2011-2012 in Retrospect

June 22, 2012

2011-2012 in Retrospect

Yuri Doolan (left), Ronald Helgado (center), Juwon Lee (right)

2011 - 2012 was a fine year for Asian American Studies at OSU.

First, congratulations to our graduating minors: Yuri Doolan, Ronald Holgado, and Juwon Lee! We wish them the best in their future endeavors.

The Asian American Studies program organized and co-sponsored a number of academic and cultural events. Below are some highlights from the past year.

AAS affiliates have also been very busy engaged in research, teaching and learning, service, and winning awards. Below are some highlights of their accomplishments over the past year.

Finally, it is a delight to announce that Professor Judy Wu will be taking over the reins as coordinator of AAS in 2012 - 2013. We thank her for accepting this leadership role and wish her the best!


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Asian American Studies Program


"What Is Asian American Studies? (And why should you care?)" -- a panel discussion with AAS students, staff, and faculty (Nov. 30, 2011)

"Black and Korean: Racialized Development in Korean/American Narratives of Transnational Black-Korean Encounters" -- a workshop with Professor Jeehyun Lim (English, Denison U) (Jan. 20, 2012)

Insects in the Backyard -- a screening and conversation with Thai director Tanwarin Sukkahpisit, curated by Professor Jian Chen (Mar. 5, 2012)

"The Fetishism of Colonial Commodities and the Intimacies of Four Continents" -- AAS Distinguished Lecture Series and Department of English Kane Lecture by Professor Lisa Lowe (Comparative Literature, UC-San Diego) (Mar. 27, 2012)

"Asian Americas: Transnational and Global Histories of Asian Immigration and the Making of the Americas" -- AAS Distinguished Lecture Series by Professor Erika Lee (History, University of Minnesota) (May 3, 2012)


Yuri Doolan

Yuri Doolan (History and Korean Studies majors, AAS and English minors)



"Being Amerasian in South Korea: Purebloodness, Multiculturalism, and Living Alongside the U.S. Military Empire" written under the direction of Professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Invited Presentations

  • "Against Historical Erasure: Oral History and the Politics of Representation in Asian American Studies," Roundtable participant. Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Expanding the Political: Power, Poetics, Practices. Washington, D.C., April 2012.


  • 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (Jeonju, South Korea)
  • Asian American Studies Research Grant
  • History Department Research Grant

Future Plans

Will be joining the Ph.D. program in History at Northwestern University beginning in Fall 2012


Anne Jansen

Anne Jansen (Ph.D. candidate in English)



  • "From 'Aiiieeeee!' to Activism: A Graduate Student Perspective on Asian American Literary Studies." 2013 Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference (Boston, MA)
  • "The Ethics of Killing: Substitute Blood Memory in Sherman Alexie's Flight." 2012 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference (Uncasville, CT)
  • "Literary Activism: Magic as Politics in the Novels of Karen Tei Yamashita and Marilyn Chin." 2012 Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Conference: Expanding the Political: Power, Poetics, Practices (Washington, DC)
  • "Crossing Borders, Shifting Lines: Form as (Literary) Activism in The People of Paper." 2012 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference: Celebrating Scholarship and Activism (Chicago, IL)
  • "Politics in the Classroom: What It Means to Teach US Ethnic Literatures" (Invited). 2012 Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO) Event: Academics and Activism, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • "Flying Babies & Urban(e) Fathers: Creating a New Black Masculinity in Soul City." 2011 Celebrating African American Literature Conference: Race, Sexual Identity, and African American Literature (State College, PA)
  • "Haunted History: Community and the Oral Tradition in Contemporary Native American Literature" (Invited). 2011 Native Peoples Celebration: Building Right Relationship Conference, University of Dayton (Dayton, OH)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Nominee for the OSU Presidential Fellowship
  • Nominee for the OSU Graduate Associate Teaching Award
  • Ray Travel Award (service-based). 2012: Awarded by the Council of Graduate Students, The Ohio State University
  • Asian American Studies Research Grant. 2012: Awarded by the Asian American Studies Program, The Ohio State University
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Student Presenter Conference Fellowship. 2012: NACCS Annual Conference
  • Editorial Assistant for journal Studies in American Indian Literatures


Juwon Lee

Juwon Lee (Comparative Studies major, Russian and AAS minors)


Honors Thesis

"Imagining Nation, Imagining Queerness in Contemporary South Korean Films"


  • "Korean Reality, Western Homosexuality and The King and the Clown." Queer Practices, Places and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward, Columbus, OH, May 18-19, 2012.
  • "The Korean Nation, the 'West' and Queerness in The King and the Clown and Hello My Love." Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, OH, May 9, 2012.


  • College of Arts and Sciences Certificate for Excellence in Scholarship (2012)
  • Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO) Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship (2012)
  • Heiligmann International Scholarship (2012)
  • Comparative Studies Department Best Essay by an Undergraduate Award (2012)


Kim McKee

Kim McKee (Ph.D. candidate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)


Publications and Presentations

  • I was invited to write an autobiographical reflection on my experience with the adult adoptee and adoptive family community for Adoption Today. The article, "Connecting to My Story Through Adoption Community Connection," was published in their March 2012 issue.
  • I was invited to give a keynote speech at The 14th Annual Korean American Adoption Family Network Conference in Albany NY this July.
  • I guest lectured on the adult Korean American adoptee experience in Dr. Cynthia Callahan's course "Transracial Adoption in American Literature and Culture" at the OSU - Mansfield campus.
  • I presented my work at AAAS and the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture conference.


  • Global Society of Korea and American Dissertation Scholarship from The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College of CUNY
  • Humanities - First Place at The Ohio State University Council of Graduate Students Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum
  • Graduate Associate Teaching Award nominee
  • Elizabeth D. Gee Research Grant from the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Louise Zung-nyi Loh Memorial Scholarship from the OSU East Asian Studies Center

Future plans

  • I was selected to participate in the Preparing Future Faculty Program for the 2012/2013 academic year. My mentor is Dr. Taku Suzuki, Department of International Studies, Denison University.
  • I co-hosted the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) celebration for the Central Ohio Families with Children from China.


Joe Ponce

Joe Ponce (Associate Professor, English)



  • Beyond the Nation: Diasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading. New York: New York University Press, 2012.
  • "José Garcia Villa's Modernism and the Politics of Queer Diasporic Reading." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17.4 (2011): 575-602.


  • "Queer Epistolary Erotics in Diasporic Filipino Literature." Queer Places, Practices, and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward. Columbus, OH, May 18, 2012.
  • "Reading for My Life, Writing for My Job." Multicultural Center, "What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series." May 7, 2012.
  • "The Politics of Sexuality: Visibility, Violence, Viability." 18th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning. Columbus, OH, May 1, 2012.
  • Narrating the Diaspora: The State and Stakes of Asian American Literature (panelist). Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, Apr. 26, 2012.
  • Expanding the Informational: Asian American Digital Representation and Community Empowerment (roundtable panelist). Association for Asian American Studies. Washington, D.C., Apr. 13, 2012.
  • "The Politics of Independence and the Poetics of Address: The Case for Maximo Kalaw." Association for Asian American Studies. Washington, D.C., Apr. 12, 2012.
  • "Pinoy Posteriority." Disorientations Working Group Speakers Series at the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ, Apr. 5, 2012.
  • "Hendrix to Hip Hop: Afro-Filipino Poetics in the Work of Jessica Hagedorn and Patrick Rosal." Keynote, Undergraduate Symposium on Asians in the Americas and the Diaspora, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ, Apr. 3, 2012.
  • "'our fundamental difference': Return and Sexploitation in Lawrence Chua's Gold by the Inch." Eastern American Studies Association. New Brunswick, NJ, Mar. 31, 2012.
  • "Feeling Blue in the Midwest: Queer Diasporic Aesthetics in Rakesh Satyal's Blue Boy." Modern Language Association. Seattle, WA, Jan. 4, 2012.
  • "Reading Diasporic Filipino Literature, Queerly." Sponsored by the Mellon Fellowships Program on Diaspora, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD, Oct. 21, 2011.
  • "Return of the Oppressed: Authenticity, Normativity, and Revenge in Cavite." American Studies Association. Baltimore, MD, Oct. 20, 2011.
  • "Queer and Then: Visibility, Violence, and the Politics of Futurity." Keynote for Capital University's National Coming Out Week. Columbus, OH, Oct. 10, 2011.


  • Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, Ohio State University (2012)
  • Arts & Humanities Research and Creative Activity Grant (co-applicant), Ohio State University (2011)
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Conferences and Symposia Grant (co-applicant), Ohio State University (2011)


Judy Wu

Judy Wu (Associate Professor, History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)



  • Review of The New Chinese America: Class, Economy, and Social Hierarchy, by Xiaojian Zhao, Journal of American Studies 45:4 (November 2011)
  • Review of Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America, by Daryl J. Maeda, Social History 36:3 (October 2011)
  • Co-Authored with Samuel Beavers (former undergrad at OSU), "Taking Risks in Learning and Teaching: A Student-Faculty Dialogue about Intersectionality and Digital Narratives," Talking about Teaching: Essays by Members of the Ohio State University Academy of Teaching (Spring 2011)


  • "Anti-Citizens and Model Minorities: Eldridge Cleaver's Delegation to Socialist Asia,"November 2011, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Biennial Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • "Rethinking Global Feminism: The Viet Nam Women's Union and the Cultivation of International Women's Peace Movements," June 2011, Berkshires Conference of Women's History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • "Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Peace Activism and Women's Orientalism," November 2011, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
  • "Transforming the Academy: Asian American Studies and Student Activism," November 2011, Wellesley Asian Alliance, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Guest Speaker via Skype about my book, Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards (California 2005) and on Creating Digital Narratives, November 2011, Course on World War II, Hampshire College
  • "Rethinking Global Feminism: The Viet Nam Women's Union, Asian American Women, and the Cultivation of International Women's Peace Movements," October 2011, Duke University, Program in Women's Studies, Lecture Series, Durham, North Carolina
  • Invited Senior Mentor, Commentator on Works in Progress, and Speaker on "Navigating Tenure" Panel, June 2011, Pennsylvania State University-East of California Asian American Studies Junior Faculty Workshop, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Chair of and Presenter on Roundtable, "Researching and Interpreting Feminist Activism of the 1960s and 1970s: An Intergenerational Roundtable," June 2011, Berkshires Conference of Women's History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • "Asian American Immigration History," June 2011, Workshop for Teachers, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Given on behalf of the OAH Lecture Series


  • 2011 Pressey Honors Course Enrichment Grant, Ohio State University, University Honors and Scholars Center, Co-recipient with Lilia Fernandez for History/WGSST Honors 322
  • 2011 Pressey Honors Course Enrichment Grant, Ohio State University, University Honors and Scholars Center, for WGSST Honors 110
  • 2011 Finalist, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences Student Council