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CANCELED: Archival Dramaturgy: Suspicion and the Documents of Transnational Passage.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ju Yon Kim, Harvard University

In this talk, Kim examine the bureaucratic documents and interactions at the center of efforts to enforce and evade restrictions on Chinese entry into the United States in the early 20th century. She argues that the interstices between paper and performance became sites of struggles between inspectors and applicants as both parties used the gap between what can be documented and what is embodied and experienced, in the inspection room and in the everyday, to make their claims about an applicant's right to enter the United States.

Ju Yon Kim is a Professor of English at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American literature and performance; modern and contemporary American theater and drama; and cross-racial and intercultural performance. She's the author of "The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday," which received the 2016 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in "Theatre Journal," "Modern Drama," "The Journal of Transnational American Studies," "Modernism/modernity," "Theatre Survey," and the "Journal of Asian American Studies." She recently completed a three-year tenure as the book review editor of "Modern Drama." Kim received her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and her B.A. in English from Yale University.