Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
“Daughters and Diaspora: Burmese Narratives and Interventions in the Twenty-First Century”
Tamara C. Ho, Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside
This talk will explore storytelling and sociopolitical organizing among the Burmese diaspora in the contemporary era. Ho’s book Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power between Burma and the West (2015) maps “Burmese women” as real and imagined figures across the twentieth century and examines dynamics of translation, cultural contact, and representation. Contemporaneously, a report commissioned by the Asian American Studies Association and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund identifies Burmese refugees as the largest population of refugees arriving in the United States in the recent past (2014). Putting these studies into conversation with each other, Professor Ho’s presentation will survey literary, discursive, and material interventions by Burmese women and notable diasporic figures in the twenty-first century. Her discussion will focus on the gendered politics of authors such as Ma Thida, Wendy Law-Yone, Charmaine Craig, Nu Nu Yi, and Zoya Phan and the activist work of May-Oo Mutraw, Chaw Ei Thein, and Aung Myo Min.