Job Talk: "A Gulf Unites Us" Black and Vietnamese American Solidarities in New Orleans
Wed, December 2, 2009 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies - ISESE Gallery (JES A230)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Eric Tang - Center for Asian American Studies and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.
Eric Tang explores the forms of life and solidarity created by Black and Vietnamese American communities in New Orleans East in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Together, the Black and Vietnamese American residents of New Orleans East scripted an entirely different racial politics for the Gulf Coast. Through their rebuilding efforts and allied activism emerged mutual recognition of resonant histories and a shared ethics of survival -- elements that became the basis of Black-Asian alliances in the post-Katrina period. In particular, Dr. Tang highlights the ways these communities transcended notions of self-interest and simultaneously defied a public discourse that cast Black residents as state-centered claimants, and Vietnamese Americans as up-by-the-bootstraps libertarians.
Eric Tang is a visiting assistant professor with the John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies and the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He was the recipient of the 2006 New America Media Award for outstanding Katrina coverage.