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Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Physical Sciences Building, 401
245 East Avenue
A Keynote Event for Displaced. Detained. Undeterred: A Critical/Creative Symposium
Thursday, April 20, 2023, Physical Sciences Building 401
4.30 Opening Remarks
Saida Hodžić (Cornell University)
4.45 KEYNOTE DIALOGUE
In this keynote, speakers Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi and Yến Lê Espiritu offer an intergenerational remembrance of Đại Tá [Colonel] HồNgọc Cẩn,our cậu hai [oldest maternal uncle] and ông hai[oldest granduncle] respectively, an Army of the Republic of Vietnam officer who was publicly executed by a Communist firing squad. This remembrance is a portal toa discussion on refugee grief, not as a private or depoliticized sentiment but as a resource forenacting a politics that confronts the conditions under which certain lives are considered moregrievable than others. Focusing on quotidian memory places, particularly Internet memorialsconstructed by the Vietnamese diasporic community, they will discuss how and why South Vietnam’swar dead have become so central to the refugees’ retellings of South Vietnamese losses in theUnited States. At the same time, they point out that these commemoration efforts can and dolead to harsh and unrelenting attacks against the living, especially those who harbor morecritical visions of the diasporic community.
The keynote will be followed by a reception.
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Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi is an assistant professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (Tovaangar). Author of Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers and Decolonization across Guam and Israel-Palestine, Dr. Gandhi is the co-editor with Vinh Nguyen of The Routledge Handbook of Refugee Narratives.
Yến Lê Espiritu is Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her books Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es) and Departures: An Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies (co-editor) have charted an interdisciplinary field of critical refugee studies, which reconceptualizes “the refugee” not as an object of rescue but as a site of social and political critiques. Dr. Espiritu is also an inaugural member of The Critical Refugee Studies Collective.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology, Diversity, Southeast Asia Program, Minority, Indigenous, Third World Studies (MITWS rg), English, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, History, Government, Department of Performing and Media Arts, American Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), Institute for European Studies, South Asia Program, Migrations, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Near Eastern Studies, Africana Studies and Research Center, Latino Studies Program
Saida Hodzic or Sarah Meiners
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