Negotiating Identity: Racialization and Belonging in Asian American and Latinx Discourses

(Roundtable)


American/Diaspora / Spanish/Portuguese

Chloe Huh Prudente (Temple University)

Min Kyung Boo (Temple University)

What does it mean to be Asians in the Americas? How does race function as a bodily marker for people of Asian descent? Anti-Asian violence spiked by the global pandemic of COVID-19 reminds us of the yellow peril narrative, one of the dominant narratives of Asian racialization in the Americas that dates back to the late 19th century, leading to the questions of race and the stakes of being racialized as Asians in the Americas in the 21st century. How does racialization take place? How do Asian Americans negotiate their identities in response to this? The answers to these questions will allow us to theorize the Asian American identity.

This panel invites works that study the discourses of the Asian presence in the Americas in both Asian American literature and Latin American and Latinx literature in order to bring into the conversation the heterogeneity and multiplicity of Asian identity. By expanding the geographical focus as the Americas, the panel seeks to demonstrate the diversity of narratives that compose the dialogue, considering the practice of Asian indentured labor and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 in the U.S., the historical events often overlooked in the discussion of the Asian immigrant experience.

We welcome works that shall cover topics or critical paradigms that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- Intersectionality

- Race and citizenship

- Critical race studies

- Women of color feminism

- Transnationalism

- Transoceanic studies (transpacific, transatlantic)

Anti-Asian violence spiked by the global pandemic of COVID-19 reminds us of the yellow peril narrative, one of the dominant narratives of Asian racialization in the Americas, leading to the questions of race and the stakes of being racialized as Asians in the Americas in the 21st Century. This panel invites works that study the discourses of the Asian presence in the Americas in both Asian American literature and Latin American and Latinx literature in order to bring into the conversation the heterogeneity and multiplicity of Asian identity.