Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Lecture Series

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From Gerardo Calagui, Those Long-Haired Nights (2017)

 The Power of Asian/ American Cinema

April 16, 2021 11am

In this lecture, new images of race, gender and sexuality in Asian/ American Cinema tackle immigration, intimacy, and inequality, undoing social and psychic harm, in recognition of the power of films ability to generate new and needed narratives.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, award-winning film scholar and filmmaker, is Professor and Director of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. Her publications include The Proximity of Other Skins (2020), Straitjacket Sexualities (2012), The Hypersexuality of Race (2007), The Feminist Porn Book (2013) and The Unwatchability of Whiteness (2018). Her films include The Celine Archive (2020) and The Fact of Asian Women (2004). She is Associate Editor of GLQ. For more, go to

Pacific as Method: Pursuing Spaciousness, Confronting Confinement

April 30, 2021 – 11am

Laurel Mei-Singh serves as an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa. Her research interests include environmental justice, militarization, the relationship of race and indigeneity to histories of war, fences and self-determination, abolition, racial capitalism, and the Pacific. Her current book project develops a genealogy of military fences and grassroots struggles for land and livelihood in Waianae, a rural and heavily militarized region of the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i. She has published articles on this topic in American Quarterly, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography,Critical Ethnic Studies, and Pacific Health Dialog.

Without Enhancements: Sexual Violence in the Everyday Lives of Asian American Women

May 21, 2021 11am

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erin Khuê Ninh writes about the model minority as racialization and subject formation. Her monographs on the topic are Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature (New York University Press, 2011), and Passing for Perfect: College Impostors and Other Model Minorities (Temple University Press, forthcoming 2021). With Shireen Roshanravan, she edited the special issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies on sexual violence, entitled #WeToo: A Reader (2021).

A Refugee Critique of Representations: On Criticality and Creativity

May 28, 2021 11am

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 Lan Duong is Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012). Dr. Duongs second book project, Transnational Vietnamese Cinemas and the Archives of Memory, examines Vietnamese cinema from its inception to the present day. She has coedited an anthology called Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art (University of Washington Press, 2013). A founding member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective, Duong serves as coeditor for the UC Press book series on Critical Refugee Studies and