called phenomenon of "Asian cuteness" through an examination of Hello Kitty and Chang-rae Lee's futuristic novel On Such a Full Sea. I probe how the political aesthetics of kawaii allow us to theorize a new feminist and disabled notion of social and political collectivity.  
  4. Vivian Chin, Mills College
    In addition to considering what Ramon Saldívar has posited as the “postrace aesthetic” as it applies to Chang-rae Lee’s novel, On Such A Full Sea, this paper addresses the metafictional aspect of Lee’s collective narrator, transethnic positioning, and the precious voice of Lee’s narration and its appeal to a reading public.  
Session Cancelled: