The 2015 national conference of the Association for Asian American Studies took place April 22-25 in Chicago/Evanston, Illinois. Several members of UConn’s Asian and Asian American Studies Institute’s faculty were in attendance. This year marks the 35th annual meeting focused on the theme “The Trans/National Imaginary: Global Cities and Racial Borderlands”.
Co-chairs Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (Ohio State University) and Thuy Linh Tu (New York University) stated in their call for papers:
The 2015 annual meeting of AAAS will take place fifty years after the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965 and forty years after the end of the Viet Nam War in 1975. Both events reshaped Asian/American and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S. by accelerating and diversifying migration and settlement. As the fastest growing racial group in the U.S., Asian/Americans and Pacific Islanders have increased in terms of numbers as well as in ethnic/national make-up and expanded in residential concentrations beyond the west coast, spatial shifts that have spurred on a host of other social and cultural changes.
This flow of Asian and Pacific Islander people and goods have not been unidirectional, nor has it simply left intact the civil rights and cold war framing of the U.S. nation. Rather, it has brought to light the military histories, imperial legacies, economic exigencies, and cultural longings that have made certain forms of migration and settlement possible and others unimaginable. Having been both the embraced and the expelled, the indigenous and the ever foreign, Asian/Americans and Pacific Islanders have transformed the social life and cultural imaginary of the American nation, even as they have posed tremendous challenges to its nation-building practices.
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