Special Issue: Mixed Heritage Asian American Literature
Call for Papers
Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies (AALDP)
Special Issue on Mixed Heritage Asian American Literature
Special Issue Guest Editor, Wei Ming Dariotis
War babies, love children, tragic half-breeds, cosmopolitan saviors—how are mixed heritage Asian Americans imagined in Asian American literature, drama, and film? How are they represented in literature by people who are not Mixed Heritage Asian Americans? How are mixed heritage Asian Americans imagining and expressing themselves? This special issue invites scholars and writers to explore how one might teach such narratives and texts in various academic contexts. While traditional pedagogical lenses are appropriate, we especially encourage Critical Mixed Race Studies approaches to analyzing mixed heritage Asian American literature.
The following is a partial list of mixed heritage or transracially adopted Asian American fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature, and memoir authors to explore:
Brenda Wong Aoki
Mei Mei Berssennbrugge
Peter Ho Davies
Brian Komei Dempster
Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far
Winifred Eaton/Onoto Watanna
Mei Mei Evans
Heinz Insu Fenkl
Nora Okja Keller
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Brian Ascalon Roley
Shawna Yang Ryan
Jane Jeong Trenka
Janet S. Wong
One could also analyze Asian American authors such as Shawn Wong, Gish Jen, Don Lee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Chang-rae Lee, or Lois-Ann Yamanaka who have explored mixed heritage themes in their work, but are not themselves of mixed racial or ethnic heritage.
Additionally, some themes to consider might include:
· Mixed heritage Asian American characters in literature by authors of heritage other than Asian American
· Mixed heritage Asian American characters in science fiction and fantasy, or other "genre" literature
· Mixed heritage Asian American children's literature
· Queer themes in mixed heritage Asian American literature
· Asian American Transracial adoptees
· Transnational mixed heritage Asian American identities
· Multigenerational mixed heritage Asian Americans
· Multiple-minority mixed heritage Asian Americans
· Song lyrics, spoken word, and other non-traditional forms exploring mixed heritage identity would also be welcome (e.g. Colin "Senbei" Ehara's "Paper Bullets")
All articles must be between 2,000-7,000 words. Please follow the most current MLA format.
Book reviews on related texts are also welcome. Book reviews must be under 1,000 words. Please follow the most current MLA format.
Please address all inquiries for this Special Issue to Dr. Wei Ming Dariotis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full final articles must be submitted by July 1, 2011 online at http://www.comparativephilosophy.org/index.php/AALDP/information/authors