NYCAS 2021 Program

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Friday, October 1  

Opening Remarks (9 – 9:15 am)

  • Natalie Sarrazin, NYCAS 2021 Conference Chair, SUNY Brockport
  • Damita Davis, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Brockport
  • Patricia Welch, President, NYCAS, Hofstra University

Plenary Session  (9:15 – 10:45 am)

COVID-19 & Asian Life

Dean Jose Maliekal, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

Scapegoating in the time of coronavirus

Gita V. Pai, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse

Recasting the de-globalization narrative: responses to the pandemic in the developing world

Simran Keshwani, Macquarie University, Australia

‘Weaponized’ China’s Vaccine: intertwining international & Domestic Politics 

Dechun Zhang, Leiden University, The Netherlands

“Corona Jihad” & the Indian Muslims: Islamophobia in the Times of Pandemic

Jemima Nasrin, University of Calcutta, India

Session A (11 am – 12:30 pm)

A1 Panel: Pandemic Culture

Shihyun Noh, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

Kumamon &Amabie: Embracing yuru-kyara & folklore in Japan's pandemic culture

Michael Maynard, Temple University

Corona Samhaengsi: Pandemic-Inspired Digital Acrostic Poetry Games in South Korea

Christina Han, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario

Tenbun’s Last Call: Drinking Establishments in Japan Before & During COVID-19

Steven Fedorowicz, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

A2 Panel: Migrants & the Pandemic (11 am – 12:30 pm)

Michael Laver, Chair (Rochester Institute of Technology) 

Gendered Experience of the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Korean Immigrant Families Negotiate the Gendered Roles

Byung Soo Lee, University at Buffalo

Shiyuyuanwei  (Expectations vs. Reality):  Pandemic Narratives Among Chinese International Students

Zhaoying Chen, University of California, Irvine

Migrant workers in Japan before & during the Pandemic

Piyada Chonlaworn Tenri University Japan

What does it mean to be Singaporean? Reconstructing migrant worker identities in a neoliberal COVID-19 world

Kar Lok Pang, University of Oxford 

A3 Panel: Pandemics & Asian Economies (11 am – 12:30 pm)

Lerong He, Chair (SUNY Brockport)

China Strengthening Her “Image” & “Influence” in South Asian BRI Countries in the Post-Pandemic Era

Bhavana Kumari, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Changes in banking sector in China & Russia in post-pandemic era

Ekaterina Serbina, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Science

The Covid-19 Pandemic as a World-Historical Event & the Indian Crisis

Monazir Khan, SUNY Binghamton

A Quantitative & Qualitative Approach to Understanding Key Drivers of Recovery & Growth for Southeast Asia in a Post-Pandemic Era

Vasanth Narayanan, Stanford University

A4 Roundtable: Exploring Contentious Politics in Thailand through Story Completion Exercises: Digital Ethnography in Pandemic Times (11 am – 12:30 pm)

Petra Desatova, Chair, (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies) 

  • Duncan McCargo, University of Copenhagen
  • Saowanee Alexander, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand
  • Anyarat Chattharakul, Independent Scholar

Afternoon Keynote (12:45- 1:30 pm)

Introduction: Natalie Sarrazin

What this moment in time requires from Asian Americans

Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation

Session B (1:45 – 3:15 pm)

B1 Panel: Education & Inclusivity (1:45 – 3:15 pm)

Jie Zhang, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

The Pandemic Made It (Im)possible: Remote Teaching in the PRC

Rebecca Ehrenwirth, University of Applied Sciences/SDI Munich

In the Name of Education: Pandemic & the Digital Divide in Indian Education System. 

Disha Ray, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India

Building a sense of belonging & contributing to equity, diversity & inclusion: A Chinese female faculty’s journey in a US higher education institution

Zhang, Jie, SUNY Brockport

Reflections on Bengali Literary Canon Formation & Linguistic Engineering in a post-Pandemic World

Suhail Islam, Nazareth College

B2 Panel: Faith, Spirituality & the Pandemic (1:45 – 3:15 pm)

Priyam Rangan, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

COVID-19 Pandemic & Global Spirituality: A Causal Outline of Humanistic Sensitivity in Asia

Rev Wadigala Samitharathana Thero, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Reading The Pandemic as An Existential Moment: A View From India

Amrit Mishra, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

COVID-19, Public Health & the Right to Political Dissent: The Case of Habib Rizieq & the Islamic Defenders Front in Indonesia

Megan Abbas Brankley, Colgate University

Faith & the political ecology of disease in South Asia: The post-pandemic thinking

Asif Mehmood, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

B3 Roundtable: Political Engagement of Asian/Pacific/American Artists in the Post Pandemic Era (1:45 – 3:15 pm)

