CALL FOR PAPERS: Exhibiting Race and Culture

Amerasia Journal‘s latest call for papers:
With Guest Editors:
Professor Constance Chen (Loyola Marymount University)
Professor Melody Rod-ari (Loyola Marymount University)

Publication Date: Issue planned for Summer/Fall 2017 publication

Due Date: Paper submission (5,000-6,000 words excluding endnotes) due November 15, 2016

In 1886, Queen Victoria opened the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London seated on the golden throne of the deposed Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a potent symbol of the “bonds of union” within the British Empire.  While Indian colonial subjects were made visible through the creation and dissemination of certain visual imageries, they were rendered powerless and voiceless in the process.  In recent decades, scholars from a multitude of disciplines have problematized Western perceptions of “the East” by interrogating and dismantling existing paradigms and frameworks.  Moreover, the display and repatriation of Asian and Pacific Islander cultural artifacts as well as the (in)visibility of Asian Pacific Americans in popular media have led to discussions regarding how various peoples have sought to conceptualize themselves locally and internationally, thereby further complicating racial discourses and transnational exchanges.

In this special issue of Amerasia Journal, we seek to examine the ways in which visual representations have shaped political, socioeconomic, cultural, and ideological milieus on both sides of the Pacific across historical time and geographical space.  How have Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders been portrayed and—in turn—portrayed themselves in museums, world’s fairs, international biennales, visual and performing arts, the media, literature, film and television, politics, and beyond?  How do imperialist sentiments still manifest themselves through the visual?  How are race and culture imagined and redefined from differing localities and time periods?  How can marginalized groups utilize the depiction of the non-West to refashion individual and national identities?  We invite submissions that delve into topics such as, but not limited to, the display of indigenous cultures in museums, the role of heritage sites and tourism in the fabrication of nationalism, the construction of race in electoral politics, the intersection of racial and gender discourses in film and television, the engendering of Otherness by peoples of color, the impact of political cartoons on nineteenth-century immigration legislations as well as comparative analyses across racial-ethnic groups.  We are particularly interested in essays that use interdisciplinary approaches and cross-cultural perspectives.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process

The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make the decisions on which submissions will be included in the special issue.  The process is as follows:

  • Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
  • Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
  • Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission

All correspondences should refer to “Amerasia Journal Exhibiting Race and Culture Issue” in the subject line.  Please send inquiries and manuscripts to Professor Constance Chen (, Professor Melody Rod-ari (, and Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor (

Download a PDF of this CFP: Exhibiting Race and Culture, Amerasia Journal

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Announcing: Call for 2016-2017 Lucie Cheng Prize Nominations

2016-2017 Lucie Cheng Prize Nominations

Amerasia Journal invites faculty to nominate exceptional graduate student essays (masters and doctoral level) in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies for the 2016-2017 Lucie Cheng Prize. The selected article will be published in Amerasia Journal, with a $1,500 prize to be awarded to the winner.

The Lucie Cheng Prize honors the late Professor Lucie Cheng (1939-2010), a longtime faculty member of UCLA and the first permanent director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1972-1987).  Professor Cheng was a pioneering scholar who brought an early and enduring transnational focus to the study of Asian Americans and issues such as labor and immigration.

Submission: Nominations must be submitted via email by the graduate advisor by October 1, 2016, with notification to the winner by the end of the calendar year.

Nominations are to include:

1. Graduate Advisor Name, Title, Institution, and Contact Information

2. Graduate Advisor Recommendation (500-word limit)

3. Graduate Student Brief CV (2 pages)

4. Essay (5000-7000 words) in a MS-Word file, formatted according to the Amerasia Journal Style Sheet; for journal style guidelines, see:

Submit materials and queries to and

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Join AASC Press at AAAS in Miami!

We will be at the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Conference this week! Come by our table and check out some of our latest publications.

Please also join us at our Amerasia Journal Roundtable on Saturday! You can also find many of our faculty and students on various panels throughout AAAS. See our flyer for more information.

Saturday, April 30 – 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
S12.  Arrivals and Further Departures: Amerasia Journal at 45

VENUE: Symphony Ballroom II

Keith Camacho
, University of California, Los Angeles
Russell Leong
, University of California, Los Angeles
Arnold Pan
, University of California, Los Angeles
David K. Yoo
, University of California, Los Angeles
Franklin Ng
, California State University, Fresno

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New Amerasia focuses on linkages between Asian and Indigenous experiences of “Carceral States”

The latest issue of Amerasia Journal, guest edited by Karen Leong and Myla Vicenti Carpio, examines the convergence of Asian and Indigenous communities as subjects of the carceral state in the United States and Canada. It explores the intersections between Asian American Studies and Indigenous Studies through the framework of settler colonialism.  As Leong and Carpio assert, “We believe exploring the ways that settler colonialism supports racialized state violence must be an ongoing project for Asian American Studies not only in relation to American Indian or First Nations, but also Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Asian communities.”

