Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles, United States
We explore the relationship between area studies and ethnic studies in the context of Southeast Asia. While some recent works have addressed the intellectual space between Southeast Asian and Asian American Studies (e.g. Ngo, Nguyen & Lam 2012) and others have critiqued the construct of area studies in the context of Asia (e.g. Walker & Sakai 2019), assessed the relationship between area studies and global studies (Stevens, Miller-Idriss, & Shami 2018) or the nature of ethnic studies (e.g. Okihiro 2010), here we focus specifically on Southeast Asia and the Southeast Asian diaspora in North America. We explore the framing of these intellectual spaces while considering their institutionalization at a range of American academic institutions, and their interdisciplinarity or disciplinarity across the humanities and social sciences, from the perspectives of Southeast Asian national and regional studies within area and ethnic studies.
Each discussant will briefly frame how their work engages across geographic and disciplinary space and present their perspectives on the following questions with the goals of fostering conversations about these issues across our campuses: