Anthropologist Lok Siu to Present
Genevieve Ching-wen Lee '96 Memorial Lecture at Swarthmore College
by Anita Pace
Lok Siu, author of Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama and associate professor of anthropology and Asian/Pacific/American studies at New York University, will present the 2008 Genevieve Ching-wen Lee '96 Memorial Lecture in Asian-American Studies at Swarthmore College on Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 p.m. in the Science Center, Cunniff Hall. Her talk, "Hemispheric Asian America: Rethinking Migration, Sociality, and Racialization," is free and open to the public.
The lecture proposes an approach to Asian American studies that examines more fully the extent to which hemispheric dynamics and processes link the experiences of Asians across the Americas. She argues that adopting this approach will inevitably transform the historiography of Asian America and, importantly, will bring Asian American studies into productive dialogue with fields such as Latin American studies, Canadian studies, and American studies.
Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama (Stanford University Press 2005) received the Social Sciences Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Siu also co-edited, Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions (Stanford University Press 2007) and is currently working on a new book, Transnational Asian America: New Theories and Methods in Asian American Studies, and an ethnographic project that examines the cultural formation of Chino Latino restaurants in New York City.
The Genevieve Ching-wen Lee '96 Memorial Lecture was established in 1996 by her family to promote awareness of and research on Asian American issues. Each year the College welcomes to campus a leading scholar in the field.