Global Asias 4

Global Asias 4

Global Asias 4 Conference

Friday, March 31
8:00-8:30 REGISTRATION and “The Bakery” Breakfast
WELCOME, Tina Chen

Opening Remarks by Ernie Janssen,
introduced by On-cho Ng, Head of Asian Studies

Roundtable 1: Indigeneity at Sea
Charlotte Eubanks (cde13@psu.edu) and Neal B. Keating (nkeating@brockport.edu)

Doug Herman
Senior Geographer, Smithsonian (hermand@si.edu) “Pacific Worlds: Indigeneity, Hybridity and Globalization”

Yu-Ting Huang
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Amherst College (yhuang@amherst.edu) “Locals, Aliens, Indigenes, and Settlers: Locating Asian-ness Across the Pacific”

Erin Suzuki
Assistant Professor of Literature, UC-San Diego (esuzuki@ucsd.edu) “And the View from the Ship: Setting Asian American Studies Asail”

Dean Itsuji Saranillio
Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU (ds3859@nyu.edu) “Haunani-Kay Trask and Alternative Genealogies of Settler Colonial Critique”

10:30 BREAK: Yogurt Parfait Station
10:45-12:15 Panels 1 and 2
Panel 1: Sylvan Room

The Circulation of Asian Medicine and Medical Knowledge
Kate Baldanza (ktb3@psu.edu)

Sarah Basham
PhD Candidate in History, University of British Columbia (basham.sarah@gmail.com)
“The (Re)production of Military Medicine in Late Ming Encyclopedias”

Soyoung Suh
Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College (soyoung.suh@dartmouth.edu)
“Rethinking ‘Localization’: Medical Advertisements in Korea, 1876-1945”

R. Benedito Ferrao
Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian & Pacific Islander Studies, College of William and Mary (rbferrao@wm.edu)
“Inquisitive Legacies: Colonial Medical Botany and the Making of Goan Modernity”

John Dimoia
Independent Scholar (jpdimoia@gmail.com)
“‘The Curious Afterlife of the Tropical’: Mosquitoes, Malaria, and South Korean Medical Intervention During the Vietnam War, 1964-1973”

Panel 2: Centre/Arbor Room

The Anti-Modern Art of Asia
Chang Tan (cut12@psu.edu) and Madhuri Desai (msd13@psu.edu)

Corey Byrnes
Assistant Professor of Chinese Culture, Northwestern University (corey.byrnes@northwestern.edu) “Tradition Redux”

Gail Levin
Distinguished Professor of 20th-Century and Contemporary Art, CUNY (gail.levin@baruch.cuny.edu) “Saitha Shankhar: A Contemporary Feminist Artist in South India”

Marie-Agathe Simonetti
PhD candidate in Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (msimonetti@wisc.edu)
“Painting in Hanoi in the Thirties, an Academic Endeavor?”

Namiko Kunimoto
Assistant Professor of Art History, The Ohio State University (kunimoto.3@osu.edu)
“Katsura Yuki and Folkloric Dissensus”

South of the Border LUNCH Buffet, Linden/Grove Room

Tortilla Soup, Tossed Garden Salad, Hard Taco Shells & Soft Flour Tortillas
Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Cojita Cheese Enchiladas, Mexican Rice and Black Beans Assorted Toppings, Fresh local Tortilla Chips, Fresh Guacamole, Assorted desserts

1:15-2:45 Panels 3 and 4
Panel 3: Centre/Arbor Room

Jessamyn Abel (jua14@psu.edu)

Jean Amato
Associate Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY (jean_amato@fitnyc.edu)
“Yi-Fu Tuan’s Coming Home to China (2007): Interrogating the Physcial and Conceptual Idea of Home through Traveling Bodies, Spaces, Times, and Mixed Geographies”

Elizabeth Parke
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (elizabeth.parke@mail.utoronto.ca)
“Moving Mountains and Lions: Video Works of Yuk King Tan and Patty Chang”

Steven Pieragastini
PhD Candidate in History, Brandeis University (sjp24@brandeis.edu)
“Global Asia and the Dream of a Pan-Asian Railway”

Cheryl Narumi Naruse
Assistant Professor of English, University of Dayton (cnaruse1@udayton.edu)
“Transnational Lives, Diasporic Singaporeans, and the Production of Neoliberal Place”

Panel 4: Sylvan Room

Knowledge Flows: STS in Asia and its Diasporas
Prakash Kumar (puk15@psu.edu)

Carla Nappi
Associate Professor of History, University of British Columbia (carla.nappi@ubc.ca)
“The Gesture of Translation: Moving Manchu Bodies”

