From Color-Line to Colorlines: Asian-American Intellectuals in the 1980s and 1990s
Friday, January 21, 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am
tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present their current research to their departmental (and interdepartmental) colleagues, students, and other interlocutors in their fields.
Ethnic Studies grew out of the activism of students who rallied under the banner of Third Worldism - the belief that Asian American, Black, Latinx, and Native American communities confronted analogous situations of racial oppression and were engaged in parallel struggles for self-determination. By the late 1990s, however, intellectuals and activists committed to multiracial solidarity began to emphasize how different communities' struggles for empowerment were incommensurable. Why did this shift happen? This talk offers one answer and explores how Asian American intellectuals re-shaped ideas about multiracial solidarity.
Calvin Cheung-Miaw is Assistant Research Professor in the History Department. His current book project, Asian Americans and the Color-Line, uses the intellectual history of Asian American Studies to explore the rise and fall of Third Worldism in the United States. His writings have appeared in Amerasia Journal, Pacific Historical Review, Politics, Groups, and Identities, In These Times, and Organizing Upgrade. Prior to graduate school, Calvin organized hospitality workers in the Silicon Valley.