Sunday, May 07, 2017

SEA American Studies Conference, Speculative Art and Social Justice

As a reminder, I'll be one of the presenting featured readers of the 2017 Southeast Asian American Studies Conference in July! I hope you'll consider registering if you're in the area.

It will be my very first time presenting work in Massachusetts and I look particularly forward to sharing the stage with the talented poets Bao Phi and Peuo Tatyana Tuy! This is particularly meaningful for me as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of my first book of poetry On The Other Side Of The Eye, which wrestled with many of the issues of community change and social policy through the lens of speculative poetry.

My panel was also accepted on Southeast Asian American Speculative Art and Social Justice. Here's the abstract:

Many Southeast Asian American communities came into the US as refugees during the rise of science fiction films and literature such as Blade Runner, Alien Nation, Aliens and Star Wars, while also presented with problematic works such as Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon or The Joy Luck Club. 

Examining the journeys of award-winning Southeast Asian American artists such as Jenna Lê, Bao Phi, Kyle Tran Myhre, Saymoukda Vongsay, Krysada Panusith Phounsiri, Mattie Do, Burlee Vang, Khaty Xiong, Sayon Syprasoueth, the Cambodian Space Project, and others we will take a look at efforts to engage in community building and social justice using creative works informed by science fiction, fantasy, and horror to subvert dominant narratives and perceptions of Southeast Asian American identities, and to address sensitive internal community topics domestically and abroad.

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