42.1.cover.jpgMany of the contributions in the “Carceral States” (42:1) issue focus on the connection between the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II and the dispossession of Native American lands.  Cynthia Wu offers a comparative analysis of Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony and Hisaye Yamamoto’s short story “The Eskimo Connection” as a case of alternative critique.  Examining War Relocation Authority-produced photographs of American Indians at reservations hosting the concentration camps during the war, Thy Phu considers the “possibilities for empathy and affinities between Japanese Americans and Native Americans.”  Quynh Nhu Le provides a Canadian context for Asian-Indigenous encounters, explaining how creative texts complicate official government apologies for Japanese Canadian concentration camps and First Nations residential schools.

Other essays take stock of this relationship by delving into government archives and oral histories, be it Lynne Horiuchi’s spatial study of the Leupp Isolation Center as a site to send so-called Japanese American “trouble-makers” or the guest editors’ account of the competing agendas of the federal agencies managing the internment camps and reservations.  Wendi Yamashita’s first-person perspective on the coalition built by Japanese Americans and Owens Valley tribes to fight the construction of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power solar ranch near the Manzanar site brings the relationships between the groups into a contemporary context.

The issue also presents the original poetry from Minneapolis-St. Paul spoken word artists R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., an enrolled citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, and Tou SaiKo Lee, a Hmong American.  When their poetry is read together, Juliana Hu Pegues suggests that Moniz, Jr. and Lee provide anti-colonial “aural histories” of displacement and confinement, but also spaces for community building and connections.

“Carceral States” offers an in memoriam for the influential scholar of settler colonialism Patrick Wolfe, who passed away in February 2016.  Our community spotlight features the work of Morning Star Leaders, Inc., an Arizona-based organization promoting cultural identity for Native American youth.  Books reviewed include Jennifer Ho’s Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture and Miriam Ching Yoon Louie’s Not Contagious—Only Cancer.

Lastly, Amerasia Journal offers a brief tribute to our founding Publisher and longtime UCLA Asian American Studies Center Director, Don T. Nakanishi, who passed away on March 21, 2016.


Amerasia Journal Issue 42:1
Carceral States (Spring 2016)
ISSN 0044-7471, 156 pages
Editor: Keith L. Camacho (UCLA)
Guest Editors: Karen J. Leong and Myla Vicenti Carpio
Contributors: Myla Vicenti Carpio, Mishuana Goeman, Lynee Horiuchi, Quynh Nhu Le, Tou SaiKo Lee, Karen J. Leong, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Juliana Hu Pegues, Thy Phu, Cynthia Wu, Wendi Yamashita

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Amerasia Journal is published three times a year:  Spring, Summer/Fall, and Winter.  Annual subscriptions for Amerasia Journal are $99.00 for individuals and $445.00 for libraries and other institutions.  The annual subscription price includes access to the Amerasia Journal online database, with full-text versions of published issues dating back to 1971.

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Call for Papers: Pacific Languages in Diaspora


Guest Editors:

Professor Serge Tcherkezoff (Anthropology, French Institute of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences)

Professor Luafata Simanu-Klutz (Samoan Language and Literature, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa)

Dr. Akiemi Glenn (Te Taki Tokelau Community Training and Development)

Publication Date:  Issue planned for Spring 2017 publication.

Due Date:  Paper submissions (up to 5,000 words) due June 1, 2016

Change is native to the world of Epeli Hau‘ofa’s “sea of islands,” where the ocean has historically connected people and served as a thoroughfare for the flow of resources, culture, and ideas.  The Pacific is home to the richest linguistic diversity on our planet and yet many of the native languages of the region are under threat and many more have been lost.  As the currents of colonization, globalization, and climate change carry Pacific people far beyond their homelands, their languages travel with them into new physical and cultural spaces.  In a region steeped in cultural histories of voyaging, exploration, adaptation, and population movement, how do Pacific Island languages and their speakers respond to present transformations of their social and physical environments?  For diasporic communities, what is the value of holding on to ancestral languages in new lands?  In the midst of change, is language a beacon that draws communities together to conserve their heritage or is it a malleable tool for way finding and creating new identities?


