Inter-area/Border Crossing

Roundtable Session

69 - Re-Conceptualizing Asia: Representing Race, Capital and Region

7/6/2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Silveroak I, Ground Floor

Our roundtable explores the idea of "Asia" through two particular lenses, representation and race. The history of race derives from a history of the movement and through the circulation of capital, media, and spatial representations, Asia has viewed itself through an intertwined self and other. From maps to companies,  the experience of Asia has long been imagined as a sum of discrete parts, but since the acceleration of digital media in particular, it has, for example, become common for people in India to watch popular Korean television shows and vice versa, while adaptations across geographic and national boundaries have become a popular practice. Such global practices are re-constituting the boundedness of regions while the flow of representation and capital across borders challenges the very stability of categories of identity and nationhood


As older ideas of area studies neglect the current day reality of circulation of narratives that move across global contexts, our effort proposes lively discussions of representation that accounts for a configuration of race, power, and agency that derives from such circulation. Our roundtable will engage the following questions:


1. What are the implications and limitations of an inter-Asian approach and how might this approach reconceptualize Asia as a dynamic and interconnected formation?


2. How do localized approaches expand the terminology, methodology, theory, and teaching "Asia"?


3. In responding to global concerns and trends is there a reshaping and reinterpretation of representation in a uniquely Asian way?


To so do, our focus will be to de-Westernize the idea of "Asia" and Maya Dodd and Hyesu Park will pay particular attention to the ways in which contemporary racial and ethnic diversities of Asia are informed by intra-regional representation. Kasturi Gupta will lay out a connected history of the movement of capital, through the case of the Tata company, to historicize the mercantile connections of the region. Rahul Chopra will discuss the mapping imaginary and how historical GIS and data visualization expand the analytical possibilities for an environmental history told beyond national boundaries.


Hyesu Park

Bellevue College, United States

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Maya Dodd

Flame University, India

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Hyesu Park

Bellevue College, United States

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Maya Dodd

Flame University, India

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Kasturi Gupta

Yale University, United States

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Rahul Chopra

International Council for Science, India, India

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