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Presentation & Publications


Southeast Asian American Studies Conference (2014 and 2017) - Southeast Asian American studies encompasses multiple sociopolitical formations that intersect with war, immigration, race, citizenship and identity. It is a diverse field that spans multiple disciplines (social sciences, education, cultural studies, humanities) and multiple sites (Filipino/a American Studies, Vietnamese American Studies, Laotian American Studies, Hmong Studies, Cambodian American Studies, Thai American Studies, and diasporic Southeast Asian Studies). At the 2014 “States of Southeast Asian American Studies” conference on Oct. 2-3 at the University of Minnesota, researchers from CAAS will present at two sessions: “Session 1D: Advocacy, Resettlement, and Health: Refugees in Transitions” and the closing plenary, an interactive session on Southeast Asians in New England. 

The UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies will host the next Southeast Asian American Studies conference in 2017.

Books and Publications

"Chinese Language Narration: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion," Allyssa McCabe, Chien-ju Chang, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013, Language Arts & Disciplines.
"Chinese Language Narration: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion" is a collection of papers presenting original research on narration in Mandarin, especially as it contrasts to what is known regarding narration in English.  One chapter addresses dinner table conversation between Chinese immigrant parents and children in the United States compared to non-immigrant peers.  Other chapters consider evaluation patterns in Mandarin versus English, referencing strategies, coherence patterns, socioeconomic differences among Taiwanese Mandarin-speaking children, and differences in narration due to Specific Language Impairment and schizophrenia. Several chapters address developmental concerns.  Distinctive aspects of narration in Mandarin are linked to larger issues of autobiographical memory. Mandarin is spoken by far more people than any other language, yet narration in this language has received notably less attention than narration in Western languages. This collective effort is a critical addition to our understanding of cross-cultural similarities and differences in how people make sense of experiences through narrative. 

"On Anger: Race, Cognition, Narrative," Sue J. Kim (Univ. of Texas Press, 2013)
"On Anger" opens a stimulating dialogue between cognitive studies and cultural studies to argue that anger is always socially and historically constructed and complexly ideological, and that the predominant individualistic conceptions of anger are insufficient to explain its collective, structural, and historical nature. Examining narratives such as Maxine Hong Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior” and the HBO series “The Wire,” “On Anger” argues that race is central to our conceptions and experiences of anger. Learn more at

"The Wilderness," Poems by Sandra Lim (W. W. Norton, 2014)
Winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, "The Wilderness" is the second collection of poems by Sandra Lim. "In its stern, quiet way 'The Wilderness' is as thrilling a book as I have read in a very long time," writes former Poet Laureate of the United States Louise Glück.