Chinese, English, Spanish: Writing
a Third Literature of the Americas
A Trilingual Program

Date: Friday, December 14, 2012

Time: 5:30PM to 9:30PM

Place: 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan
 

 

 

Program

5:30PM to 7PM
Reception with light refreshments - meat or vegetarian available

7:15PM to 9:15PM
Panel Discussion & Readings

9:15PM to 9:30PM
Book Signing

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Since 30 years ago when writers such as Kingston, Huang, and Chin first made American readers aware of Chinese American literature, exciting new developments have taken place.  Readers and scholars alike have discovered that "Chinese American literature" can no longer be limited to works written in English alone.  Due to a number of factors including globalization, the rise of China, ethnic studies, and new critical scholarship, we are finding that the 21st century signals a "third literature of the Americas"---novels, stories, and poems written in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

These new developments have resulted in a special volume of Amerasia Journal published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center entitled "Towards a Third Literature: Chinese Writing in the Americas" edited by Russell C. Leong (CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor at AAARI); Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at Brown University); and Wang Ning (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Tsinghua University, Beijing).

This trilingual program consists of an exciting panel discussion and a reading of selected works in English, Chinese, and Spanish by some of the editors and contributors to this special volume of Amerasia Journal (available at a special booksigning price during the program).

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Panel: "From Chinese American to a Third American Literature"

  • Prof. Evelyn Hu-Dehart will provide a keynote overview of how and why Asians entered the literary scene of Central and Latin America.  Prof. Dehart will introduce Prof. Kathleen López, a Latin American expert who will provide commentary. (Talk in English and Spanish.)

  • Prof. Kathleen López is Assistant Professor in the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies (LHCS) and the Department of History at Rutgers University. Her book, Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History, is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press (2013). Her research and teaching focus on the historical intersections between Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, post-emancipation Caribbean societies, race and ethnicity in the Americas, and international migration.

  • Prof. Russell Leong will introduce the special volume of Amerasia Journal. (Talk in English)

  • Dr. Maan Lin, Associate Professor of Chinese and Spanish and Coordinator of the Chinese Program at Queensborough Community College, will talk about translating Kam Wen Siu’s "La primera espada del imperio."  (Talk in Chinese and Spanish.)

  • Dr. Yibing Huang, Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at Connecticut College and past contributor to Amerasia Journal, will talk about Simon Ortiz in China, and bringing ethnic and minority writers for cross-literary exchanges in China. (Talk in Chinese and English.)

  • Dr. Wen Jin, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will talk about the future of racial and minority literary contacts from two nations. (Talk in Chinese and English.)

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Co-Sponsors: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Program - Hunter College, and Brown University

 

 

 


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