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Apr 7 2022

Breaking Boundaries: Pedagogies of Global Asia Symposium

Cosponsors—Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Pennsylvania State University’s The Global Asias Initiative, Association for Asian Studies, Simon Fraser University, Luce Foundation

April 7 - 8, 2022


via Zoom


Chicago, IL 60607



Breaking Boundaries: Pedagogies of Global Asia (GLAS)

Join the Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS) at the University of Illinois, Chicago for a symposium bringing together scholars, students, and community partners working to develop pedagogies of Global Asian Studies. As an interdisciplinary field bridging ethnic and area studies, GLAS uses an expansive lens to study Asian diasporas, transnationalism, and globalization. This symposium will offer insights on the challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning across divisions between disciplines, spaces, and periods. We seek to break the boundaries separating the university from the communities we live and work among.

Session 1: Community-GLAS Partnerships: What is Our Relationship to Community?
Thursday, April 7
7:30pm – 9:00pm CST

What is GLAS’s relationship to our communities? How do we build robust, long-lasting, and ethical (non-extractive, decolonial) relationships with community partners and organizations? How do we build partnerships that support community members, students, and scholars/teachers?

Moderated by A. Naomi Paik, Associate Professor of Global Asian Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Richa Nagar, Professor of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Ponni Arasu, Independent Scholar 
  • Anida Yoeu Ali, Senior Artist-in-Residence, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington–Bothell 
  • Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center 
  • Anna Guevarra, Founding Director and Associate Professor, Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Gayatri Reddy, Associate Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies and Anthropology, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Evelyn “Spanky” Taylor, Member of the Winthrop Family

Session 2: Breaking/Defining Boundaries: What is GLAS (Pedagogy)?
Friday, April 8
10:00 – 11:30am CST

What is GLAS’s relationship to area studies? To ethnic studies? How does GLAS bridge area/ethnic studies? What are the limits/boundaries of GLAS? (This session reflects some of those limits.) How do we build a decolonized field in GLAS?

Moderated by Fredy González, Associate Professor of Global Asian Studies and History,  University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Keith Camacho, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California–Los Angeles
  • Tak Fujitani, Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto 
  • Loubna Qutami, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California–Los Angeles

Session 3: Pedagogy Workshop: How Do We Teach GLAS?
Friday, April 8
12:00 – 2:00pm CST

How do we teach GLAS in the classroom? What syllabi and assignments have worked especially well for GLAS pedagogies? How have instructors worked through challenges?

Moderated by Michael Jin, Assistant Professor of Global Asian Studies and History, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Nadine Attewell, Associate Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies, Director, Undergraduate Program in Global Asia, Simon Fraser University
  • Robert Ji-Song Ku, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, State University of New York–Binghampton
  • Sonia Ryang, T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies, Department of Transnational Asian Studies, Rice University

Session 4: Impacts of GLAS Pedagogy: Students and Alumni
Friday, April 8
2:30 – 4:00pm CST

How does GLAS relate to student activism and learning? What are the benefits of studying GLAS? What does it mean to take GLAS courses? Why should students take these courses? What can you do with a GLAS education?

Moderated by Karen Su, Clinical Assistant Professor of Global Asian Studies and AANAPISI Initiative PI/Project Director,  University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Ren Encinas, Organizing Steward at Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Farmer at Catatumbo Cooperative Farm, Organizer with Anakbayan at UIC, Dissenters’ Boeing Arms Genocide, and Pembroke Environmental Justice Coalition; UIC '21: Gender & Women’s Studies and Global Asian Studies
  • Wasan Kumar, First year medical student, Stanford University Medical School; UIC '21: Neuroscience and Global Asian Studies
  • Theresa Thomas, Visiting Advocacy Specialist, Office of Governmental Relations, University of Illinois; UIC '19:  Anthropology & Global Asian Studies
  • Lillian Zhiyun Xie, Collections Coordinator, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, UIC '18:  Art History and Global Asian Studies
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Date posted

Feb 18, 2022

Date updated

Sep 7, 2022