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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

shu-mei shih

Racializing Area Studies: Defetishizing China

Lecture by Dr. Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at UCLA

The goals of area studies and ethnic studies are essentially contradictory. Area studies provide strategically important information for the U.S. empire, while ethnic studies critique it from within. This alone may explain the hostility between area studies and ethnic studies, but the crucial pivot around which this hostility can be better understood is the question of race. What happens when we racialize area studies? And how does doing so affect our understanding of China?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 4:30PM

Humanities 1006

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

shu-mei shih

Desi America: Ten Years After 9/11

Share your thoughts in a timely forum about South Asian American communities in the post-9/11 world.

How did the tragedy and its aftermath transform Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities? How have their roles as citizens and residents of the United States been redefined? How has it shaped their relationships with Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Americans – and with each other?

Dynamic community organizers and artists PRERANA REDDY of the Queens Museum of Art and the Visible Collective,  PUSHKAR SHARMA of Brownstar Revolution, TITO SINHA of Desis Organizing, members of KHADIJA'S CARAVAN share their insights and spark a reflective dialog.

Presented in collaboration with the Asian American Literary Review (AALR) an Asian American nonprofit literary journal and organization, which just released a special issue commemorating the 10 year anniversary of September 11th.

To learn more about AALR's special issue, please visit or contact

All are welcome.  Free Admission.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:00PM

Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1