Session Abstract: This panel investigates transnational exchanges of Asian media in an attempt to theorize medial practices of transgression and adaptation across the Asian continent. The panel argues that such practices are re-constituting the boundedness of region while also challenging the very stability of categories of Asian identity. By looking closely into the cultural, political, technological, and semiotic intersections between different Asian nations’ media products, the panel aims to answer the following and other related questions: 1. How does Asia as a site of media interaction allow us to interrogate assumptions about the boundaries of Asia as a physical location and re-define the meaning of inter-Asian connections? 2. What are the relations between cultural identity and national/geographical boundaries, and how may trans-Asian media exchanges shed light on these relations? 3. How may the trans-Asian framework to study Asian media help de-Westernize and de-parochilalize media studies and invite Asia as a critical method and tool, rebuilding and reestablishing Asian subjectivity? 4. How may the underrepresented cultural sharing among Asian nations offer an alternative approach to conceptualize Asia, highlighting and challenging the introverted Asian nationalism and the legacies of colonialism and border conflicts within the region?
Paper Presenter: Rea Amit – The University of Oklahoma
Paper Presenter: Hiroki Yamamoto – Tokyo University of the Arts
Paper Presenter: Hyesu Park – Bellevue College
Paper Presenter: Shubhda Arora – Indian Institute of Management Lucknow