Afro/Asian Connections: Asian American Studies in the Local/Global South

Duke Asian American Studies Program (AASP) Inaugural Conference


Thursday Nov 29 – Friday 30, 2018
Franklin Humanities Institute
Ahmedieh Family Lecture Hall
(Smith Warehouse Bay 4, C105)
Location Info & Map

This conference invites scholars and activists in and outside of Asian American Studies for an open dialogue on how to envision Asian American Studies at Duke and the American South. Since its origins in San Francisco State University at the height of the civil rights and antiwar movements of the global sixties, Asian American Studies has its roots in intersectional community and coalition building with allied social movements such as civil rights, women’s rights, and third world decolonization. On Duke campus, Asian American activism also has strong ties to African American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. However, these communities have faced challenges in building coalitions for common goals, institutionally siloed into competing enclaves for resources and visibility. This conference attempts to explore how a program focused on Asians in America, a diverse constituency traditionally invisible in US national culture, both faces obstacles and is particularly germane in the south, where race has historically been hypervisible. Afro/Asian Connections looks back at common histories and looks ahead at how to harness that energy as we begin the hard work of building new communities and coalitions, toward a program that is at once grounded in the local South and globally engaged with the global South.

Featured Speakers:
Nikhil Pal Singh (NYU)
Moon-ho Jung (U Washington)
Josephine Lee (Minnesota)
Iyko Day (Mt. Holyoke)
Ben Tran (Vanderbilt)
Eng-Beng Lim (Dartmouth)
Claire Kim (Irvine)
And other local participants

Student Activists:

Christina Azene (Class of ’03)
Stanley Yuan (Class of ’16)
Christine Lee (Class of ’18)
Helen Yang (Class of ’19)

Co-Sponsored by Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) and Humanities Futures, Dean of Humanities, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), English, History, Cultural Anthropology, Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Theater Studies, Literature.

For a parking pass, please contact Anisa Khalifa at