Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
October 1-3, 2014


This symposium aims to explore the multifaceted lives and representations of Asians in the Americas, past and present, and their intersections with borders, race, gender, nationality, geopolitical power, homeland, identity, and culture. We emphasize the presence of Asians in the Americas since at least the sixteenth century and their relevance for contemporary diaspora, globalization, and transnational studies.

The Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas builds on conversations and cutting-edge work presented in previous symposiums at Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and Pepperdine University in 2013. Paper presentations will focus on Asians in the Americas from multidisciplinary perspectives such as history, anthropology, sociology, religion, art, education, literature, film, music, and popular culture. To date, scholarship in Asian American Studies has focused on East Asians—more so than South, Southeast, Central, and Western Asians—in North America. We especially encourage work-in-progress, new perspectives, and comparative and connective approaches that can bring research on Asians in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean into dialogue. While topics may focus on a specific group, country, or region, they will provide a general context to the hemisphere as a whole.

The events, free and open to the public, will take place at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick over three days: a film screening/discussion on Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8 p.m. (Livingston Student Center) and the academic symposium on Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Alexander Library Teleconference/Lecture Hall).

Presented by the Departments of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and American Studies


Rick H. Lee, Rutgers University (
Zelideth María Rivas, Marshall University (
Alejandro Lee, Central Washington University (