Kyunghee Pyun, Moderator 

  • Kyunghee Pyun, Fashion Institute of Technology 
  • Soojung Hyun, Montclair State University 
  • Deborah Saleeby-Mulligan, Manhattanville College
  • Joo Yeon Woo, University of South Florida 
  • Nicola Rodriguez, Independent Scholar 
  • Paige Johnston, Independent Scholar 
  • Nijia Cui, New York University

Saturday, October 2 

NYCAS Executive Board Meeting (7 – 8:15 am)

Session C (8:30 – 10 am)

C1 Panel: Religious Change in Contemporary Vietnamese Society, (8:30 – 10 am)

Lauren Meeker, Chair (New Paltz) 

Ritual Formalization & Intensification: The Cult of RITUAL “108 CHIÊU ỨNG ANH LIỆT” of the Ethnic Hainan Chinese in Vietnam 

Tho Nguyen, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City

Dialogue Performance & the Creation of “Tradition” in the TẦM VU Vegetarian Festival in Long An, Vietnam 

Diep Le, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City

Ghe ngo of the Khmer in the South of Vietnam: From a symbol in agricultural rituals to contemporary discourses

Chung Pham, Institute of Religious Studies, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences

Relic or Body? Afterlife Beliefs & the Conflicts of Urbanization in Vietnam

Hai Dinh, Department of Anthropology, Vietnam National University - Hanoi

C2 Panel: Cultural Appropriation in Arts (8:30 – 10 am)

Victor Vicente, Chair (Independent Scholar) 

The "Empty" Shot in Chinese cinema

Siying Duan, Shanghai University, China

The Mikado, Or Cultural Appropriation During the Japan Craze

Bridget Dooley, Rochester Institute of Technology

A Comparative Analysis of Ubume(姑獲鳥)’s Images in Japanese & Chinese Cultures

Jian Wang, Independent Scholar

Korean Classical Musician’s Identities in Korean Film Music

Yoon Joo Hwang, University of Central Florida

C3 Panel: Governance & Law in Asia (8:30 – 10 am)

Neal Keating, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

Should I believe my Government? Indonesian Youth Movements, their social & digital connectivity’s for Future Employment, Support for Gender Equity- Anti Sexual Violence, & Searching for Common ground on Climate Justice & Anti-Racism (The Case Study of Aliansi Rakyat Bergerak)

Arie Setyaningrum Pamungkas, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Law & Labour: Domestic Workers in India

Audichya, Nikita, Maitreyi College University of Delhi/ Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

The Counterintuitive Approach of Vietnam’s Consumer Protection Law & Policy in the Digital Economy & a Way Forward

Hai Doan, University of Otago, New Zealand

Modern Grassroot Vietnamese Attitudes Towards ASEAN

David Owen, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

C4 Panel:  Historical & Contemporary Politics (8:30 – 10 am)

Thamora Fishel, Chair (Cornell University) 

The Shift in the Regime of Silence:  Selective Erasure of the 1965 Massacre in post-New Order Indonesia’s Official Narratives

Suzanna Eddyono, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

A Nation Without Ethnic Essentialism? An Alternative Sino-Japanese Model of Civic Language Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Ashley Liu, University of Maryland

The Carnivalesque of “Big People”: Social Media Politics & Youth Uprising in Thailand

Moodjalin Sudcharoen, University of Chicago

The Reforestation of South Korea, the United States & the Anthropocene: Aid, Environmentalism, & the Cold War

James Podgorski, SUNY Binghamton 

C5 Panel: Religion & Indigenous Beliefs(8:30 – 10 am)

Gareth Fisher, Chair (Syracuse University) 

“Confucian Freedom: Practice, Morality, and Responsibility” 

Zejian Zhou, St. Lawrence University (NYCAS Undergraduate Honorable Mention)

Hu Shih’s methodological awakening as a pragmatist: Historical perspective of the emphasis on Dewey’s philosophy

Daiki Yamashita, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University, Japan

Mainstreaming indigenous knowledge in formal learning: the case of Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education in the Philippines

Giselle Miole, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Japan

The Casualties of Nationhood

Shoaib Ekram, Rabindra Bharati University, India

Session D (10:15 - 11:45 am)

D1 Panel: Environmental & Social Responsibility (10:15 - 11:45 am)

Dean Jose Maliekal, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

The Land Question: Conceptualizing a Relational Environment 

Surabhi Pant, University at Buffalo

Making it work here: a mixed-method research of Asian refugee employment experience in Buffalo, New York

Shiyue Cui, University at Buffalo

Migration & Citizenship in West Bengal: Some Reflections

Aditi Mukherjee, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Citizenry, Variety & Money in AIR’s Hawa Mahal

Shantam Goyal, University at Buffalo 

D2 Panel: Artistic Reflections on the Nation (10:15 - 11:45 am)

