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Imperial Aftermaths: Refugees, Reckonings, and Resurgences

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the New York Center for Global Asia.


This panel considers the lasting impact of twentieth-century US warfare in Asia on transpacific cultural memory and political life. It will bring together the authors of recently published monographs about US military and economic imperialism in Asia and the Pacific during the Cold War and its afterlives. Featuring:

The discussion will be moderated by Jini Kim Watson (New York University), author of Cold War Reckonings: Authoritarianism and the Genres of Decolonization (Fordham University Press, 2021).

Accessibility note: This event will be hosted virtually on Zoom. A Zoom account, internet access, and a smartphone or computer is required. Closed captioning will be provided for all audio. If you have any access needs, please include them on the registration form, or email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu as soon as possible.


Amanda C. Demmer is an assistant professor in the history department at Virginia Tech, where she researches and teaches about war, diplomacy, and migration. She is the author of After Saigon’s Fall: Refugees and US-Vietnamese Relations, 1975-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Daniel Y. Kim is professor of American Studies and English at Brown University. He is the author of The Intimacies of Conflict: A Cultural History of the Korean War (NYU Press, 2020) and Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity (Stanford University Press, 2006). He is also the co-editor (with Crystal Parikh) of The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015). 

Jodi Kim is professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. An interdisciplinary scholar whose work is broadly concerned with the intersections of colonial and imperial formations, militarism, capitalism, and gendered racial violence, she is the author of Settler Garrison: Debt Imperialism, Militarism, and Transpacific Imaginaries (Duke University Press, 2022), Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and co-editor of Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press, 2016).

Jini Kim Watson is professor of English and Comparative Literature at NYU. She is the author of Cold War Reckonings: Authoritarianism and the Genres of Decolonization (Fordham University Press, 2021; honorable mention, ACLA’s René Wellek Prize) and The New Asian City: Three-dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (Minnesota University Press, 2011). She is also co-editor, with Gary Wilder, of The Postcolonial Contemporary: Political Imaginaries for the Global Present (Fordham University Press, 2018); and, with Ato Quayson, of The Cambridge Companion to the City in World Literature (forthcoming). She holds degrees in architecture, English, and comparative literature.


Venue: Online event
Add to Calendar 11/09/2022 04:00 PM 11/09/2022 05:30 PM America/New_York Imperial Aftermaths: Refugees, Reckonings, and Resurgences More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/imperial-aftermaths-refugees-reckonings-and-resurgences/