While the year 2020 is known around the world as a time when everything changed, the year marked an especially different turn for the Asian American community. Many have interpreted the recent waves of shocking racist attacks and anti-Asian sentiments targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities as a direct link to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. However, in reality, it is critical to understand that the voice of anti-Asian violence and hate is far from being a new concept in America. In fact, anti-Asian racism and discrimination, such as ideas of Sinophobia and yellow peril, have always been deeply rooted in the historical and cultural fabric of the nation as early as the 19th century, when the first AAPI immigrants arrived on American shores. Now, more than ever, in light of the recurring history of anti-Asian racism and violence, it is time for all to re-consider and take action on the long-neglected issues of Asian-American trauma, recovery, and care. In tune with the 2022 convention theme, this roundtable session aims to open up discussion to different representations, analyses, and interpretations of trauma and/or care in Asian American history, literature, and studies.
This panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of studies in Asian American literature and/or Asian American studies. Related comparative or interdisciplinary research, diaspora studies, and (multi-)cultural studies in tune with the NeMLA 2022 convention theme “Care” are especially welcome.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a short bio, and any media needs through the NeMLA submission page below by September 30, 2021.