2023 APA Studies Symposium

Fri, March 24, 2023 4:00 PM - Sat, March 25, 2023 6:00 PM at MOSAIC Multipurpose Room, MSU Union 2F

The theme of this year’s Asian Pacific American Studies Symposium at Michigan State University, Creating Critical Connections: Building Solidarity within Asian Pacific Islander Desi American/Asian Communities, draws inspiration from activist, writer, and speaker Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015). As is well known, Boggs’s seven decades of political involvement encompassed the major U.S. social movements, including the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in Detroit, Michigan, which she developed in partnership with her husband and black autoworker James Boggs (1919-93). Grace Lee Boggs writes in her 2012 book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty First Century, that “Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass.” While critical mass may seem powerful, greatness in numbers alone is insufficient if the goal is advocacy for lasting change. Collective action for good occurs when we make connections that appreciate the power in human relationships and connected communities. We stand with Boggs in our quest to open a space where APDIDA/A communities and allies can build critical connections and solidarity through the organization of the 2023 APA Studies Symposium.

Click here to read more about what the Symposium features with our call for proposals.

General Audience:

Please register for the whole 2-day symposium here.

And, you may register for only the keynote here.


Symposium Schedule

Friday, March 24th:

4-5:15pm Keynote (in person and livestreamed):
S. Heijin Lee (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
5:30-7pm Panel 1 (in person):
History, Art, and Literature and Asian American Identity
Saturday, March 25th:
8:30-9:30am Research flash talk (in person):
Global Asia/America, Activism, and Barriers to Justice
9:45-11:15am Panel II (in person):
Resistance, Solidarity, and New Challenges
11:30am-12:30pm Workshop (in person):
Emerging Chamoru-South Asian Collaborations: Scholar-Activists, Cultural Producers, and “Aunties” Talk Story & Dialogue about Strategies of Resistance in the Midwest 
1:45-2:45pm Research flash talk (virtual):
Media, Performance, Generation, and Identity Formation
3-4:30pm Panel III (in person):
Intersectionality: Anti-racism, Sexism, and Heteronormativity
4:45-5:45pm Graduate student mentoring panel (in person)
Presenters: If you haven't yet, please confirm your attendance using this form.