Session Abstract: This panel considers the movement of people, ideas, and cultural forms from Korea, Japan, and China across the Pacific Ocean. As its central point of contention, the panel emphasizes the historical currents at play in exchanges between Northeast Asia and Latin America, while considering the social and political consequences of these exchanges. By grappling with such topics as nationalism in international contexts; shifting forms of diplomatic engagement; and the impact of the production of culture and knowledge across societies, the panel brings together scholars from the disciplines of History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Visual Culture to frame these exchanges as critical to understanding ‘the Transpacific’ as an area of study. Panelists apply conceptual frameworks of racialization, solidarity, and identity formation to engage with the following question: what does it mean for scholarship to center the networks that arise out of exchanges between Northeast Asia and Latin America? This panel seeks to add to the growing field of ‘Area Studies’ scholarship that puts these dynamic regions directly in conversation with one another in order to critically engage with and expand the bounds of the study of Northeast Asia.
Paper Presenter: Andrea Mendoza – University of California, San Diego
Paper Presenter: Xuening Kong – Purdue University
Paper Presenter: Eilin R. Perez – University of Chicago
Paper Presenter: Erica Vogel – Saddleback College