Pawan Dhingra, Associate Professor of Sociology and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College, will present a lecture on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, sponsored by Asian American Studies at Dartmouth. His talk is entitled, "Getting Ahead by Giving In: Asian Indian Motel Owners Create Opportunity within Hierarchies." Dhingra is the author of Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (2007), which won Honorable Mention for the Social Science Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. His article, "Being American Between Black and White: Second Generation Asian American Professionals' Racial Identities," won the 2007 Best Research Paper Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America. His talk will address how Asian Indian Americans have come to be so successful in the motel business, now owning approximately half the motels in the nation, even while encountering racial, ethnic, gender, and class hierarchies. Through making use of rather than dismantling these hierarchies, they affirm both their own mobility and marginalization.
Hye Seung Chung, Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College, will present a lecture on Monday, February 18, 2008 sponsored by Korean Studies at Dartmouth. Chung is author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance (2006), and has authored numerous essays on television, race, and Korean cinema and politics. This event is co-sponsored by Asian American Studies. You are invited to link to Chapter Two of Hollywood Asian in advance of Professor Chung's lecture.
Lisa Lowe, an interdisciplinary scholar trained in intellectual history and cultural studies, will present a public lecture on Thursday, April 3. Lowe is author of CriticalTerrains: French and British Orientalisms (1991), Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996), and numerous essays that have been influential in Asian American Studies as well as other fields. She is currently a visiting professor of American Studies at Yale University this year. This event is co-sponsored by Asian American Studies, AMES, MALS, and the English, Geography, and History Departments.
R. Zamora Linmark, novelist and poet, will present a reading at Dartmouth on Tuesday April 29, 2008. Linmark has toured extensively across the United States. His poems have appeared in dozens of publications, and he is also author of two collections of poetry, Prime Time Apparitions (2005), and The Evolution of a Sigh (2008), and many essays. He is perhaps best known for his novel, Rolling the R’s (1996) which details Asian American adolescent experience in Hawai’i.
Critical Dialogues in Asian American Studies: A Symposium, May 11-12, 2007. This event is part of an ongoing effort to build a network of junior scholars working across disciplines in the field of Asian American Studies in New England. Professors Kim and Santa Ana will host this event, which has been funded by a grant from the Leslie Humanities Center. If any students are interested in attending, they should contact either Professor Kim or Santa Ana.
Allan Isaac, Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University will deliver a keynote address on May 11, 2007. His talk is titled, “American Tropics: Boy Scouts in the Philippines (1911) or, Confederates Rebels in the Tropics.” An open reception will follow at Occam Commons.