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Conference

Traffic and Diaspora: Political, Economic, and Cultural     
 Exchanges between Japan and Asian America

February 25th & February 26th, 2005
Conference Location: The Inn at Middletown and Wesleyan University

 

This conference is a part of Wesleyan’s Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative, which is intended to further develop institutional resources and curriculum in this exciting field. The conference will bring together scholars from the social sciences and humanities to explore the forces—cultural, political, and social— that have characterized the movement of communities, commodities and ideologies across the Pacific, and which offer an important challenge to static definitions of nation-state, culture, and community. Using Japan, Japanese diasporas and Japanese American culture to center our inquiry, the conference responds to questions that will also be crucial to an increasingly global twenty-first century:  our inquiry will explore the links between race and nation; transnational (im)mobility; and the significance of locality (and community) to political, economic, and cultural motion across oceans, borders and nation-states.  Additionally, we will explore how those of us in Asian American Studies, American Studies, and Asian Studies might establish new methodologies and connections between fields to examine emerging and existing communities of Japanese in the Americas, and their interactions with other communities of color.

Conference Coordinator:

Stanford M. Forrester
Coordinator of the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative
Wesleyan University
Room 308 Fisk Hall
262 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459-0045
(860) 685-3425 Phone
(860) 685-2091 Fax
sforrester@wesleyan.edu

Conference Committee:

Professor Stephen Angle
Wesleyan University
The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459-0045
(860) 685-3654 Phone
sangle@wesleyan.edu


Professor Claire B. Potter
Wesleyan University
Center for the Americas
Room 216
255 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459-0045
(860) 685-2377 Phone
cpotter@wesleyan.edu


Post Doctoral Fellow Anita H. Mannur
Wesleyan University
The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459-0045
(860) 685-2484 Phone
amannur@wesleyan.edu

Post Doctoral Fellow Taku Suzuki
Wesleyan University
Center for the Americas
Room 216
255 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459-0045
(860) 685-2305 Phone
tsuzuki@wesleyan.edu

Stanford M. Forrester
(address above)