Asian American Studies Awards
Asian American Studies is pleased to announce Professor Jian Chen, Julianna Crame, Mia Cariello, Molly Jasina, and Matthew Urwin as the recipient of Asian American Studies Awards.
- Mia Cariello wrote a paper about the transracial and transnational Asian adoptees' relationship with the processes of assimilation and objectification. Her paper, "Assimilation and Transracial Transnational Asian Adoptees," carefully examines the ways in which transnational Asian adoptees navigate the dynamics of systemic oppression. The student demonstrated advanced commitment to researching and analyzing the complex realities of Adoptees that are entangled with US imperialism, classism and patriarchy.
- Molly Jasina presented three research-based poems, "Empty vaults," "Break from reality," and "My identity is a potted plant." Her poems not only explore the complicated subjectivities of Asian Americans, but also examine the social and cultural process by which transracial, transnational adoptees develop their own sense of identity and agency. Jasina's self-reflective and thoughtful work illuminates the uneasy negotiations of identity construction from the perspective of an Asian American adoptee.
- Matthew Urwin’s honors thesis, “Multiculturalism and the Problem that White-Filipino Americans Pose to a Post-Racial America,” examines Filipino American author Brian Ascalon Roley’s fiction within the contexts of U.S. colonialism in the Philippines, immigration to the U.S., and mixed-race studies in order to elucidate how discourses of multiculturalism and post-racialism gloss over the structural inequalities that continue to shape Filipinx-American relations and identities.