Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of Asian America about about their new books.

Adam Goodman, "The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants" (Princeton UP, 2020)

June 2, 2024

The Deportation Machine

Adam Goodman
Hosted by Jaime Sánchez

Many of us know that immigrants have been deported from the United States for well over a century, but has anyone ever asked how? In The Deportation M…

Gina Chung, "Green Frog: Stories" (Vintage, 2024)

May 29, 2024

Green Frog

Gina Chung
Hosted by Chris Holmes

From the author of Sea Change comes Green Frog: Stories (Vintage, 2024) a short story collection that explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, anim…

The Translator's Daughter: A Discussion with Grace Loh Prasad

May 23, 2024

The Translator's Daughter

Grace Loh Prasad

Today’s book is: The Translator’s Daughter: A Memoir (Mad Creek Books, 2024), by Grace Loh Prasad, which is a unique immigration story about the lonel…

Tessa Winkelmann, "Dangerous Intercourse: Gender and Interracial Relations in the American Colonial Philippines, 1898–1946" (Cornell UP, 2023)

May 15, 2024

Dangerous Intercourse

Tessa Winkelmann
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Dangerous Intercourse: Gender and Interracial Relations in the American Colonial Philippines, 1898–1946 (Cornell University Press, 2023), Dr. Tessa…

Salar Mameni, "Terracene: A Crude Aesthetics" (Duke UP, 2023)

May 5, 2024

Terracene

Salar Mameni
Hosted by Najwa Mayer

In Terracene: A Crude Aesthetics (Duke UP, 2023), Salar Mameni historicizes the popularization of the scientific notion of the Anthropocene alongside …

Katie Gee Salisbury, "Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong" (Dutton, 2024)

May 2, 2024

Not Your China Doll

Katie Gee Salisbury
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

In 2022, the U.S. Mint released the first batch of its American Women Quarters series, celebrating the achievements of U.S. women throughout its histo…

Catherine Ceniza Choy, "Asian American Histories of the United States" (Beacon Press, 2022)

May 1, 2024

Asian American Histories of the United States

Catherine Ceniza Choy
Hosted by Donna Anderson

To begin the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this episode features a conversation with Dr. Catherine Ceniza Choy about her book …

Melody Yunzi Li, "Transpacific Cartographies: Narrating the Contemporary Chinese Diaspora in the United States" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

April 30, 2024

Transpacific Cartographies

Melody Yunzi Li
Hosted by Linshan Jiang

Transpacific Cartographies: Narrating the Contemporary Chinese Diaspora in the U.S. (Rutgers University Press, 2023) examines how contemporary Chinese…

Hiromi Ito, "Tree Spirits Grass Spirits" (Nightboat Books, 2023)

April 28, 2024

Tree Spirits Grass Spirits

Hiromi Ito
Hosted by Jingyi Li

A collected series of intertwined poetic essays written by acclaimed Japanese poet Hiromi Ito--part nature writing, part travelogue, part existential …

Michael Liu, "Forever Struggle: Activism, Identity, and Survival in Boston's Chinatown, 1880-2018" (U Massachusetts Press, 2020)

April 22, 2024

Forever Struggle

Michael Liu
Hosted by Shu Wan

Chinatown has a long history in Boston. Though little documented, it represents the city's most sustained neighborhood effort to survive during eras o…

Amanda Mei Kim, "California Obscura," The Common magazine (2023)

April 19, 2024

California Obscura

Amanda Mei Kim
Hosted by Emily Everett

Amanda Mei Kim speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about her essay “California Obscura,” which appears in The Common’s most recent issue, in a por…

SunAh M. Laybourn, "Out of Place: The Lives of Korean Adoptee Immigrants" (NYU Press, 2024)

March 27, 2024

Out of Place

SunAh M. Laybourn
Hosted by Leslie Hickman

Dr. SunAh M. Laybourn’s Out of Place: The Lives of Korean Adoptee Immigrants (NYU Press, 2024) explores the experiences of Korean adoptees, the larges…

Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm

March 14, 2024

Secret Harvests

David Mas Masumoto

Today’s book is: Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm (Red Hen Press, 2023), by David Mas Masumoto. In hi…

Diego Javier Luis, "The First Asians in the Americas: A Transpacific History" (Harvard UP, 2024)

March 5, 2024

The First Asians in the Americas

Diego Javier Luis
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Between 1565 and 1815, the so-called Manila galleons enjoyed a near-complete monopoly on transpacific trade between Spain’s Asian and American colonie…

Zhongping Chen, "Transpacific Reform and Revolution: The Chinese in North America, 1898-1918" (Stanford UP, 2023)

March 4, 2024

Transpacific Reform and Revolution

Zhongping Chen
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the turbulent end of China’s imperial system, violent revolutionary movements, and the fraught …

Mimi Khúc, "dear elia: Letters from the Asian American Abyss" (Duke UP, 2023)

March 3, 2024

dear elia

Mimi Khúc
Hosted by Julia Lee

Mimi Khúc is a PhD, writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. She is currently the Co-Editor of The Asian American Literary Review and an adjunc…

Neema Avashia, "Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place" (West Virginia UP, 2022)

February 25, 2024

Another Appalachia

Neema Avashia
Hosted by Julia Lee

Neema Avashia is the daughter of Indian immigrants and was born and raised in southern West Virginia. She has been an educator and activist in the Bos…

Diego Javier Luis, "The First Asians in the Americas: A Transpacific History" (Harvard UP, 2024)

February 15, 2024

The First Asians in the Americas

Diego Javier Luis
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

There’s a popular folk hero in Puebla, Mexico—Catarina de San Juan, who Mexicans hailed as a devoted religious figure after her death in 1688. She’s c…

Wendy Cheng, "Island X: Taiwanese Student Migrants, Campus Spies, and Cold War Activism" (U Washington Press, 2023)

February 8, 2024

Island X

Wendy Cheng
Hosted by Donna Anderson

This episode, which is co-hosted with Tandee Wang, features a conversation with Dr. Wendy Cheng, author of Island X: Taiwanese Student Migrants, Campu…

Julia Ornelas-Higdon, "The Grapes of Conquest: Race, Labor, and the Industrialization of California Wine, 1769–1920" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

February 3, 2024

The Grapes of Conquest

Julia Ornelas-Higdon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

California’s wine country conjures images of pastoral vineyards and cellars lined with oak barrels. As a mainstay of the state’s economy, California w…