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Mapping a Literary Landscape: The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature

World War II incarceration camp literature, adoptee subjectivities, post-9/11 narratives, and queer interventions. The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature (Cambridge University Press, August 2015) provides insight into the myriad historical formations, cultural movements, and literary genres that have shaped the Asian American literary landscape. Co-editors Crystal Parikh (NYU Departments of English and Social & Cultural Analysis) and Daniel Y. Kim (Brown University Department of English) toast the Companion’s publication with contributors and leading scholars Josephine Park (University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program and Department of English) and Joseph Keith (Binghamton University Department of English). Ed Lin (Ghost Month) and lê thi diem thúy (The Gangster We Are All Looking For) read from recent works. Introduced by Sukhdev Sandhu (Director, A/P/A Studies in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis).

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Co-sponsored by the NYU English Department and Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.


Joseph Keith is Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University, SUNY, where he specializes in twentieth-century literatures of the United States, comparative race and ethnic studies, and postcolonial and Marxist theory. He is the author of Unbecoming Americans: Writing Race and Nation from the Shadows of Citizenship: 1945–1960 (Rutgers University Press, 2013), and his essays have appeared in Interventions, The Black Scholar, and Postmodern Culture.


Daniel Y. Kim is Associate Professor of English at Brown University. He is the author of Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity (Stanford University Press, 2006). He is currently working on a book provisionally titled The Korean War in Color: Race, Nation, and the Intimacies of Conflict. His articles have also appeared in American Literary History, Criticism, Journal of Asian American Studies, Novel, and positions.


lê thi diem thúy is a writer and solo performance artist. Born in southern Vietnam and raised in southern California, she often explores in her work the role of the body as the site of memory. lê is the author of the novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For.
 Her solo performance works Mua He Do Lua/Red Fiery Summer, the bodies between us, and Carte Postale have been presented at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, the International Women Playwrights’ Festival in Galway, Ireland, and the Marfa Theater Company in Marfa, Texas. 
She has been awarded residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts, GAEA Foundation, and Lannan Foundation and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and United States Artists.


Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, Ghost Month (Soho Crime, 2014), is a Taipei-based mystery. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.


Crystal Parikh is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. In addition to numerous articles, she has published An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literature and Culture (Fordham University Press, 2009). She is currently completing a book about human rights politics and contemporary US writers of color, titled Writing Human Rights.


Josephine Park is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian American Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2008), and she is presently completing a book manuscript on Asian American representations of the American wars in Korea and Vietnam.


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