FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Claire Kim

Claire Jean Kim is Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine, where she teaches classes on comparative race studies and human-animal studies. Her first book, Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (Yale University Press 2000) won two awards from the American Political Science Association: the Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Book on Ethnic and Cultural Pluralism and the Best Book Award from the Organized Section on Race and Ethnicity.  Her second book, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press 2015), received the Best Book Award from the the APSA’s Organized Section on Race and Ethnicity as well. Dr. Kim has also written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and essays. She is the past recipient of a grant from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, and she has been a fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. She is currently working on a book entitled, Asian Americans in an Anti-black World.

Nikhil Pal Singh

Nikhil Pal Singh is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program. A historian of the civil rights movement, foreign policy and national security in the 20th-century United States, his most recent book is Race and America’s Long War (University of California Press, 2017). He is also the author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), and author and editor with Jack O’Dell of Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder; The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell. A new book Imperial Futures: Decolonization and the Origins of US Globalism is in-progress, and forthcoming from Harvard University Press next year. Singh’s writing and historian interviews have appeared in a number of more public venues, including Boston Review, New York Magazine, N+1, TIME, the New Republic, The Intercept, and NPRs Open Source, and Code Switch.

Iyko Day

Iyko Day is Associate Professor of English and Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College and Co-Chair of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. Her research focuses on Asian North American literature and visual culture; settler colonialism and racial capitalism; Marxian theory and queer of color critique. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke, 2016) and she co-edits the book series Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality for Temple University Press.

Ben Tran

Ben Tran is an Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focus on modern Vietnamese literature and culture, twentieth-century Southeast Asian literature, postcolonial studies, colonial modernity, and translation studies. His first book, Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam, examines how the radical 1919 displacement of the 1000-year-old Chinese-influenced mandarinal system by a French baccalaureate curriculum created the conditions for modern Vietnamese literature. He is currently working on two projects: one on what he calls “literary dubbing” and a second one on the conceptual history of air in modern Vietnam. He has published in PMLA, positions: asia critique, Modern Fiction Studies, and Cultural Critique. In a previous career, he was a contributor to the BBC and NPR as a journalist, commentator, and book reviewer.

Moon-Ho Jung

Moon-Ho Jung (pronounced like Jungle) teaches U.S. history and Asian American Studies at the University of Washington.  He’s the author of Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation (2006) and the editor of The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific (2014). He’s now completing a book project titled The Unruly Pacific: Race and the Politics of Empire and Revolution, 1898-1941 (under contract with the University of California Press).

Josephine Lee

Josephine Lee is a professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the general editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Pacific Islander Literature and Culture. Her books include The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2010) and Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage (1997). She was the co-editor for Asian American Plays for a New Generation (with R.A. Shiomi and Don Eitel, 2011) and Re/collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History (with Imogene Lim and Yuko Matsukawa, 2002) as well as the forthcoming Cambridge University Press collection Asian American Literature in Transition, Volume I: 1850-1930 (with Julia H. Lee). Her other writing includes essays on modern drama, contemporary performance, and Asian American studies.

At the University of Minnesota, she received both the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education and the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She is also the recipient of a 2006 Leadership Award from the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.

FACULTY:

Sucheta Mazumdar (Duke, History) and Selina Lai Henderson (DKU, Humanities), Leo Ching (Duke AMES/ICS), Adriane Lentz (Duke History), Priscilla Wald (Duke English/GSF), Rey Chow (Duke, Lit), Jennifer Ho (UNC, English, Omid Safi (Duke, DISC/AMES), Lee Baker (Duke Cultural Anthropology), Wahneema Lubiano (Duke, African & African American Studies/Lit)

STUDENT ACTIVISTS:

Christina Hsu Azene

Christina has extensive experience managing multi-disciplinary teams and launching stakeholder engagement efforts for organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  Christina currently works as a cybersecurity consultant where she leads threat assessment teams and advises Fortune 500 clients on critical risk management and strategic security investment decisions.  She has previously worked at the Arnold Foundation, New Teacher Project, and federal government. Christina was a Fulbright scholar in China and David L Boren graduate fellow in Japan. She earned a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University and bachelor’s in public policy from Duke University (Trinity ’03).  

Stanley Yuan

Stanley graduated from Duke in 2016, having been involved in a number of different student organizing groups and initiatives. He was pulled into activism during his first-year at Duke, when he was a part of the “Asia Prime” party protests that served as a catalyst to restart the push for Asian American Studies at Duke. In the years after, he served as the president of the Asian American Alliance, interned at the Women’s Center, was a member of Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity, facilitated Common Ground, performed in Me Too Monologues, and was on the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) Conference team. He is especially interested in the intersection of technology and social justice. A current resident of Seattle, Stanley is working as a software engineer at Microsoft.

Christine Lee

Christine Lee is a graduate of Duke University (Trinity ’18), where she studied Public Policy, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and History; and was heavily involved in the Asian Students Association (ASA) and the formation of Duke’s Asian American Studies Program (AASP). Born in Memphis, TN, she is also passionate about creating spaces for Asian/American Southerners to continue to develop the growing narrative of what it means to be Asian/American in the South. Lee is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU).

Helen Yang

Helen Yang is currently a senior at Duke University, pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Political Science, alongside a minor in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently the director of Duke’s Asian American Studies Working Group, a co-founder of the National Coalition of Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies, an executive member of Asian American Alliance, and an active member of Duke’s People State of the University. Her academic interests lie in critical discourse analysis, critical theory, and psychoanalysis, and she hopes to apply this academic intersection of language, politics, and culture onto creating tangible social change for those who feel the ills of economic and racial injustice.