By Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

About Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Cathy J. Schlund-­Vials is Associate Professor in English and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut (Storrs). She is currently the Director for the UConn Asian American Studies Institute and is the author of two monographs: Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (2012). She is also a series editor (with David Palumbo-­Liu, Linda Trinh Võ, and K. Scott Wong) for Temple University Press’s Asian American History and Culture series.

Welcome, Keywords for Asian American Studies

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Asian American Studies. As co-editors, we took seriously the diversity of an interdisciplinary field born out of Civil Rights struggle, anti-war protest, and anti-imperial resistance. Notwithstanding “traditional” disciplinary homes in the social sciences and humanities, we – like our contributors – have come together to contemplate the expansive contours of “Asian America,” a formation that encompasses multiple migrations, ethnicities, and histories.

It is fitting that the publication of Keywords for Asian American Studies coincides with a number of anniversaries which, to varying degrees, figure keenly in Asian American history. In particular, 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II; the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (a.k.a. Hart-Celler Act), the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; and the fortieth anniversary of the conclusion of the second Indochina …

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