Philip Guingona, Chair (Wells College) 

Untouchable: On the Cultural Politics of Hands in Yan Lianke's Dream of Ding Village
Elise Huerta, Stanford University “Even if it Means Our Battles to Date are Meaningless” The anime Gundam Wing & Postwar History, Memory, & Identity in Japan 

Genevieve Peterson, University of Massachusetts Boston

Photographs of the Injured: the Occupation of the Ottoman Bank (1896) & its Visual Representation

Baek Kyong Jo, Seoul National University, Korea

The Biopolitics & Self-contextualization in Chen Chieh-jen’s Realm of Reverberations

Hsin-Yun Cheng, University of Rochester

D3 Panel: Life in Modern Asia

Mark Nathan, Chair (University at Buffalo) 

“A Dangerous Woman: Anna May Wong (黃柳霜) & Her American Dreams”

Li-Lin Tseng, Pittsburgh State University

Representation of Asian (Im)migrant Others in Korean TV Shows 

Jeongyun Ko, Dong-A University, Korea

Our Perpetual Liberated Zone with Our Perpetual Companion: Korean Jeju Haenyeo & Jeju Ocean

Hee Sook Lee Niinioja, Independent Scholar

Social network range, but not size, is longitudinally associated with cardiac biomarkers in Korean older adults

Baldina, Ekaterina, Yonsei University, Korea

D4 Roundtable: Indigenous Peoples & Land Issues in Cambodia & Vietnam (10:15 - 11:45 am)

Neal Keating, Chair (SUNY Brockport) 

  • Glan Bubong, Independent Scholar
  • Ria Bubong, Independent Scholar
  • Sochea Pheap, Program Coordinator SIPDP
  • Lorang Yun, Program Coordinator, BIPO

D5 Panel: Modern Japanese Literature (10:15 - 11:45 am)

Patricia Welch, Chair (Hofstra University) 

1984 or 1Q84?: The Meta-Referential Properties of the Murikamiverse

Brigette Meskell, University at Buffalo

The Nuclear Beautiful in the Writings of Mishima Yukio

Scott Mehl, Colgate University

Elements or Models: Japanese Adaptations of Water Margin

Liu, Jionghao, Binghamton University, 

(A)moral Absence: Three Considerations of Murakami Haruki’s “Barn Burning”

Adam DeCaulp, Rutgers University 

Luncheon Keynote & Award Ceremony (12 - 1:15 pm)

  • Welcome
  • Marleigh Grayer Ryan Prize Winners, Tiantian Zheng
  • Annual Meeting NYCAS and Election, Philip Guingona
  • Keynote Address, Kamran Ali, incoming President, AAS - “Female Desire, Forbidden Love and Forgotten Archives: Sexual Politics in 1960s Pakistani Cinema” Kamran Asdar Ali, University of Texas at Austin

Session E (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm)

E1 Panel: Women in Premodern China (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm)

Siyin Zhao, Chair (Rochester Institute of Technology) 

Emperor Wu Zetian & Her Gender Awareness

Lai, Yuki Rochester Institute of Technology

Urban Life, Status, & Roles of Women in Tang Chang’an

Holmbraker, Aidan, Rochester Institute of Technology

Influence of Neo-Confucianism on the Song Women’s Properties: Case Studies from Unmarried Daughters & Wives with no Sons

Iman, Evonne, Rochester Institute of Technology

E2 Panel: Reconfigurations of China in the World (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm)

Kristin Stapleton, Chair (University at Buffalo), Xin Fan (SUNY Fredonia), Discussant

Casting Transnational China

Guingona, Philip, Wells College

What Was Loving China? Revolutionizing Patriotism & Patriotizing Internationalism under Mao

Yue (Mara) Du, Cornell University

China’s Gyrations from Mao Zedong to Xi Zinping through a Personal Lens

Ross Terrill, Harvard University 

E3 Panel: Tradition & Modernity in Contemporary China (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm)

Tiantian Zheng, Chair (SUNY Cortland) 

The Criminal Justice System & Anti-Domestic Violence Law in Postsocialist China

Zheng, Tiantian, SUNY Cortland

Religious Activity Sites: Exploring Buddhism & Secularity in Post-Mao China

Gareth Fisher, Syracuse University

State Anti-Poverty Programs in Rural Ethnic China

Jinglin Piao, Cornell University

Taiji & Secret Cures: Traditional Health Culture & the Outbreak of Covid-19

John Abercrombie, Syracuse University

E4 Panel: The Belt-and-Road Initiative in Nepal & Pakistan (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm)

Heather Hindman, Chair (University of Texas, Austin) 

The Feasibility of Nepal inspiring a Belt-and-Road Investment Dispute Resolution Mechanism between China & its Contiguous Neighbors

