Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

17-05 Asians and the Global Pandemic: Race, Invisibility, and the Urgency of Asian American Folklore Studies

Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS Cultural Diversity Committee, the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section


Chair: Nancy Yan (Independent)

Forum participants:

Fariha I. Khan (University of Pennsylvania)

Sojin Kim (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

Margaret Magat (Independent)

Leigh Annell Wynn (George Mason University)

Juwen Zhang (Willamette University)

In the wake of the pandemic which has given rise to AAPI hate and violence against our communities, this forum will push an open conversation about the urgency for Asian American folklore scholarship and perspectives in folklore in spite of the noticeable lack of Asian American voices. How do we understand the current crisis of AAPI hate as one that can magnify the place and space that Asian Americans occupy in America? How can the study of Asian American folklore situate Asian American identity within the American landscape? This forum includes perspectives from the academy, public institutions, and community activists.