In this roundtable, we explore the relationship between area studies and ethnic studies in the context of Southeast Asia. While some recent work has addressed the intellectual space between Southeast Asian and Asian American Studies (e.g. Ngo, Nguyen and Lam 2012) and other recent work critiques the construct of area studies in the context of Asia (e.g. Walker and Sakai 2019), assesses the relationship between area studies and global studies (Stevens, Miller-Idriss, and Shami 2018), and addresses the nature of ethnic studies (e.g. Okihiro 2010), here we focus specifically on Southeast Asia and the Southeast Asian diaspora in North America. We explore the framing of these intellectual spaces while considering their institutionalization at a range of American academic institutions, and their interdisciplanrity or disciplinarity across the humanities and social sciences, from the perspectives of Southeast Asian national and regional studies within area and ethnic studies.
Discussants: Christine Bacareza Balance, Cornell University, Performing and Media Arts, Asian-American Studies and Southeast Asian Studies, Filipino and Filipino American studies; Lina Chhun, Stanford University, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Social Psychology, Asian American Studies, Cambodian and Cambodian American Studies; Fiona Ngô, UIUC, Asian American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Queer Theory, Thu-Huong Nguyen-Vo, UCLA, Asian Languages and Cultures, Asian American Studies, Vietnamese and Vietnamese American Studies.
Each discussant will briefly frame how their work engages across geographic and disciplinary space and present their perspectives on the following questions with the goals of fostering conversations about these issues on our campuses and across our campuses: