Global Black Lives Matter: An Online Symposium

First, how has BLM been in conversation with racial and ethnic justice movements outside of the US? BLM has developed into a global movement with transnational ties and influences and has been in dialogue with social movements and activism outside of the US. Still, the scholarship has yet to catch up with this development and has mainly focused on BLM in the US. We aim to address this gap by bringing to the fore the scholarly work on non-US movements that have responded to and resonated with BLM to address racial and ethnic injustice.

Second, how has the BLM been discussed in the global and transnational public spheres? What does it mean to even say “Black Lives Matter” outside the US, amid different categories and definitions of Blackness, race, racism, ethnicity, etc.? To what extent have international solidarities formed under the rhetorical rubric of BLM? BLM has become a global topic that shapes public awareness and understanding of racial injustice and other vital issues related to democracy and inequality. Discussions about BLM occur even in the least expected places, such as China. Such discussions also transcend the borders of nation-states and occur in transnational public spheres, with participants from various countries engaging in social media platforms.

Exploring these two questions – one about social movement and the other about the public sphere – can start a new agenda with a global perspective on social movements and public discourses centered on racial injustice. Systemic racism has never been a country-specific problem. Instead, since its inception, it has been an artifact of intersecting colonialisms, imperialisms, slave trades, international wars, and other exploitative global processes. Discussions about BLM function as a mirror and a lamp. As a mirror, they compel people to reflect on similar issues in many countries worldwide; as a lamp, they shed light on related topics such as democracy, oppression, and social inequality. We hope this conference can pave the way for a more self-conscious effort to examine these issues from a global perspective.

NYCAS: Fall 2023 Book Presentation and Discussion

Join the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) this fall for an online book event on Saturday, October 14th, 10 am-12:30 pm EST. The event is free, but registration is required.
Dr. Albert Welter (Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona) will talk about his book, The Future of China’s Past: Reflections on the Meaning of China’s Rise, published by SUNY Press in 2023. Dr. Welter’s presentation will be followed by a graduate student roundtable which will respond to the book, and the announcement of NYCAS’ 2023 Marleigh Grayer Ryan Student Writing Competition winners.

Deadline: August 1, 2023
The roundtable will consist of selected graduate students who will each prepare a 5-minute response to the book and engage in a discussion. Each student selected for the roundtable will receive a complimentary copy of the book from SUNY Press. Please submit your application here by Aug 1, 2023, to be considered for participation in this roundtable.

Graduate student interest form can be found at this link:

Deadline: Oct 12, 2023

Registration form can be found at this link:

If you have any questions, please contact: Natalie Sarrazin (

Reflections on the U.S.-ROK Alliance in the Humanities: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice, 1953-2023

The year 2023 marks both the 70th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement and the 10th year of the Korean Library Association’s “Humanities on the Road” program, which brings scholars to local libraries to engage with community members through literature and the arts. To celebrate this historical moment, KLA is partnering with the Library of Congress to host this year’s program in Washington, D.C. for the first time. Please join us for a series of lectures exploring the human legacy of the “Forgotten War,” as well as the vibrant role of the Korean American diaspora in U.S.-ROK relations—in the past, in the present, and for years to come.

Book Talk: Island Fantasia with Wei-Ping Lin

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 5p.m. PT, the UW Taiwan Studies Program will welcome Professor Wei-Ping Lin to discuss her newly published work, Island Fantasia: Imagining Subjects on the Military Frontline between China and Taiwan. This is a virtual event which will be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Click here to register.

The Matsu archipelago between China and Taiwan, for long an isolated outpost off southeast China, was suddenly transformed into a military frontline in 1949 by the Cold War and the Communist–Nationalist conflict. The army occupied the islands, commencing more than 40 long years of military rule. With the lifting of martial law in 1992, the people were confronted with the question of how to move forward. Professor Lin’s in-depth ethnography and social history of the islands focuses on how individual citizens redefined themselves and reimagined their society. Drawing on long-term fieldwork, Lin shows how islanders used both traditional and new media to cope with the conflicts and trauma of harsh military rule. She discusses the formation of new social imaginaries through the appearance of “imagining subjects,” interrogating their subjectification processes and varied uses of mediating technologies as they seek to answer existential questions.

“Refugee Youth Agency in Flux: Active and Passive Waiting in Transit Country Indonesia”

Talk by Realisa Masardi, Universitas Gadjah Mada and University of Michigan

For more than two decades, Indonesia has been a transit spot for asylum seekers from Central Asia, South Asia, East Africa, and Southeast Asia while irregularly en route to Australia. Following Australia’s controversial ‘stop the boats’ policy, thousands of refugees, including the young population, must wait longer in Indonesia to get their refugee status processed by UNHCR and to have a chance to resettle in a third country. As a non-signatory state to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Indonesia has a limited legal framework to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, which causes grave precarious conditions for them. Nevertheless, arbitrariness in Indonesia’s legal framework and its flexibility in handling refugees surprisingly has provided a certain level of “informal protection” and opportunities for young refugees to make maneuvers in the fluid arenas. As they wait, the young people also plan, anticipate, negotiate, hustle, play, and rest. This talk will focus on the dynamics of refugee youths’ agency-in-waiting. Professor Masardi explores how young refugees exercise passive and active waiting and what contributing factors catalyze or impede the distribution of their agency.

Realisa D Masardi is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She is the awardee of the prestigious 2022 Gosling-Lim Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies. Currently, Professor Masardi is completing her postdoc program at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Professor Masardi has been working on the issues of children and young people in several migrants/refugees communities in Southeast Asia, focusing on their identities, access to rights, and agency, particularly on their everyday survival movements. She received her PhD in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her dissertation focuses on the social navigation of independent young refugees from diverse countries facing precarities during transit in Indonesia.

Boundary Pushing in Asian Studies: Editors’ Roundtable

This roundtable is part of the “Boundary Pushing in Asian Studies” workshop organized by the editors of the Journal of Asian Studies in partnership with the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Editors of leading journals — Tina Chen (Verge: Studies in Global Asias), Suzy Kim (positions: asia critique), Sumit Guha (Modern Asian Studies), Paolo Sartori (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient), Hyung Gu Lynn (Pacific Affairs), and Andrea Jain (Journal of the American Academy of Religion) — will join Joseph Alter, Purnima Dhavan, Kelly Anne Hammond, Kate McDonald, and Albert Park (Journal of Asian Studies). Each editor will talk briefly about their experience highlighting things that are especially important for early career scholars to know and understand about the peer review process. This will be followed by Q&A with participants in the workshop. Registration is free and the roundtable is open to the public.

Storm Clouds Over the Pacific? Impacts of the Invasion of Ukraine on China-Taiwan-US Relations

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent ripples across the international community. Join the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, China Studies Program, and Taiwan Studies Program in-person and online on Tuesday, November 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. PT for a discussion of how the war in Europe is affecting the increasingly tense situation in the Taiwan Strait.

Mechademia: Critical Vistas Upon Global Asian Studies

Mechademia—an intellectual community built around a conference and a journal (University of Minnesota Press)—has stood at the forefront of youth-focused Asian popular culture scholarship since its inception in the early 2000s. With its emphasis upon manga, anime, video games, and other forms of East Asian popular culture and their fan bases, Mechademia has regularly brought together scholars, fans, and practitioners in seeking common dialogue, fresh approaches, and innovative insights.

This Digital Dialogues session seeks to probe the interconnections between Mechademia and Asian Studies. We begin with a brief history of Mechademia led by its founding organizers discussing the impetus for creating the conference and journal. The discussion subsequently broadens to address the following questions:

  • What is the place of popular culture studies in the larger field of Asian Studies?  What can popular culture studies contribute to Asian Studies (and vice versa)?
  • How do fan cultures contribute to our understandings and interactions in Asian Studies?
  • What roles do race, gender, class, nation, and other structuring properties play in the study of fan cultures, with a particular eye to Asian Studies?
  • How might querying popular culture studies help queer Asian Studies?


International Virtual Conference on Judicial Independence in Developing Democracies

The conference has three panel discussions: a) judicial independence: judges roundtable discussion; b) civil society, media, and judicial independence c) judicial independence in developing democracies: works in progress.

This may be of interest to those focusing on East and South Asia, law, and politics. They can register their interest at

Neglected Crossroads: Black Lives in the Japanese Experience/Japanese Lives in the Black Experience

U.S. CULCON is pleased to invite you to a webinar, “Neglected Crossroads: Black Lives in the Japanese Experience/Japanese Lives in the Black Experience” Wednesday, September 28, 9:00-10:00 ET/22:00-23:00 JT. Japanese language interpretation will be provided.

This discussion explores the intersections of Japanese and Black, primarily African American, lives, their historical context and social impact, as well as the expanding and ambivalent role the internet plays in their presentation, reappraisal, and redefinition as both societies grapple with the challenges of diversity in the age of social media.

This program focusing on DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) in the U.S.-Japan partnership is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Registration is required. Please register to join us by Tuesday, September 20 by going to:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meet the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) Editor (Virtual)

This AAS Digital Dialogue session will be an opportunity to meet with Joseph S. Alter, the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, to learn about the preparation of manuscripts for submission and the peer review process. Alter will begin the session with a brief overview of points that are outlined in a short document entitled “Guidelines for Publishing in the Journal of Asian Studies,” which you may access below. The document is designed to address many common questions that relate to publishing and to highlight key points that are especially relevant as you consider submitting your work to the JAS.

Following this overview, the session will be structured around questions you are invited to submit in advance (you may submit questions when registering for the session, or through the button below). These may range from the practical and procedural to broader concerns about how the field of Asian Studies is changing, and how to conceptualize your work in relation to changes in academia more broadly.