>This November brings with it the largest concentration of Asian Australian events ever. I’m serious. I don’t think such a layering of events has ever happened in the (admittedly rather short) history of Asian Australian consciousness. The closest was that watershed year of 1999, when the “Alter/Asians” and original AAI conferences took place (in Sydney and Canberra, respectively).
What does November 2011 bring? Well, walk this way, my fine friends, and taste the Kool Aid…
1. AAI 4: The 4th AASRN Conference, titled “New Communities, New Racisms” – 10-11 November.This conference, to be held at MiFA Gallery in Collins Street, Melbourne, is convened by Dr Audrey Yue (U of Melbourne). I’m on the conference committee with Jacqueline Lo and Dean Chan. One of the panels focused on Asian Australian community/politics will be organised by Jen Tsen Kwok.
Apart from the extreme buzz that comes from every AAI I’ve attended, this one is also special because it’ll be single-stream. Yessss! I love single-stream events where you attend the whole thing and the cohort of delegates can have extended, meandering discussions over a couple of days about everything they’ve heard (because you all know what the others are talking about).
Confirmed speakers so far: Ghassan Hage, Meaghan Morris, Poh Ying Leow, and Benjamin Law.
Call for papers just announced (Deadline for abstracts: Friday 13 May)!
Here’s the PDF of the flyer for your delectation: AAI 4 flyer
2. AAFF: Asian Australian Film Forum – 12-13 November.
Convened by Indigo Willing and Amadeo Marquez-Perez, this event builds on the momentum in Asian Australian film first established by Indi’s “An Asian Australian Occasion” (UQ, 2007).
3. AAI 4 Postgraduate Workshop precedes the AAI 4 conference – 9 November.
This one-day workshop will be convened by Jacqueline Lo, and feature special guests and facilitators.
For information on AAI 4, the postgrad workshop and the AAFF, visit the AASRN website and check out our “Events“.
4. Dragon Tails 2: The 2nd Australasian conference on overseas Chinese history & heritage – 11-13 November.
To be held at the Museum of Chinese Australian History here in Melbourne, this conference (convened by Kate Bagnall & Sophie Couchman) continues the momentum established by the inaugural Dragon Tails conference in Ballarat, 2009 (convened by a committee that included Keir Reeves, me, and Anna Kyi).
CFP OPEN! Deadline: Friday 13 May 2011.