Call for Workshop Proposals
Radical (Re)Imagining of Asian America: From Myths to Truths
Conference workshops will be 60 minutes.
The call for proposals will remain open Dec 4, 2019 to January 31, 2020.
Decisions will be issued by February 4, 2020.
Asians in America are famously subject to the model minority myth, the fallacious narrative that depicts us as passive, obedient, hard-working, and successful. The myth exists partially to be wielded against other marginalized groups, but it has myriad of harmful effects on us as well. These include: denying our diversity of culture, class, and experience; permitting limited achievement for some but leadership for virtually none; and limiting our representation in popular culture. A corollary myth is that racism does not apply to us—thereby undermining our solidarity with other marginalized groups. The aim of this year’s conference is to critique and dismantle these and other myths by re-imagining Asian America. How do we become visible? How do we become stronger actors in the fight against structural racism? How do we liberate ourselves from restrictive stereotypes? How do we fight for what we want rather than accept what we are given? What do we need to do in order to be in solidarity and work toward liberation for all? How do we dispel the myths and find our truths?