Center for Asian Studies


Asian Culture Forum: “Chinese Muslims and the Second Generation Ethnic Policy Moment” by Prof. Kevin Caffrey

Saturday, March 27. 4PM CST Free virtual event. Click here to register in advance or join the Teams meeting by clicking here at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.

Professor Kevin Caffrey is an expert in Chinese Muslin people and their interlocutors, with particular emphasis on the stigma, rumor, and stereotyping of the Hui as a “dangerous” people. He ahs written many articles on Chinese ethno-religious politics, fear, stigma/rumor, mass sport, and soft power. He currently is Director of Ronald E. NcNair Scholars Program and Professor in The University of North Texas.

Asian Culture Forum: “BTS for BLM: K-pop, Race, and Transcultural Fandom” by Prof. Michelle Cho

Saturday, January 30, 4-5:30PM. Free virtual eventClick here to register in advance or join the Teams meeting by clicking here at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.

In this special Asian Culture Forum, Prof. Michelle Cho, University of Toronto, Prof. Cho will provide an overview of the online activities, politicization and media coverage of K-pop fans in the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racist activism; she will also discuss the K-pop group BTS’s cultural and historic relationship with Black pop cultural forms, and Black-Korean relations in the U.S. since the 1980s.  

Michelle Cho, is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research and teaching focus on questions of collectivity and popular aesthetics in Korean film, media, and popular culture. She has published on Asian cinemas and Korean wave television, video, and pop music in such venues as Cinema Journal, the International Journal of CommunicationThe Korean Popular Culture Reader, and Asian Video Cultures (2019 “Best Edited Collection” Award winner, Society for Cinema and Media Studies).

Charles Yu in Conversation with Dr. Dennis Kratz
Wednesday, January 27, 7-8:30PM. Virtual online. Click here to register.
Charles Yu’s novel Interior Chinatown won the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. Yu is the author of four books—including How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe—and a writer for the HBO series Westworld.  He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications.  

Dr. Dennis Kratz is Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

“Orwell between East and West” by Prof. Andrew Rubin

Thursday, January 21, 7-8:30PM. Free virtual event. Click here to register in advance or join the Teams meeting by clicking here at 7:00pm on the day of the event.

In this featured lecture, Professor Andrew Rubin will explore the connection between politics and the literary imagination. He will ask what is at stake for the novel’s commitment to the human pursuit of truth if we fail to view Nineteen Eighty-Four as, above all else, a work of English literature. 

Professor Andrew Rubin is the author of Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2012), and most recently, the editor of The Selected Works of Edward Said, 1966-2006 (Vintage, 2019). He has taught at Georgetown University, Columbia University, and Barnard College.