Asian Americans and the Post Racial

full name / name of organization: 
Association for Asian American Studies
contact email: 
ychang9@gmu.edu

Call for Papers
Emergent Cartographies:
Asian American Studies in the Twenty-first Century
Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual Conference
UT Austin, Texas April 7-11, 2010

Asian Americans and the Post-Racial

The election of the first African American President in the US has given rise to vocal claims that the America is now “post-racial.” Equally vocal are contestations to that argument; the symbolic value of a black President is poor compensation for the continuing racial and class inequity that large swaths of the African American population continue to experience. This panel asks: What does the “post-racial” mean in relation to Asian Americans? How does a group who has often been invisible in mainstream racial discourse claim legibility when the racial discourse they seek to enter is trending, in some arenas, to
erase itself? Papers in all disciplines are welcome. Topics can include, but are not limited to the post-racial aesthetic in literature, the relationship of the post-racial to class, transnationalism and environmental studies, and comparative studies of Asian Americans and other groups in post-racial discourse.

Please send 300 word abstract and 2 page cv to ychang9@gmu.edu by
October 1st.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
postcolonial