This special issue of Amerasia Journal invites papers that investigate the contemporary diasporas of the Pacific Islands through the lens of language.  We welcome work that delves into the relationships between language and geography; language and identity; language change and history; cultural particularity and culture sharing; language, communication, and media technology; language in education; the influence of cultural institutions such as language revitalization programs and churches; language in the family; language and climate change; and the transmission of traditional knowledge.  We seek scholarship that highlights the diversity of Pacific Islander diasporic communities, the heterogeneous experiences of the children of migrants and their elders, contact between Pacific languages, the negotiations of hybrid identities, innovations in art, social networking, and politics.  We encourage the submission of interdisciplinary and accessible writings that may be adopted for courses in Asian American Studies, American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Pacific Islands Studies.


Submission Guidelines and Review Process

The guest editors, in consultation with Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make decisions on the final essays:

 • Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff

• Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review

• Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission

This special issue seeks papers of approximately 5,000 words in length. All correspondence should refer to “Amerasia Journal Pacific Languages Issue” in the subject line.  Please send correspondence and papers to Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor:

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The Passing of Professor Emeritus Don T. Nakanishi (1949-2016)

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Don T. Nakanishi (1949-2016)

Don T. Nakanishi (1949-2016)

It is with a truly heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our Center’s former director Professor Don T. Nakanishi’s on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Los Angeles. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Marsha, and son, Thomas, and to his family members and friends during this difficult time. We will provide an update with more information as it becomes available, including a Center-hosted celebration of Don’s life in Los Angeles.

As many of you know, Don was on the faculty at UCLA for 35 years and served the Asian American Studies Center with distinction as its director from 1990-2010. Don’s contributions to Asian American Studies and ethnic studies were pioneering, and those of us at UCLA were the prime beneficiaries of Don’s leadership and scholarship. Of course, his visionary influence extended much further, literally to other continents reflected in his many travels to places like Australia and Japan to help establish and support ethnic studies.

Don co-founded Amerasia Journal in 1971, played an indispensable role in establishing Asian American Studies as a viable and relevant field of scholarship, teaching, community service, and public discourse. His fight for tenure has widely been regarded as a watershed moment in higher education and has been taught as a significant case study for multi-racial student-community mobilization. For a fuller biography, see:

Despite his remarkable career, Don, in his characteristic humility, always focused on his students and colleagues, as he was often the first to advocate for and to celebrate their accomplishments. As I know is the case for hundreds if not thousands of others, I will be forever grateful to Don for his care and mentorship, extended to me since we first met when I was in graduate school and that has spanned decades.

Don will be deeply missed, but his legacy lives on through all of us who had the privilege of benefitting from his support, encouragement, and friendship.

Rest in peace, Don.


David K. Yoo
Director & Professor



The funeral ceremony for Professor Emeritus Don Nakanishi is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016, 3 pm, at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. It is located at 815 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The Nakanishi Family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made to:

Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship in Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies, UCLA
mail: Nakanishi Award
c/o UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Box 951546; 3230 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546


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For Don

Don was a native son of East LA–a scholar and activist, colleague and friend. Always, a curious & passionate explorer.

He crossed the LA River to seek out other communities, other nations, other worlds.

He talked as he walked through the brave new world – post WW2 Internment, post-Orwellian 1984, post 9/11.

He saw how minorities were crucial to international politics–as they often were the intrepid counterpoint, the dissenting voice, the No-No Boy.

As he once told me, Why is it that we (Asian Americans) are often like the nail that juts out, thereby taking the heat?

His life and accomplishments were the answer to his own wry observation.

Salute, Don. Guess I’ll need to take a raincheck on our usual meatless lunch in Thai town.

–  Russell Leong

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2015-2016 Lucie Cheng Prize awarded to Cathleen Kozen of the University of California, San Diego

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Amerasia Journal are pleased to announce that Ms. Cathleen Kozen, Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Amerasia Journal Lucie Cheng Prize for her essay, “U.S. Empire and Japanese Latin American Critique: A Critical Re-Reading of ‘Japanese American Internment’ and Its Redress. Ms. Kozen was nominated by her advisor, Professor Yến Lê Espiritu.

Cathleen KozenMs. Kozen is currently a Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation research examines attempts at governmental redress for Japanese Latin Americans forcibly brought to U.S. concentration camps during World War II. Her winning essay explores how the politics of history, memory, and redress concerning the Japanese Latin American case demands a rethinking of Japanese American internment as primarily a constitutional and civil rights violation.

