Pacific New England consortium workshopon digital research and pedagogy in Asian American studies
MIT campus
Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 11:00am – 2:00pm
Stata Center/ Building 32, Room D461
Presentations on on digital Chinese-Canadian history projects and participant-led workshop on digital syllabi and assignments.

Henry Yu – “Present Tense: Chinese Migrations and the Making of Pacific Futures”Dr. Yu discusses how the spread of ubiquitous institutions such as local Chinese restaurants reflected the rise of Cantonese migration networks across the Pacific and then around the globe, and the role that these migrants’ aspirations played historically in the 19th and 20th centuries in creating a sense of the future in the Pacific–a future that has become our present. Prof. Yu, who teaches at the University of British Columbia, shares his research on the rise of the “Cantonese Pacific” and how history-making has become a political activity of broad civic importance in British Columbia in the present moment of tension over the rise of China as a global superpower. Henry Yu is Principal of the St John Graduate College and Association Professor of History, University of British Columbia.

Chris Lee – “Asian Canadian Studies: Networks, Programs, and Prospects”Dr. Lee will cover network building in the field as well as institutional developments and frame these developments within some broader issues about the educational institution in Canada. Lee is Director of Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, Associate Professor of English, University of British Columbia

Open to MIT Community.Space limited. RSVP required (RSVP response form).

Event organizers: Heather Lee, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT
Emma Teng, T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations, Head, Global Studies and Languages, MIT

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Pacific New England is a collective of locally-based academics who teach and research on transnational Asian American Studies. At the fall gathering 2015, we will exchange of ideas and resource about Asian American Studies in a digital age. Participants will learn about current digital projects, technology-based learning platforms, and digital classroom assignments.

This event was made possible by generous contributions from the Global Borders Research Collaborative in MIT Global Studies and Languages, SHASS/ Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, and the Chinese Endowment Fund.