Minakshi Menon
Postdoctoral Fellow, Berlin Centre for the History of Knowledge and Humboldt University (mmenon@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de)
“Sanskrit, Plants and Paper: Botanical Knowledge Making in East India Company Bengal, c. 1790”

Shellen X. Wu
Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (swu5@utk.edu)
“Global Scientific Discourses and the Geopolitical Making of Modern China”

2:45 BREAK: Cookies and Coffee
Roundtable 2: Unrecalled—Forgetting as a Technology of War in the Asia Pacific
Tina Chen (tcg3@psu.edu)

Josephine Nock-Hee Park
Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies, UPenn (jnpark3@english.upenn.edu)
“About Forgetting”

Sunny Xiang
Assistant Professor of English, Yale University (sunny.xiang@yale.edu)
“Re-membering Bodies and Minds: The Korean War ‘Brainwashing Controversy’”

Jessica Nakamura
Assistant Professor of Theater, University of Nevado-Reno (jessicanakamura@unr.edu)
“The Spectral Voices and Inaccessible Testimonies: Performing Memories of the Battle of Okinawa in Contemporary Japan”

Xiaojue Wang
Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Rutgers University (xw249@rci.rutgers.edu)
“My Enemy, Your Friend: Screening the War of Resistance”

We Jung Yi
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Penn State (wuy3@psu.edu)
“Taking Vengeance on Forgetting: Park Wan-suh’s Literary Testimony of the Korean War”


Roasted Whole Suckling Pig with Hot Vinegar, Three Assorted Barbecue Sauces, and Accompaniments
Brown Sugar Chipotle-Rubbed Chicken Slow Roasted and Smoked Brisket of Beef
Fresh Sweet Corn on the Cob (Seasonally Available) Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup

Garde Manger:

Salad greens, with Assorted Dressings and Toppings
Display of Fruits
Assorted Grilled Summer Vegetables
Potato Salad
Warm Parker House Rolls and Butter


Warm Shortcake Station: Sugared Berries, Ripe Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, and Freshly-Whipped Cream
Berkey Creamery Ice Cream
Assortment of Super-Rich Chocolate Brownies
Screening of 1918
Q&A with Director Wong King-fai Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library


1918, the title of this film, is also the birth year of Hong Kong’s literary virtuoso, Liu Yichang, who fueled the literary modernism in Hong Kong. Liu’s fiction has been a significant source of inspiration for the renowned Hong Kong film director, Wong Kar Wai, whose In the Mood for Love (2000) and 2046 (2004) are in substantial debt to Liu’s experimental fiction. The film delivers Liu’s life stories and his writings in the form of docudrama. This cross-generic presentation introduces the writer by not only his empirical reality but also his literary imagination, which challenges the tradition of biography documentary. The audience will be able to appreciate Liu’s entire literary career extending from the 1930s to the present, roaming across mainland China and Singapore, and finally settling down in Hong Kong where he became a pioneering literary giant.

Saturday, April 1
8:30-9:00 “Build Your Own Sandwich” Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Panels 5 and 6
Panel 5: Centre/Arbor Room

The Present Futures of Techno-orientalism
Jonathan E. Abel (jea17@psu.edu)

Tze-Yin Teo
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oregon (tteo2@uoregon.edu)
“‘What turns me on’: A Task for the Techno-Translator”

Aimee Bahng
Assistant Professor of English, Dartmouth College (aimeebahng@gmail.com)
“Singapore’s ‘Global Laboratory’ and the Future of ‘Us’”

John Cheng
Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University (jcheng@binghamton.edu)
“Always Already Techno: Human Computers, Science Fiction, and the Technological Imperatives of Orientalism”

Anyoung Yoo
PhD Candidate in Art History, The Ohio State University (yoo.ahy@gmail.com)
“The Korean Cyborg in The Ways of Folding Space and Flying”

Panel 6: Sylvan

Hong Kong as Archive
Shuang Shen (sxs1075@psu.edu)

Leo Shin
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (lkshin@mail.ubc.ca)
“The Post-colonial Predicament of Pre-colonial Hong King”

Mary Shuk-han Wong
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Lingnan University (marywong@ln.edu.hk)
“Hong Kong Localism in the Time of Disturbance: 1967 and 2014”

Nadine Attewell
Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University (attewen@mcmaster.ca)
“Love in a Minor Key: Interracial Intimacy, Hong Kong Identity, and the Pulse of the Archive”

10:30 BREAK: Yogurt Parfait Station
Roundtable 3: Displaced Subjects—Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Critical Refugee Studies
Tina Chen (tcg3@psu.edu)

