‘Japanese/America’ symposium explores art, literature, place, music

Friday, Feb 8, 2019
by Sarah Malone

The Feb. 15 symposium “Japanese/America: Transpacific and Hemispheric” at Princeton will explore the participation of people of Japanese descent in the societies and politics of the Pacific Rim and the Americas.

The program — which is free and open to the public — includes lectures, discussions and a musical performance. It will be held in Chancellor Green Rotunda. Online registration is encouraged.

“This symposium brings together scholars, creative writers, performance artists and our local community,” said Anne Cheng, professor of English and American studies, and director of the Program in American Studies. “We’re excited to explore ‘Japanese/America’ as both a hyphenated and fractured identity whose complexity requires not only a transpacific but also a hemispheric lens.”

The symposium marks the first academic year in which Princeton students are able to earn a certificate in Asian American studies, and celebrates 40 years of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton. It also commemorates the 75th anniversary of World War II Japanese internment and the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State University Third World Strike, which many have seen as the start of the Asian American movement, according to Cheng.