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Reading Asian American Racialization

Speaker

Dr. Helen Jun

Department of English

University of Illinois at Chicago

Date Nov 4, 2013
Time 3:30 pm  
Location

Asian American Cultural Center

1210 W Nevada

Urbana

Sponsor

Department of Asian American Studies and the Student Cultural Programming Fee

Phone 217-244-9530
Event type Lectures
Views 1111
Originating Calendar Asian American Studies

This talk engages discourses of Asian American racial difference in the post–civil rights period, by examining its relationship to the rise of neoliberalism as a hegemonic ideology since the mid-1960s. Jun argues that Asian American cultural production is uniquely situated to disclose various contradictions of violent neoliberal mandates of self-development and self-enterprise by analyzing two Asian American films, Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) and a.k.a. Don Bonus (1995). While she contends that the vocabulary of global capitalism in the United States has been mediated and constrained by multicultural neoliberalism, both these films can be framed to disclose the pathological violence of an instrumentalizing discourse of privatization.

Helen Jun engages in comparative analyses of race and culture in the context of U.S. empire. She specializes in Asian American and African American literature and history, with emphasis on issues of citizenship, nationalism, U.S. imperialism in Asia, globalization, and the prison industrial complex. She has recently completed a study of how Asian Americans and African Americans have been racially defined in relation to each other in her book, Race for Citizenship: Black Orientalism and Asian Uplift from Pre-Emancipation to Neoliberal America.

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Free and open to the public

Reception and book signing to follow presentation

 PAID FOR BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE