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July 9, 2021

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The Library’s Biblio Lotus, opens a new window team is delighted to present this interview series, hoping to elevate AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) communities’ voices and celebrate their culture. The interviewees are in different fields and from various backgrounds, but their dedication to AAPI histories and cultures helps form our diverse and dynamic community in Pima County.

The University of Arizona recently announced, opens a new window the creation of the Asian Pacific American Studies minor. The new minor is under the Department of East Asian Studies, opens a new window in the College of Humanities, opens a new window. The Biblio Lotus Team interviewed several faculty members teaching courses for the new minor: Jonathan Jae-an Crisman, Dian Li, and Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan. The creation of the Asian Pacific American Studies Program is the successful result of a decades-long process championed by University of Arizona faculty and students. All three professors expressed admiration for Dr. Brett Esaki, opens a new window, who played an integral role in helping form the program.

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Professor Jonathan Jae-an Crisman , opens a new windowis an artist and urban scholar. His current research focuses on how art and culture act as forms of political engagement in the gentrification of cities and culture, and the politics surrounding the deaths of migrants in the borderlands. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California, Master of Architecture and Master in City Planning degrees from MIT, and a BA in Architectural Studies, Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.

Professor Dian Li , opens a new windowreceived his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is the author of two books and many essays and articles on modern Chinese poetry, fiction, and films. Profession Li’s research interests include classical and modern Chinese critical theories, diaspora and translational studies, translation theory and practice, contemporary Chinese poetry and film.

Professor Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan , opens a new windowis Assistant Professor of English and Vice Chair of the graduate interdisciplinary program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory at the University of Arizona. She is Co-Chair of the Academic Council of the South Asian American Digital Archive, and is an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor with bylines in over three dozen scholarly and public venues. Dr. Srinivasan taught at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a PhD in 2016.

Dr. Crisman

Dr. Li

Dr. Srinivasan

Dr. Li

Dr. Crisman

Dr. Srinivasan

Dr. Crisman

Dr. Li

Dr. Crisman

Dr. Crisman

The Ministry for the Future

Dr. Li

How to Avoid A Climate Disaster

Dr. Srinivasan

No-no Boy

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Severance

-Post by Debbie Q., Joyner-Green Valley Library

Read the entire interview transcript here.


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