Monthly Archives: October 2007

Asian American Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (Illinois)

Asian American Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2008-2009
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Asian American Studies Program (AASP) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks two postdoctoral fellows for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Applicants should conduct research germane to Asian American studies. Proposed research projects should have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field.

During their stay at UIUC, postdoctoral fellows will be expected to participate in research, teaching, and service. While research is the primary responsibility, fellows will be expected to teach an introductory-level course in Asian American Studies during the second semester in residence. Fellows are expected to give one talk on campus on their research project.

The stipend for 2008-2009 year will be $42,000. In addition, $5,000 will be provided for research, travel, and related expenses. Full fringe benefits will be available during the 12-month appointment period. The program will provide the fellow with office space and routine office support for photocopying, faxing, mailing, etc.

A doctoral degree, in hand, is required by July 16, 2008. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed their degrees in the past five years. Both postdoctoral fellowships will begin on August 16, 2008, are for one year, and are non-renewable.

To apply, candidates should submit four collated application packets. Each packet should include a curriculum vita, a statement of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship year, and a sample of scholarly writing (10-25 pages). Official graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation (including one letter from the dissertation advisor) should be sent directly to the Program to complete the file.

Application material should be sent to: Post Doc Review Committee, Asian American Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1208 West Nevada Street, MC 142, Urbana, IL 61801.

To guarantee full consideration, application materials should be submitted to the AASP office by 5:00 p.m. on February 29, 2008.

For further information: Contact the Asian American Studies Program at (217) 244-9530 or aaspATuiucDOTedu. For further information on the Asian American Studies Program, please visit our web site:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an AA/Equal Opportunity Employer.

ISAAC at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meetings


ISAAC and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College are co-sponsoring a reception at the upcoming American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in San Diego this November 17-20. Come and join us as ISAAC launches the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17th, 9-11 PM

WHERE: San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Manchester 2


AAR/SBL Sessions with Asian American Themes
The Evangelical Theological Society, which meets before the AAR/SBL, also has sessions with Asian or Asian American themes – scroll down to view these.

S17-103: Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics
Saturday, 11/17/2007
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Betsy C – GH

Theme: Panel Review of Uriah Kim, Decolonizing Josiah: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomisitc History (Sheffield Phoenix, 2006)

Seung-Ai Yang, University of Saint Thomas, Presiding

Gina Hens-Piazza, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Panelist
Frank Yamada, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Panelist
Niels Lemche, University of Copenhagen, Panelist
Jane Iwamura, University of Southern California, Panelist
Uriah Kim, Hartford Seminary, Respondent


S18-51: Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics
Sunday, 11/18/2007
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Edward A – GH

Theme: Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics: Interpreting the Text

Uriah Kim, Hartford Seminary, Presiding

Chloe Sun, Logos Evangelical Seminary
From Margin to Center: Joseph’s Navigation and Negotiation of His Own Identity and Its Implications for Asian American Identity (30 min)

Janette Ok, Princeton Theological Seminary
The Necessity and Glory of Suffering in Romans 5:1-5: A Korean American Hermeneutic of (30 min)

Moa Imchen, Graduate Theological Union
An Ecological Reading of Psalm 8 with New Eyes through Naga Creation Myth (30 min)


A17-308: Women and Religion Section and Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Saturday, 11/17/07
4:00 pm-6:30 pm
Room: CC-30B

Theme: Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Religion and Theology

Rita Nakashima Brock, Faith Voices for the Common Good, Presiding

Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School
Rachel A. R. Bundang, Santa Clara University
Katie G. Cannon, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education
Tat-siong Benny Liew, Pacific School of Religion


A18-262: Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Sunday, 11/18/07
3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Room: GH-Edward D

Theme: Negotiating Postcolonialism/Postcoloniality

Anne Joh, Phillips Theological Seminary, Presiding

Jane Wei-Jen Liang, Drew University
Boyung Lee, Pacific School of Religion
Nami Kim, Spelman College


Rudy V. Busto, University of California, Santa Barbara

Business Meeting:

Anne Joh, Phillips Theological Seminary, Presiding
Su Yon Pak, Union Theological Seminary, New York, Presiding


S18-103: Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics
Sunday, 11/18/2007
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Del Mar – MM

Theme: Theory and Practice

Jeffrey Kuan, Pacific School of Religion, Presiding

Rajkumar Boaz Johnson, North Park University Theological Seminary
Use of the Old Testament in Indian Christian Theology with Focus on Some Recent Trends (30 min)

Surekha John Nelavala, Drew University
Autobiography as a Method and Motif: Towards Dalit Feminist Hermeneutics (30 min)

Thanh V. Nguyen, Catholic Theological Union
Reading “The Friend at Midnight” (Luke 11:5-8) from an Asian Perspective (30 min)


A19-105: Ethics Section and Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group and Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group
Monday, 11/19/07
9:00 am-11:30 am
Room: CC-25B

Theme: Native, Immigrant, or Refugee? Cultural Identity in a Shifting Environment

Carmen Marie Nanko-Fernandez, Catholic Theological Union, Presiding

K. Christine Pae, Union Theological Seminary, New York
Making Post-colonial Christian Social Ethics in the Clash of Masculinities: Women’s Migration and Military Prostitution in South Korea

Fred Glennon, Le Moyne College
Wanted but Not Welcome: An Ethical Analysis and Comparison of the Labor Abuses Generated by China’s Hukou System of Internal Migration and the US “Guest Worker” Program

Kristi Laughlin, Graduate Theological Union
Latino Popular Catholicism: Shaping the Moral Vision and Ethos of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Jessica Wrobleski, Yale University
Borders of Hospitality: Christian Responses to Immigration


Otto A. Maduro, Drew University


A19-106: Philosophy of Religion Section
Monday, 11/19/07
9:00 am-11:30 am
Room CC-28B

Theme: Author Meets Critics: David Kyuman Kim, Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics

Rudy V. Busto, University of California, Santa Barbara, Presiding


Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group, Inc.
Cornel West, Princeton University


David Kyuman Kim, Connecticut College

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Asian and Asian American themes at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society – November 14-16, 2007 (Wed.-Fri.) at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. Thank you Steve Hu for alerting us to these sessions!

