Monthly Archives: May 2015

Teaching the Legacies of the Vietnam War — AALR

April 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the end of a war that claimed the lives of an estimated 58,260 American troops and over 4 million Southeast Asians across Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In the U.S. today, “Vietnam” signifies not a country but a lasting syndrome that haunts American politics and society, from debates about foreign policy to popular culture. And what of the millions of Southeast Asian refugees the War created? What, in this moment of commemoration and reflection, are the lasting legacies of the Vietnam War / American War for Southeast Asian diasporic communities?


(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, a special issue of The Asian American Literary Review slated for release in fall 2015, poses these questions to leading artists, writers, and thinkers. Novel in form and approach, the issue is an innovative teaching tool, contemplating the conflict as both remembered and traumatic event through a wealth of original multimedia art, a sweeping flipbook animation running the length of the collection, spreads of critical-creative cartography, and more. Guest-edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Sylvia Chong, with guest curation by Mariam Lam, Viet Le, and Chuong-Dai Vo, the issue features contributions byMonique Truong, Lan Cao, Kao Kalia Yang, Nick Ut, Yen Le Espiritu, Maya Espiritu,Anida Yoeu Ali, Emily Hue, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Soul Vang, Bryan Thao Worra, An-My Le, Yong Soon Min, Hoi Trinh, Viet Nguyen, Phothyzan Bounpaul, Sovan Philong, Frederic Sanchez, Vandy Rattana, Andre Yang, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Cathy Linh Che,Bao Phi, Mai Der Vang, Jai Arun Ravine, Bee Vang and Louisa Schein, Thi Bui, and Simrat Kang, among others.




(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War forms the core of a teaching program that will virtually connect university classrooms across the country to teach and learn together about the War and the worlds it created. You teach the special issue, and we’ll provide dynamic resources and opportunities for interaction with other classrooms. We’ll have in place “digital extras,” videos and podcasts by editors, curators, and contributors, as well as a shared curriculum of activities and projects building from the issue, including interactive virtual spaces designed to put students in conversation with one another. We’ll also help seed one-on-one videoconferencing between classes for those interested. The goal is a national conversation that builds academic community, a dialogue among students and teachers across the U.S. and beyond that challenges and grows our understandings of the War and its complex aftermath.



To accommodate a wide variety of schedules and class needs, we’re making the commitment open-ended: we’ll have the program live throughout the fall and early winter of 2015, from September through mid-December, with curricular materials and exchange possibilities available throughout—but your class can participate for anywhere from a week to the entire academic term.



10 professors at 9 universities have already pledged to participate, and we expect many more as the program develops: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut • Sylvia Chong, University of Virginia • Mimi Khúc, University of Maryland • Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, University of Maryland • Catherine Fung, Bentley University • Y-Dang Troeung, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong • Caroline Hong, Queens College, City University of New York • Audrey Wu Clark, U.S. Naval Academy • Ma Vang, University of California, Merced • Sue Kim, University of Massachusetts Lowell



This special issue and its teaching program are proudly sponsored by:


Institute for Asia and Asia Diasporas at Binghamton University of the State University of New York • University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute • University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program • Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance • Race and Ethnic Studies, St. Olaf College • Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University • University of California, Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department • Department of English and the Division of Arts and Humanities at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) • Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • University of California, Irvine Department of Asian American Studies • Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program • University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Asian American Studies • University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program


If you’re interested in joining the teaching program, sponsoring or otherwise supporting the issue, or learning more, please contact us at



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AHL – Andrew & Barbara Choi Family Grant



The AHL Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the AHL – Andrew & Barbara Choi Family Grant, an annual project grant of $5,000 awarded to recognize and support the accomplishments of talented artists of Korean heritage working in the United States.



The AHL–Andrew & Barbara Choi Family Grant aims to nurture and assist talented visual artists in realizing forthcoming projects while building their capacity to sustain their productive long-term careers.

The main purpose of the grant is to support the artist’s creative process and to cultivate innovative and challenging work through financial assistance during key moments in the development of an artist’s career. Two most important criteria for the grant are artistic merit and its impact on contemporary art.

This is a project specific grant and can only be used for the creation and exhibition/execution of a specific artwork/project. Artists cannot use this grant for their living expenses.



Grants are made on a project basis to visual artist of Korean heritage who are legal residents of the United States. The project must have a public component that takes place between October 2015 and September 2016. The grant is open to all emerging and established visual artists working in all media, including interdisciplinary genres. An ideal recipient would be an emerging, midcareer or established artist who has a substantial financial need in executing an impending project. Applicants must not be enrolled in any degree program at the time of the application deadline.


Grant Calendar

May 2015: Online application available at

July 31, 2015: Submission deadline

September 2015: Announcement of award

October 24, 2015: First installment of grant ($4,000); Second installment ($1,000) will be awarded after the public component has been executed. Project Report and Receipts must be submitted within 30 days of project completion.


Application Requirement

(All information must be submitted in English)

  • Project Narrative (1000 words)
  • Itemized Project Budget
  • Artist Statement (500 words)
  • Artist’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Work Samples – up to 12 images & 3 video links (may include sketches for future project)
  • Work Sample Description including title, year, medium, and duration (if application).
  • Two Professional References must be listed for us to contact.
  • Additional Reference Material (recommended but not required)
    • Copies of up to 3 reviews can be uploaded to the online application.
    • Catalogs should be mailed or hand delivered to the AHL Foundation office.


About Andrew & Barbara Choi Family Foundation

The Andrew and Barbara Choi Family Foundation is a 501(c)3 private charitable foundation based in Northern NJ.  The primary focus of the Andrew and Barbara Choi Family Foundation is to provide support to Korean-Americans to help them find their passion and achieve their goals.  The foundation focuses on providing this support through grants and scholarships.

Through the support of his wife Barbara and his three children, founder Andrew Choi has built a successful business in the New York metro area over the last 45 years.  Leveraging his experience and success, the foundation looks to provide support to others in the Korean-American community in their efforts to find their own success.

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