Crystal Parikh
Associate Professor of English and Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU (crystal.parikh@nyu.edu)
“Divining Justice: The Afterlives of War and Empire in Asian/American Culture”

Crystal Baik
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC-Riverside (cbaik@ucr.edu)
“‘The Promise of If’: Korean Diasporic Aesthetics, Transpacific Justice, and the Post-indexical Archive”

Alex Hinton
Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs and Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University (ahinton@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
“Genocide, Displacements, and the Banality of Everyday Thought”

Sheela Menon
Assistant Professor of English, Dickinson College (menons@dickinson.edu)
“Diagnosing Malaysian Multiculturalism: Jo Kukathas & the ‘1Malaysia Virus’”

Joanne Leow
Assistant Professor of English, University of Saskatchewan (joanne.leow@usask.ca)
“Circumventing the Archive: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chai and Tan Pin Pin’s To Singapore, with Love”

Chris Lee
Associate Professor of English, University of British Columbia (chris.lee@ubc.ca)
“Refugee Returns”

Deli LUNCH Buffet: Linden/Grove Room
Baked Potato Soup, Mixed Green Garden Salad, Potato Salad, Roast Beef, Smoked Turkey Breast, Ham and Salami, Swiss and American Cheese, Assorted Toppings, Assorted Desserts, Fresh Baked Bread

Panels 7 and 8

Panel 7:

Global Crises and 21st century World Literatures
Tom Beebee (tob@psu.edu)

Dan Hansong
Associate Professor of English, Nanjing University (danhansong@163.com)
“Narrating Terror and its Eventness in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Zhang Chengzhi, Xiao Bai, and World Literature”

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan
Assistant Professor of English, University of Nevada-Reno (rsrinivasan@unr.edu)
“The Anglophone and the Anthropocene: Postcolonialism In Two Acts”

Yang Jincai
Professor of American Studies and Comparative Literature, Dean of the School of Foreign Studies, and Director of the Institute of Foreign Literature, Nanjing University (jcyang@nju.edu.cn)
“Narrating Crises and Disasters in Contemporary Chinese Fiction”

Lynn Mae Itagaki, Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University (itagaki.5@osu.edu) & Jennifer Maria Gully, Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies, The College of William and Mary (jmgully@wm.edu)
“Representing Mobility in Crisis”

Panel 8:

The Glocalizations of Contemporary Society and Culture in China*
Shuang Shen (sxs1075@psu.edu) and On-cho Ng (oxn1@psu.edu)

Han, Weihua
Associate Professor of Political Science, Nanjing University (hwh771214@163.com)
“On misreading and misapplication of western thoughts in modern China: A case study on translation and reception of Rousseau to China”

Wu, Yuxiao
Professor of Sociology, Nanjing University (yuxiaowu@gmail.com)
“Culture, Social Mobility, and the Relationship between Family Structure and Children’s Educational Outcomes in Transitional China”

Deng, Yenhua
Professor of Sociology, Nanjing University (deng1999@gmail.com)
“Enthusiastic Policy Implementation and its Aftermath: The Sudden Expansion and Contraction of China’s Microfinance for Women Program”

Lee, Sungtae
Associate Professor of Sociology, Nanjing University (yisungtae@hotmail.com)
“A Confucian Probe for Post-National Space”

Liu, Liu
Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, Nanjing University (liuliu@nju.edu.cn) “Drug Initiation of Female Detainees in a Compulsory Drug Treatment Institution in China”


Kickoff Dinner Reception for Korean Film Festival**
Carnegie Building, PSU campus

Bulgogi, Mandu (dumplings), Korean pancakes, Kimbap, Kimchi, Rice, Kongnamul Muchim (beansprout side-dish), Japchae, and Ojingeo Muchim (spicy squid vinegar).

Screening of The Bacchus Lady at the Carnegie Cinema (113)** Q&A with Director E J-Yong
Advance Reservations Required.

Synopsis: The Bacchus Lady looks into the issue of elderly prostitution in South Korea. So-Young, an elderly lady, provides sex services to the male senior citizens using the pretext of selling Bacchus (an energy drink) to them. When So-Young picks up a Korean-Filipino boy from the clinic, she takes care of him while seeking a living through prostitution. From her interactions with her former clients, she finds that the golden age in their silver years may not be that bright after all.

** This screening is part of a five-university tour with events at Ohio State University (April 3), University of Wisconsin-Madison (April 5), University of Minnesota (April 6), and Michigan State University (April 7). The event at Penn State is made possible by the Korea Foundation, the Korea International Trade Association, and by the Department of Asian Studies.