Wednesday, November 14
Pacific Salon Four
Asian Christian Thought
Moderator: Edwin Yamauchi (Miami University of Ohio)

9:20-10:00 a.m.
Sang-Hoon Kim (Chongshin Theological Seminary)
Simple Syntactical Arrangement of the Korean Version of the Bible and Its Practical Usages for the Korean Church

10:10-10:50 a.m.
Dale W. Little (Japan Bible Seminary and Tokyo Christian University)
Doing Cross-Cultural Evangelical Theology in Japan: Theological and Phenomenological Observations

11:00-11:40 a.m.
David Eung-Yul Ryoo (Chongshin Theological Seminary)
Hyungnong Park and His Preaching

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Wednesday, November 14
Pacific Salon Two
Asian-American Christian Thought
Moderator: Dongsu Kim (Nyack College)

2:30-3:10 p.m.
Benjamin Shin (Biola University)
Obstacles to Obedience

3:20-4:00 p.m.
Sheryl Takagi Silzer (Wycliffe Bible Translators)
Dutiful Obedience: Confucian Legacy for Asian Christians

4:10-4:50 p.m.
Sung Wook Chung (Denver Theological Seminary)
Korean/Korean-American Evangelical Theology and Spirituality: Its Contribution to the Diversity and Unity of Evangelical Tradition

5:00-5:40 p.m.
Jinkyu Kim (The First Korean Church of Brooklyn)
Challenging the Accepted Western Hermeneutics: Is There an Original, Historical Referent in Biblical Prophecy?

Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology features Young Lee Hertig article

Young Lee Hertig’s article, “Why Asian American Evangelical Theologies?” was published in the Journ of Asian and Asian American Theology (Vol. 7). Dr. Hertig is the Vice President and Southern California Director for ISAAC. Other contributors to this issue include Chan-Hie Kim, Eleazer S. Fernandez, Andrew Sung Park, Samuel Donald, Kyong-Jae Kim, and Jeong Ho Yang. JAAAT is published by The Center for Pacific and Asian-American Ministries at the Claremont School of Theology. Contact Dr. Kil Sang Yoon, the Center’s Executive Director, for more information. The mailing address is:

The Center for Pacific and Asian-American Ministries
Claremont School of Theology
1325 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-7701

cfp: Southeast Asians in the Diaspora Conference, Apr 15-16, 2008

Southeast Asians in the Diaspora Conference

Call for Proposals

Location: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
Date: 15-16 April 2008
Submission Deadline: Postmarked or Emailed by 16 November 2007.

This two-day conference examines the emerging field of Southeast Asian/ American studies, which because of specific histories of colonialism and imperialism, has produced subjects and objects of analysis that confound categories of diaspora, citizenship, and affiliation. Studies of the Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese diasporas investigate and trouble the structuring effects of Cold War geopolitics; while studies of Hmong, Mien, Cham, and other stateless ethnicities necessarily reconsider the bases for global and local practices of identification as well as strategic claims to rights and resources.

Given this, the field foregrounds important epistemological and methodological shifts that productively disrupt the analytic conventions of area studies, American studies, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies. Thinking across these fields, Southeast Asian/American studies fulfills the intellectual and political promise of what Kandice Chuh imagines as “studies in comparative racialization and intersectional projects that deliberately unravel seemingly stable distinctions among identificatory categories and disciplinary divisions.” Complicating the examination of nationalisms and transnationalisms, Southeast Asian/American studies questions the circulation of, the negotiation with, or challenges to the knowledge regimes of U.S. nation and empire.

In order to explore the dissolution of disciplinary distinctions and the complexities of intersectional analyses, we are soliciting papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, films, videos, readings, and performances.  Submissions are open to scholars, artists, and community members.  This is an interdisciplinary event welcoming individual and panel proposals from a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, queer studies, literature, history, sociology, art history, visual cultures, political science, ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, performance studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, Asian studies and area studies, the performing arts, film or video making, writing, and community activism and leadership.  Participants will be informed of acceptance in December 2007.

The conference is being held to coincide with the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) conference in Chicago, 16-20 April 2008.  As a note, AAAS does have limited funding for which graduate students may apply.

Panel or Roundtable Proposal

1.  A one-page description of your panel or roundtable
2.  One-page abstracts of each paper or presenter
3.  One-page CV from each presenter, the panel chair, and/or
the discussant or facilitator
4.  AV needs
5.  Contact information for each participant

Individual Paper Proposal

1.  A one-page abstract of your paper
2.  One-page CV
3.  AV needs
4.  Contact information

Performance, Reading, Video or Film Proposal

1.  A one-page description of your project
2.  A one-page artist resume
3.  If a film, video, or performance, send a sample video or
DVD, if available (this can be returned to you upon request)
4.  AV needs
5.  Contact information

Please mail all materials to

Fiona I. B. Ngô,


Asian American Studies Program
1208 W. Nevada St., MC-142
Urbana, IL 61801


Fiona I.B. Ngô           OR          Mimi Nguyen
(217) 265-6240

For updates and more information:

Fiona I.B. Ngô
Asian American Studies Program and
Gender and Women’s Studies Program
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1208 W. Nevada St., MC-142
Urbana, IL 61801