Marilyn Chin will be introduced with commentary by Williams College professor Dorothy Wang.
"In the land of missing pronouns
Sun is a continuous performance
And we my love are nothing"
Professor Parikh's talk, "An Aesthetics of Kin and the Rights of the Child in Minor U.S. Literatures," comes from her recently released book, Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). Books will be available for purchase at the lecture.
Human rights are usually understood to be that which Americans deliver unto others elsewhere, with little direct meaning for U.S. legal discourse, domestic political struggle, or American literary and cultural studies back at home. Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color instead proposes human rights as a method for reading “minor literatures,” or fiction authored by contemporary U.S. writers of color. By engaging the ethical deliberations that these minor literatures stage, it explores the conditions under which new norms, more capacious formulations of rights, and alternative kinds of political community emerge. Drawn from the conclusion of Writing Human Rights, this lecture examines in particular the rights of the child and the “right to family,” in tandem with the aesthetics of kin advanced by minor literatures.
Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, Vuong has received honors from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two as a child refugee. He lives Western Massachusetts and teaches at UMass Amherst's MFA for Poets & Writers.
We hope you can attend this talk by UMass Amerst alum Anita Mannur, Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at Miami University Ohio.
This year, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. That experience and the heroic military exploits of Japanese Americans, some of whom served even as their families remained behind barbed wire enclosures have been widely studied but the War involved other major Asian American groups as well, in fascinating and complex ways.This panel of scholars will discuss the War and its impact upon these communities as well as the ways in which members participated both on battlefields and on the home front.
Panelists include: Greg Robinson, Professor of History at l’Universite du Quebec A Montreal and Franklin Odo, John J. McCloy Visiting Professor at Amherst College on Japanese Americans; Richard Chu, Five Colleges Professor of History at UMass Amherst on Filipino Americans; Lili Kim, Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations at Hampshire College on Korean Americans; and K. Scott Wong, the Charles R. Keller Professor of History at Williams College on Chinese Americans. There will be a Q&A session following the presentations.
Please join us for an evening to share and celebrate Five College APA Faculty accomplishments - written, visual, and performative.
We will have short presentations celebrating:
Floyd Cheung's Sadakichi Hartmann: Collected Poems, 1886-1944
Iyko Day's Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism
Franklin Odo's new edited "Theme Study" on historic sites for Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans published by the National Park Service
Q.M. Zhang's (Kim Chang) Accomplice to Memory