April 22, 1999 – David Palumbo-Liu: “Interdisciplinary Formations of Asian America”

Thursday, April 22 | 4:00 pm | Oakes Mural Room

Professor Palumbo-Liu’s talk is intended to be a wide-ranging discussion of the study of Asian America in global and local frames. It will center on his forthcoming book, Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier, in which he traces the formation of Asian America in conjunction with modern American national identity. Possible topics of discussion include racial hybridity and body imaging from the 1930s to the present day; links to migrancy; cyberspace, and Asia Pacific space; post-Confucianism and the new discourse of democracy; the materialism of Asian American literature; and the restructuring of Asian American urban space as Pacific Rim space.

David Palumbo-Liu is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford. He has published articles on ethnic studies, cultural studies, and Asian and Asian American studies in journals such as Poetics Todaydifferences, Cultural Critique, Public Culture, and diacritics. He is a member of the editorial collective of positions: east asia cultures critique, and a contributing editor of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. His fourth book, Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier, will appear in May from Stanford University Press.

Sponsored by the Asia-Pacific-America Research Cluster.