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

Asian Literature

Session Chair: 
Ji Nang Kim, Texas A&M University
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Salon II (ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Yasutaka Maruki, Pacific University
    Han, a Korean concept of resentment, describes one’s inner strength to overcome challenges in life. Yūgen, Japanese aesthetic concept of mystery and darkness, characterizes the abstract beauty that is found in Noh, traditional Japanese theater. Even though Han and Yūgen are seemingly unrelated, they share common characteristics. 
  2. Danielle Cofer, University of Rhode Island
    Interpreter of Maladies (1999) depicts a variety of characters facing entanglements with romantic relationships and difficult transitions as they move from east to west, and at times from west to east. Jhumpa Lahiri uses public and private space to reflect characters’ desire for compartmentalizing identity formation.
  3. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington
    My paper reads Tran Vu’s Dragon Hunt (1999), together with Thi Diem Thuy The Gangster We Are All Looking For (2003), as stories of collective, diasporic, trans-generational silence, trauma, and haunting to examine how memories of the dead and death are carried away over temporal and geographical distance onto people who are dis- and relocated while surviving a precarious life as refugees.  
Session Cancelled: