05-12 Theorizing Global Asian Folklore Studies: Remaking Fluid Boundaries

Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Galleria III

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section

Chair: Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

10:30 am
Coming Out of “the Fog”: Chinese International Transracial Adoptees, Anti-Racisms, and Remaking Asian and Asian American Identities
Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

11:00 am
Social Landscape on WeChat: An Ethnographic Study of the Sunshine Dance Club of Central Pennsylvania
Anna W. Marshall (The Pennsylvania State University)

11:30 am
The Emergence of a New Public: Redefining the Festival, Policy, and History
Hideyo Konagaya (Waseda University)

12:00 pm
Transcultural Gateway: Ferrying Thai Drama Fandom from Anglophone Twitter to Chinese Red
Zhen Guo (Northeastern University)

This panel seeks to merge Asian and Asian American folklore studies into global Asian folklore studies, and explores the role of folklore in diverse local, national, and transnational groups and communities. Scholars often examine global Asias as transnational, inter/intra-Asian, multidisciplinary frameworks through critical perspectives such as (im)mobilities, (in)visibilities, globalization, capitalism, communication, and representation. This panel builds upon but also complicates such investigations. It proposes that global Asian folklore mobilizes communities, discourses, practices, and power relationships in the process of remaking fluid boundaries, intertwined with national, gendered, racial, and ethnic dynamics on the ground.