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

Comparative American Ethnic Literature I

Session Chair: 
Martin Japtok, Palomar College
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
McKenzie (PMCC)


  1. Katie Sciurba, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
    By combining interview data from a group of boys of color at an urban single sex school with a textual examination that links The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I argue that essentialist notions related to the reading practices of Black, Latino, and Asian young men need to be reexamined.   
  2. Barbara Seidman, Linfield College
    Aimee Phan’s 2004 short story collection We Should Never Meet depicts four Amerasian children brought to the U.S. in 1975 as part of Operation Babylift.  Their diverse experiences produce equally divergent responses to their hybridity within post-Vietnam America, and all four subvert familiar literary paradigms regarding ethnic identity formation in the U.S.  
  3. Maria Theresa Valenzuela, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
    This paper explores the role of Japanese popular culture in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and its transnational link to online scanlations. In particular, the eponymous Oscar and his friend Yunior negotiate the boundaries of Dominican manliness through their consumption of Japanese popular film Akira (1988). 
Session Cancelled: