American Crossroads Conference (Apr. 16, 2009): Migration, Communities, and Race (UT Austin)

UT Austin Conference
American Crossroads: Migration, Communities, and Race

April 16, 2009
9:00 – 5:30pm
Texas Union Eastwoods Room, UNB 2.102

This conference convenes scholars of race, activism, and migration to explore comparative trajectories of racialization and community building among Asian, African, and Latino Americans. We encourage the sharing of questions and research problems across ethnic divides to advance our understanding of the coalitions, conflicts, and intersections that distinguish and yet entwine these groups. Our three panels focus on urban communities, activism, and racial discourses.

9-9:15 Opening Remarks Eiichiro Azuma (UPenn, UT Harrington Fellow)

9:30-11:30 Activism
Chair: Joao Vargas (UT/ANT)
* Irene Garza (UT/AMS): New Shades of Cooperation: Korean and Latino Organizing in Los Angeles and the future of Immigrant Rights
* Daryl Maeda (UCo): Homelands, Nations, and Third World Solidarities:   The Little Tokyo Peoples Rights Organization and Spatial Claims in the 1970s
* Judy Wu (OSU): Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Peace Activism and Womens Orientalism

12:45-2:45 Urban Communities
Chair/comment: Nestor Rodriguez (UT/SOC)
* Scott Kurashige (Michigan): “Bowling Together: Black and Japanese Americans in Crenshaw”
* Eric Tang (UIC): On Alternative Citizenships: The Vietnamese Americans of Black New Orleans East
* Katherine McKittrick (Queens University): Geo-Poetics: What Urbicide and Inventories Can Tell Us About Urban Life

3:30-5:30 Discourses of Race
Chair: Julia Lee (UT/ENG)
* Caroline Yang (Wesleyan): “Reading the Asian Worker in Asian American and African American Literature.”
* Lisa Yun (SUNY Binghamton): Nineteenth Century Afro-Asian Intersections in the Americas: Implications for Contemporary Discourses on Race and Migration
* Fred Ho (jazz musician, activist, independent scholar): Nobody Knows the Trouble Ive Seen: A Comparative Socio-Historical Analysis between African Americans and Asian Americans

Conference is free of charge and open to all audiences.

For more information please contact The Center for Asian American Studies (512) 232-9468 or email Kenyatta Dawson or visit

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