Association for Asian American Studies panel proposal: Crazy Rich Asians (April 25-27, 2019, Madison, WI)

deadline for submissions: 
September 24, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Asian American Studies
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Call for papers for Crazy Rich Asians proposed panel at the Association for Asian American Studies meeting (April 25-27, 2019, Madison, WI)

The online publics hailed by the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians have done a remarkable job in providing lively counterpoints to the film’s surface celebration of Han Chinese diasporic wealth. The superabundance of social media posts and thinkpieces on the film have grappled with critiques of heteronormativity, wealth porn and wealth gaps, the ongoing effects of British and Chinese colonialisms in Southeast Asia, racial performativity, visibility politics, the political economy of Asian American representation in Hollywood, and much more.

This proposed panel for the annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies (April 25-27, 2019, Madison, WI) seeks 15-20 minute papers that challenge, exceed, or corral the many strands of thought generated thus far by the film into a productive conversation for the field of Asian American media studies. We are particularly interested in thinking about the film alongside the arguments raised in Sylvia Shin Huey Chong’s essay “What Was Asian American Cinema?” in the Asian American media dossier featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Cinema Journal (56.3). 

Interested parties should email a 250-word abstract to mphr [at] umich [dot] edu. Please also include a paper title, your name, affiliation, phone number, email, & brief CV or bio of 500 words max. The deadline is 12pm EST on Monday, Sept. 24; participants will be notified within the week.