In celebration and support of Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, an all-day extravaganza will be held to both commemorate and invigorate the AAS program on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Heller 1210ABC.
The day begins with a Dissertation Writing Workshop from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Prof. Lily Cho, from the English Department of the University of Western Toronto, will first provide a separate talk on Friday, April 29 on her newly published book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada.
At Saturday’s dissertation writing workshop, Professor Cho will lead discussion and give UMN grad students feedback on their previously submitted (and circulated) dissertation abstracts.
Professor Cho’s scholarship engages Asian American Studies, Asian Canadian Studies, English, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Social History, and Food Studies. Professor Cho’s multidisciplinary background will help her to provide valuable feedback to a number of our Asian American Studies graduate students in their dissertation writing process.
Breakfast Food and Refreshments will be provided. Contact Tim August of the Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature program for information on attending at [email protected].
A Job Search and Professionalization Roundtable will follow from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Psychology Professor Moin Syed, a recent UMN social sciences faculty hire, and American Studies Professor Soojin Pate, Ph.D., a recent humanities UMN graduate alumni and Assistant Professor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, will lead a discussion with other faculty and grad students regarding the job search process and themes about professionalization.
Besides engaging faculty and graduate students, this conversation will also be useful for undergraduate students interested in pursuing AAS through a higher degree.
The contact person is Na-Rae Kim of the English Department at [email protected].
Lunch will follow until 1:30 p.m. when “At the Edge: Where Are Disciplinary Boundaries Drawn?” will run until 3:00 p.m.
Sociology Professor Lisa Park, Psychology Professor Rich Lee, and Curriculum and Instruction Professor Bic Ngo will lead a discussion with other faculty and grad students for those interested in doing Asian American and Ethnic Studies – and to discuss both the difficulties and necessities of writing research that is not considered “mainstream” in different academic disciplines.
The Contact person is Stephen Suh of the Sociology Department at [email protected].
“Book Talk: Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora” will follow from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Professor Chia Youyee Vang, who received her Ph.D. in History from the UMN and is now Assistant Professor at UW-Milwaukee will discuss her recently released book of the same title. The book documents Chia Youyee Vang’s own migration from Laos to Minnesota at age nine and the transformations she has witnessed in Hmong communities throughout the migration and settlement processes. The talk will conclude with a Q&A to actively engage faculty and students.
Professor Vang’s talk will also provide a productive landscape for the 4:00 p.m. screening and panel of the Minnesota Hmong documentary “Open Season” about the hunting murders in northern Wisconsin. Vang will also sit on this documentary panel.
The contact person for this panel is Oh Myo Kim of the Psychology department at [email protected].
The first hour of this event will be a screening, followed by a reading by Ed Bok Lee, a local community activist, author and professor. History Professor Mai Na Lee will introduce the Documentary.
Director Mark Tang, Professor Ed Bok Lee, Professor Vang, and Professor Mai Na Lee, will sit on the discussion panel after the film and reading.
The contact person for this event is Oh Myo Kim of the Psychology Department. Afternoon refreshments will be provided.
The evening events begin at 6:00 p.m. with a dinner and celebration for all speakers, faculty participants, grad students, undergrads, and AAS supporters and celebrators. Attend for dinner, drinks, music, karaoke, and more fun.
The event will be held at the 1920 S 1st Street Condo’s Party Room, which is walking distance across the street from the UMN Law School.
For information contact Kelly Condit-Shrestha of the History Department at [email protected].
Register online for the 2011 Association for Asian American Studies Conference at http://aaastudies.org/2011/registration/.
For general information contact Saengmany Ratsabout, AAS Outreach Coordinator, and Secretariat of the Association for Asian American Studies at 612-625- 4813. Visit online at http://www.aas.umn.edu or http://www.aaastudies.org.