Association for Asian American Studies Conference 2013 in Seattle

April 11, 2013



Conference Location: Westin Hotel. 1900 5th Avenue. Seattle, WA 98101

Dates: Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20, 2013

(Below are suggested panels for those interested in the Philippines, Seattle, and/or international solidarity)



Ambivalent Imperialisms in the Philippines: Filipino Americans, Pensionados, and Ethnographers

VENUE:  Westin – Vashon 1


Sony Bolton, University of Michigan

The Imperial Drive to Archive: Towards a Filipino-American Intellectual History of the Race Sciences

Christopher Patterson, University of Washington

The Filipino American in Spaces of Liberal Tolerance: Peter Bacho’s Cebu

 Faith Karen, Northwestern University

Heroism: The New Imperialism?

Chair & Discussant:  Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis


Transnational Resistance to the Mechanisms of U.S. Empire:

Interdisciplinary and Critical Analysis from the Philippine Diaspora

VENUE: Westin – Orcas


Valerie Francisco , The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Transnational Family as Resource for Political Mobilization

Sherwin Mendoza , De Anza College

Indigenous Culture for the People

Michael Viola , Antioch University, Seattle

Rhyming, Researching, & Resisting Global Apartheid: W. E. B. Du Bois’s “Guiding

Hundredth” and Hip Hop Educational Exposures to the Philippines

Chair: Valerie Francisco , The Graduate Center, City University of New York 

4:30pm – 6pm

Unstable Futures: Urban and Suburban Formations and Asian

American Visual Cultures

VENUE: Westin – St. Helens


Manan Desai, Syracuse University

 Korla Pandit Hoodwinks America: Television and Racial Impersonation in Mid-Century U.S.

Roderick Labrador, University of  Hawai‘i, Manoa

 Constructing “The Town” in the Blue Scholars Seattle Cinemetropolis

Thea Tagle,  University of California, San Diego

Spaces between Yesterday and Tomorrow: Site-Specific Cultural Production as Filipino/American Decolonial Praxis

Brian Chung , University of  Hawai‘i, Manoa

The Monster in the Neighborhood: Regional Architecture, California Living and the

Visuality of Chinese Immigrants of Silicon Valley

Chair & Discussant: Theodore Gonzalves, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


DAY 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

8:15am – 9:45am

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Perspectives on Critical Filipino and Filipina Studies

VENUE : Westin – Cascade 1A


Robyn Rodriguez , University of California, Davis

Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez , California State University, San Marcos

Dean Saranillo , New York University

Sarita See , University of California, Davis

Gina Velasco , Keene State College

Facilitator: Amanda Solomon , University of California, San Diego



ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The

Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism

 VENUE: Westin – Cascade 1A


Ligaya Domingo , University of Washington

Ron Chew , International Community Health Services Foundation

Terri Mast , Inland Boatmen’s Union

Chair & Facilitator: Ligaya Domingo , University of Washington



PLENARY II: War and Empire

VENUE: Westin – Cascade 1


George Quibuyen (aka, Geologic and Prometheus Brown), Blue Scholars

 Empire Way: Refashioned Resistance

Nikhil Pal Singh , New York University

Settler Sovereignty and U.S. Globalism

Lisa Lowe , Tufts University

“Saltwater” Imperialism: Violence and Keeping the Peace

Chair: Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington

Discussant: Chandan Reddy, University of Washington


2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Lyrics of Love, Songs of the Struggle: Commemorating the

40th Anniversary of the release of A Grain of Sand

VENUE : Westin – St. Helens


Nobuko Miyamoto , Great Leap

Charlie Chin , Musician, Storyteller, Community Historian

Facilitator: Theodore Gonzalves , University of Maryland, Baltimore County




Seattle’s Asian American Movement: Pan-Ethnicity, Afro-Asian Solidarities, and Labor Organizing, 1960s-70s

VENUE : Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (719 S. King Street,

in Chinatown/International District)


Aaron Dixon, Community Activist

 Afro-Asian Solidarities in the Seattle Black Panther Party and Beyond

Mike Tagawa, Community Activist

 Shoulder to Shoulder: Brothers and Sisters in the Struggle for Human Dignity

Alan Sugiyama , Executive Development Institute

Asian American Student Movement in Seattle

Francisco Irigon, Community Activist

 Seattle’s King Dome Protest Revisited: Forty Years Later

Chair: Tracy Lai, Seattle Central Community College

Discussant: Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington



ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: After Bulosan: New Filipino/American Literature

VENUE: Westin – Cascade 1B


Gina Apostol, Fiction Writer

Joi Barrios-LeBlanc, University of California, Berkeley

Fedelito Cortez, Poet

Eugene Gloria, DePauw University

Sabina Murray, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Chairs & Facilitators: Francisco Benitez, University of Washington, & Nerissa Balce, State

University of New York, Stony Brook



For the entire AAAS conference program please see:


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