Over the last five years, Global Asias as a conceptual means of bridging discrete academic disciplines studying Asia and its diasporas has come into increasing visibility and prominence. With AAS president-elect Christine Yano embracing the bridging of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies as her presidential mission, the institutional impact of Global Asias is becoming increasingly legible. This roundtable examines the multi-disciplinary scope of Global Asias work as it has been cultivated by and through the award-winning journal Verge: Studies in Global Asias.
The journal acknowledges the generative potential of the verge/verging as a space and/or mechanism for bringing disparate practices, ideas, fields, and methodologies into relation but not necessarily into alignment. One of the potentials of the verge as space/mechanism for generating work on Global Asias is its receptiveness to acknowledgment without resolution, its ability to cultivate a relational non-alignment that simultaneously acknowledges the institutional structures and disciplinary practices that currently organize and make legible work on Asia and its diasporas while highlighting the limits and points of non-contact characterizing the broader infrastructures and methodologies under which such work has traditionally been organized.
The roundtable will highlight the diverse ways Global Asias operates to make possible and organize work on Asia and its diasporas by considering shifts in thinking about the subjects, objects, methods, and praxes of the institutional structures organizing the academic study of Asia, among them area studies, ethnic studies, diaspora studies, and the disciplines and inter-disciplines. Featuring a diverse group of speakers who have participated in the conversation about Global Asias through publication in Verge—including Evelyn Hu-Dehart (History, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies), Andrew Way Leong (English), Long T. Bui (Global and International Studies), Saleema Waraich (Art History), Junyoung Verónica Kim (Visual Culture and Media; Latin American Culture and Literature), and Tina Chen (English and Asian American Studies)—this roundtable aims to foster an expansive discussion about the possibilities and limits of bridging Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies through the rubric of Global Asias.