Routed through Canada: a roundtable discussion on Inter-Asia and transnational research
Helen Hok-Sze LEUNG, Y-Dang TROEUNG, Robert DIAZ, and Lara CAMPBELL
ABSTRACT The series of reflections are based on a roundtable discussion amongst Canada-based scholars with research interest in transnational, postcolonial, migration and diaspora studies. Their reflections engage with key ideas from Inter-Asia Cultural Studies through the lens of their research practices and personal histories.
KEYWORDS: Inter-Asia; Canada; transnational routes; colonial histories
Notes on panelists
Helen Hok-Sze Leung is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the co-director of the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research at Simon Fraser University. She has published widely on Asian cinema and queer cultural productions and is the author of Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong and Farewell My Concubine: A Queer Film Classic. She co-edits the Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong University Press) and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Chinese Cinemas, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and the Asian Visual Cultures series (Amsterdam University Press). Her current research projects include a SSHRC-funded project on Transpacific Film Cities; a study of film sound and queer/trans cinema; and a co-authored project on queer Asian knowledge production.
Y-Dang Troeung is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of British Columbia. Her areas of teaching and research interests include transnational Asian literatures, critical refugee studies, human rights, and global south studies. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia. Her other ongoing research projects include a study of the global politics of refugee sponsorship and a collaborative project on Afro-Asian circulations in the Global South. Her publications can be found in the journals Modern Fiction Studies, Canadian Literature, Interventions, University of Toronto Quarterly, Rethinking History, MELUS, ARIEL, Concentric, and Topia.
Robert Diaz is Assistant Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at University of Toronto. His research, teaching, and community work focus on the rich intersections between transpacific, diasporic, and migratory forms of cultural expression. His writing has appeared in Signs, TSQ, Journal of Asian American Studies, Asian Diasporic Visual Culture in the Americas, Topia, GLQ and Criticism. He has also contributed to numerous collections in the fields of Asian American and Filipino diaspora studies. He is the co-editor of Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries (Northwestern University Press, 2017).
Lara Campbell is Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her teaching and research interests include North American gender and women’s history, social movement history, and the history of the welfare state. She has published widely on the anti-Vietnam war movement in Canada, the history of the 1960s, and the history of the Great Depression. She is currently completing a book project on the women’s suffrage movement in British Columbia.