CFP: [Ethnic] Asian Americans and Violence, JAAS special issue

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Min Hyoung Song
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Call for Papers
Journal of Asian American Studies
Special Issue: Asian Americans and Violence
Deadline (extended): December 1, 2007

This special issue invites essays that address the relationship between race, culture, and violence
as it pertains specifically to Asian Americans. Extra consideration will be given to essays that
consider this topic broadly, and that focus on Asian Americans not only as the objects of violence
but also its agents. For instance, essays might address questions like: What does it mean for
Asian Americans to be perpetrators as well as victims? What effect does this have on our
understanding of gender roles and gender relations? What affect does this have on
representations of Asian Americans? How important is it for us to define violence broadly to
include domestic abuse, public policies that abandon large groups to premature death, or war?
How does focusing on violence help us to understand transformations in the structural position
of Asian American racial formations? The primary occasion for this special issue is the recent
shooting at Virginia Tech. As revelations of the shooter’s racial and ethnic identity led to
expressions of worry about a racial backlash, we are reminded of the ways in which race and
violence have long been inextricably linked to one another in the U.S. But when the shooter
turns out be Asian American, adding Seung-Hui Cho’s name to a list that includes Chai Vang,
Andrew Cunanan, and Gang Lu, we are compelled to consider how complex this link can be.

Because of its topicality, this special issue had been fast-tracked to appear in print this year, but
is now being pushed back to be published as the first issue of the following year. The new
deadline for essays is December 1, 2007. Submissions should be emailed as an attachment
following the appropriate JAAS submission guidelines to the guest editor, Min Hyoung Song
( Questions about this special issue can also be emailed to him.

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