The Lucie Cheng Prize recognizes exceptional graduate student essays in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies. The winning article is published in Amerasia Journal, with $1,500 awarded to the recipient.

The Lucie Cheng Prize honors the late Professor Lucie Cheng (1939-2010), a longtime faculty member of UCLA and the first permanent director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.  Professor Cheng was a pioneering scholar who brought an early and enduring transnational focus to the study of Asian Americans and issues such as gender, labor, and immigration.

For more information about the Lucie Cheng prize, see:

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Latest Amerasia Journal Marks 45-Year Legacy

AMERASIA 41:3For 45 years, Amerasia Journal has published on a wide range of topics – from Asian American history and activism to forums responding to current issues. The latest open-topic issue celebrates this long legacy of centering the Asian American voice and experience. Issue 41:3 (2015) commemorates the journal’s 45th anniversary, with a graphic history of the journal’s covers and Amerasia’s founding publisher and long-time UCLA Asian American Studies Center Director Don T. Nakanishi offering his reflections on how far the journal has come over the past 45 years.  We include a reprint of an essay detailing Amerasia’s origins, written by Nakanishi for our 25th anniversary.  As Nakanishi recounted then, “I am hopeful that we will continue the legacy of pursuing research that speaks for us, as well as encouraging the creation, sharing, and teaching of works that speak to a new generation of students in our schools and colleges, as well as new audiences in our communities.”

In the tradition of the journal, this issue highlights the history of Asian American activism.  Former Associate Editor Glenn K. Omatsu pays tribute to Grace Lee Boggs, who recently passed away at the age of 100.  In Omatsu’s words, Boggs “developed a distinct worldview and challenged others to rethink strategies for social change.”  Cindy Domingo, the current Chair of the Board of Directors of LELO (Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing), offers a history of the organization and the relationship between labor, prejudice, and rights in the Philippines and the United States.  For our community spotlight, we highlight the work of API Equality—Northern California, a group devoted to increasing the public presence and power of LGBTQ Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

As it has for over four decades, Amerasia Journal offers relevant perspectives on current cultural conversations as they impact Asian America.  Here, we convene a roundtable discussing the scandal over poet Michael Derrick Hudson’s use of the Chinese penname Yi-Fen Chou, providing a forum to leading artists and scholars such as Neelanjana Banerjee (Kaya Press), Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis (Asian American Literary Review), Garrett Hongo, Craig Santos Perez, and Margaret Rhee to express their unique points-of-view on the matter.  As the renowned poet Hongo notes, “The ‘literary freedom’ upheld by so many that allows a Caucasian poet to adopt a Chinese pseudonym is here a manifestation of cultural dominance—white empowerment feeling free to colonize everything. . .”  The issue also presents a catalog of artworks from the recent PIKO: Pacific Islander Contemporary Art Exhibition held at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (Long Beach, CA), written by curator Dan Taulapapa McMullin, scholar Michelle Erai, and artist Moana Nepia.

As always, Amerasia Journal features innovative research on politics and culture across the Asia Pacific.  Yu-Fang Cho examines what she calls “nuclearism” in Taiwan and the Pacific Islands, analyzing how rhetoric promoting nuclear power is inextricable from American nuclear weaponry.  Todd Honma explores Filipino American tattooing practices, and how they raise questions of cultural authenticity.  Elaine Elinson reviews Patty Enrado’s A Village in the Fields, a historical novel about Filipino farm workers involved in the Delano grape strike.

Published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center since 1971, Amerasia Journal is regarded as the core journal in the field of Asian American Studies.

Amerasia 41:3 Press Release (PDF Version)


Copies of the issue can be ordered via phone, email, or mail.  Each issue of Amerasia Journal costs $15.00 plus shipping/handling and applicable sales tax.  Please contact the Center Press for detailed ordering information.

UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press
3230 Campbell Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
Phone: 310-825-2968 | Email:

Amerasia Journal is published three times a year:  Spring, Summer/Fall, and Winter.  Annual subscriptions for Amerasia Journal are $99.00 for individuals and $445.00 for libraries and other institutions.  The annual subscription price includes access to the Amerasia Journal online database, with full-text versions of published issues dating back to 1971.  Instructors interested in this issue for classroom use should contact the above email address to request a review copy.

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Amerasia Celebrates 45 Years


Don Nakanishi (left) and Lowell Chun-Hoon (right) celebrating 45 years of Amerasia Journal.

