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Afro/Asian Connections in the Local/Global South: 2 day conference

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. 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 explores 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)
Donald Pease (Dartmouth)
Claire Kim (UC Irvine)
and local participants

Student activists:
Christina Hsu Azene (Trinity 2003)
Stanley Yuan (Trinity 2016)
Christine Lee (Trinity 2018)
Helen Yang (Trinity 2019)

Contact: Ryan Ku