Daniel Loebell, Cornell University 

The Himalayan BRI: a historic opportunity for Nepal's path toward alternative development

Dinesh Paudel, Appalachian State University

The making of a ‘new Dubai’: Infrastructural rhetoric & development in Pakistan

Mustafa Khan SOAS London 


“Creative Approaches in Pedagogy: Teaching during COVID-19” 

Hiromi Dollase, Moderator

  • Hiromi Dollase, Vassar College                                        
  • Patricia Welch, Hofstra University       
  • Mitsuaki Shimojo, SUNY Buffalo
  • Mitsuko Takei, Hiroshima Shudo University   
  • Miho Fujiwara, Willamette University                        
  • Junko Ikeda Swartzman, Binghamton University
  • Yumiko Naito, Independent Scholar                    
  • Keiko Miyajima, John Jay College
  • Sayaka Abe, Middlebury College 
  • Mari Fujimoto, Queens College
  • Nathen Clerici, SUNY New Paltz

Session F (3 – 4:30 pm)

F1 Panel: Performance & Cultural Identity (3 – 4:30 pm)

Natalie Sarrazin, Chair (SUNY Brockport)

"Hear the Difference": Musical Performance, Ethnography & the Notion of Cultural Affinity at Macau’s Lusofonia Festival

Victor Vicente, Independent Scholar

The Ascendancy of BTS, the Asian Boy Band in Overcoming the Privileges & Racial Overtones in the Light of Covid-19 Pandemic

Hanna Isath N, Independent Scholar

On Detour with Dinagyang Digital 360°: Delving into the Future of Philippine Dance Festivals

Jemuel Garcia Jr. University of California Riverside, USA/ West Visayas State University, Iloilo, Philippines

“From Heart to Heart” (以心伝心): Cross-Cultural Ethical Riding the Korean Wave Hallyu (韓流)

James Bretzke, John Carroll University

F2 Panel: Racial & National Identity (3 – 4:30 pm)

Walt Hakala, Chair (University at Buffalo) 

Conflating Blackness & Rurality: Urban Politics & Social Control of Africans in Guangzhou

Guangzhi Huang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Performing Race, Remaking Identity: Chinese Visual Artists in New York

Feng Chen, The New School

The indigeneity of Myanmar’s Rohingya - new evidence from the East India Company archive

Ronan Lee, Queen Mary University of London

“There are No Seeds Here”: Severing Seed Sovereignty in Mae La Camp

Terese Virginia Gagnon, Syracuse University, Marleigh Grayer Ryan Prize, Runner-up

F3 Panel: Asian Lives in Literature (3 – 4:30 pm)

Chair Nathen Clerici (SUNY New Paltz) 

Finding the Way: The Search for English Language Scholarship on the Japanese Martial Arts

Tim Cooper, Siena College

The Sinophone Muslim Literary Tradition in Central Asia: A Study of the Emergence & Development of Dungan Literature

Kenneth J. Yin, City University of New York–LaGuardia

Doi Bansui, the Victor Frankenstein of Japanese New-Style Verse

Nicholas Albertson, Colgate University

The Rise of Afro-Eurasian Tourism: Individual Mobility & Transcultural Connectivity Along the Medieval Silk Roads

Baoli Yang, Brown University

F4 Panel: Gender, Sexuality & Discrimination (3 – 4:30 pm)

Mao Chen, Chair (Skidmore College)

“Flowers of the rear garden”: The People’s Republic of China’s Male Homosexological Lexicon

Andreanna Downing Zheng, Wells College

The Limits of Love: Gendering Secularism & the Crisis of Citizenship in India

Shahin Kachwala, SUNY Oneonta

(Re)Orienting Anti-Politics: Western Queer Subjectivity in Authoritarian China

Evan Zhao, University of Chicago

Caste & Race: Hierarchy & Marginalization in India & the US 

Apurva Apurva, SUNY Oneonta

F5 Panel: Female Perspectives in Arts & Literature (3 – 4:30 pm)

Lauren Meeker, Chair (SUNY New Paltz) 

What Can We Learn from Asian Science Fiction in the Post-Pandemic Era? Women Writers’ Representation of Cyborgs in Contemporary Chinese & Korean Science Fiction

Seoyeon Lee, University of Southern California

Musical Intimacies: a story of ethnographic filmmaking, an American-Burmese Hsaing ensemble, & a pandemic

Lauren Meeker, SUNY New Paltz

“Three Trees Make a Mountain”: Women & Contramodern Buddhist Volunteerism in Vietnam

Sara Ann Swenson, Dartmouth College (Marleigh Grayer Ryan Prize Winner)

Defending the Samurai: Alice Mabel Bacon & Meiji Japan at War

Joseph Henning, Rochester Institute of Technology 

Last Updated 7/21/22