The Minor Transpacific: A Roundtable Discussion

  • Phanuel Antwi University of British Columbia
  • Nadine Attewell McMaster University.
  • Beng Huat Chua National University of Singapore
  • John Nguyet Erni Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Christine Kim Simon Fraser University
  • Joanne Leow
  • Helen Hok-Sze Leung Simon Fraser University
  • Jia Tan The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Chih-ming Wang Academia Sinica
  • Audrey Yue National University of Singapore
Keywords: transpacific research, minor empires, minor transnationalism

Abstract

Initiated by Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research (ITCR), this roundtable discussion amongst cultural studies researchers from parts of Asia, Australia, and Canada reflects on the “minor transpacific” as an alternative regional imaginary that provides new reference points and collaborative opportunities for research. The roundtable participants discuss “transpacific” as an analytic and how the notion is inflected by  their experiences of living and working from “minor” locations. They also reflect on their experiences visiting, working, or living in Vancouver, B.C.,  and how their conversations with scholars based in the B.C region, their exposure to regional histories and debates, and their participation in local activities connect to their own transpacific trajectories, both personally and intellectually. 

Author Biographies

Phanuel Antwi, University of British Columbia
Phanuel Antwi is an Assitant Professor in the Department of English at the Unviersity of British Columbia
Nadine Attewell, McMaster University.
Nadine Attewell is an Associate Professor in the Program of English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University.
Beng Huat Chua, National University of Singapore
Beng Huat Chua is a Provost Chair Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.
John Nguyet Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University
John Nguyut Erni is the Fong Hon Chu Endowed Chair od Humanics and Chair Professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University
Christine Kim, Simon Fraser University
Christine Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. She also co-directs the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research.
Joanne Leow
Joanne Leow is an Assitant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewa.
Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Simon Fraser University
Helen Hok-Sze Leung is a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. She also co-directs the Institute for Transpacific Cultural Research.
Jia Tan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jia Tan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Chih-ming Wang, Academia Sinica
Chih-ming Wang is an Associate Research Fellow in the Insitute of Europena and American Studies at Acadmia Sinica.
Audrey Yue, National University of Singapore
Audrey Yue is a Professor in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National Unversity of Singapore. She also directs the Cultural Research Centre (CRC) at NUS and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne.
Published
2018-07-31
Section
Research Note