This year marked the 45th Anniversary of the founding of Amerasia Journal. On September 22nd, a dinner was held in Honolulu to celebrate the occasion. Lowell Chun-Hoon, co-founder and first editor of the journal, and Don Nakanishi, the other co-founder and publisher, attended the dinner and were joined by a small group of family and friends, including Center Director David Yoo, and former AASC staff and students like UH Manoa Professor Karen Umemoto, Brian Niiya and UH Manoa Professor Susan Nakaoka.

To commemorate this occasion, Don Nakanishi, Professor Emeritus and former Center Director, shared some of his thoughts on reaching this milestone. Amerasia Journal staff is also pleased to be able to provide access to Nakanishi’s article “Linkages and Boundaries: Twenty-Five Years of Asian American Studies” (Issue 21:3), that chronicles the founding of the journal.

Amerasia Journal is planning to have a larger 45th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in 2016.

Every time Amerasia Journal reaches a milestone – and the 45th anniversary is a major one – I search for my copy of the first issue and re-read the “Message to our readers” to see how far the journal and the field of Asian American Studies have come. The wonderful admixture of uncertainty, inclusiveness, search for relevancy, as well as innocence that is reflected in the last paragraph of this statement serves as a timeless frame of reference.

Amerasia Journal 1:1“In the end, though, the AMERASIA JOURNAL is not our journal. It belongs to our readers. We exist as a journal to collect and publish the best and most provocative material we can find on Asians in America. If our judgment or our goals are inadequate, we hope they get corrected. If there are others who would like to work with us, they are welcome to join us.  Also, if there are people who can do what we’re trying to do better than we can by themselves, they have our sincerest best wishes. For in the end, it will be our readership that sustains or deserts us. Unless we or our goals are relevant to their needs, concerns, and aspirations, we’re simply shouting loud and listening to the echoes of our own voices in a closed room. We’d like AMERASIA JOURNAL to be more than a soliloquy, and we need your assistance. Please let us know what you think.” (Vol. 1, no. 1)

Amerasia Journal has survived and thrived for 45 years, and has been a significant contributor to and a beneficiary of the development of Asian American Studies and its related fields of scholarship, teaching, and public service and discourse. It owes its longevity and impact to thousands of people, who have supported, learned from, and used the journal over the years, be they subscribers, students, teachers, scholars, community organizers, journalists or elected officials. I am glad the journal was “relevant to their needs, concerns, and aspirations” and that it became more than “shouting loud and listening to the echoes of our own voices in a closed room”. Thank you very much for your commitment to Amerasia Journal.

Amerasia Journal’s sustained impact and innovation is also due to the hundreds of remarkable researchers, creative writers, critics, community workers, students, photographers and policy analysts, who believed in the mission of the journal and contributed to the over 30,000 pages that it has published since its first issue in 1971. We also owe them our deepest gratitude in developing this indispensable foundational treasure chest of scholarship, community knowledge, creative insights, and critical perspectives on the Asian American and Pacific Islands experience.

I also would like to thank and congratulate the many people, who literally worked on the journal, be they the legions of referees from across the country and globally who evaluated new submissions or the many exemplary staff members of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center who produced and distributed Amerasia Journal, for their extraordinary commitment and professionalism. They played a singularly significant role in the success and reputation of the journal.

Very special thanks also to the Yale Asian American Students Association (AASA), which was founded in 1969 and still remains as a vibrant and progressive campus-wide group, for being the first sponsor for Amerasia Journal, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC), which has supported and housed the journal since 1971. The journal could not have survived too much longer than its first few issues without the unflinching commitment of Yale AASA and the UCLA AASC.

And finally, I would like to recognize and applaud the six individuals, who have served as editors of Amerasia Journal during its 45-year run: Lowell Chun-Hoon, the co-founder and first editor; the late Megumi Dick Osumi; the late Carolyn Yee; Russell Leong, who served as editor for the longest stretch of thirty years; Professor David Yoo, the current director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and Professor Keith Camacho, the current editor. They each lent their special talents, insights, expertise, experiences, and relationships in providing leadership and vision to Amerasia Journal. They, along with the special issue editors that they worked with, insured that the journal would always “collect and publish the best and most provocative material we can find on Asians in America.”


In sincere gratitude,


Don T. Nakanishi

Co-founder and publisher, Amerasia Journal

Professor and Director Emeritus, UCLA Asian American Studies Center




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