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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Comparative Race Studies Conference

Thu, April 16, 2009 • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Texas Union: Eastwoods Rm - 2.102

This conference convenes scholars of race, activism, and migration to explore comparative trajectories of racialization and community building among Asian, African, and Latino Americans. We encourage the sharing of questions and research problems across ethnic divides to advance our understanding of the coalitions, conflicts, and intersections that distinguish and yet entwine these groups. Our three panels focus on urban communities, activism, and racial discourses.

Urban Communities
Chair/comment: Nestor Rodriguez (UT/SOC)
Scott Kurashige (Michigan): "Bowling Together: Black and Japanese Americans in
Crenshaw"
Eric Tang (UIC): "On Alternative Citizenships: The Vietnamese Americans of Black
New Orleans East"
Katherine McKittrick (Toronto): "Geo-Poetics: What Urbicide and Inventories Can
Tell Us About Urban Life" k.mckittrick@queensu.ca

Activism:
Chair: Joao Vargas (UT/ANT)
Irene Garza (UT/AMS):
Daryl Maeda (UCo): Homelands, Nations, and Third World Solidarities:
The Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization and Spatial Claims in the 1970s
Judy Wu (OSU): " Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Peace Activism and Women's
Orientalism"

Discourses of Race
Chair: Julia Lee (UT/ENG)
Caroline Yang (UIUC):
Lisa Yun (SUNY Binghamton):
Fred Ho (jazz musician, activist, independent scholar): "Nobody Knows the
Trouble I've Seen: A Comparative Socio-Historical Analysis between African
Americans and Asian Americans"

Sponsored by: Center for Asian American Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Center for African/African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Institute for Historical Studies


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