Middlebury College Museum of Art

Monday, October 24

“Tres veces apátrida [Thrice Nationless]”: Redefining World Literature through the Work of Contemporary Asian/Latin American Writers

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Conference Room, Robert A. Jones ’59 House (148 Hillcrest Road)

Paula C. Park, Associate Professor of Spanish, and Chair, Latin American Studies, Wesleyan University


Paula C Park

The history of migration from Asia to the Americas is long and profound. Yet the production and reception of literature by Asian migrants in Latin America is a fairly recent phenomenon. This, in part, is due to the difficulty of situating their work in neatly bound national categories. This lecture will offer an overview of twentieth- and twenty-first-century East Asian-Latin American writers, among them Siu Kam Wen, Julia Wong, Kyoung Park, and Moisés Park, who reflect on their condition as perpetual outsiders in the Americas and beyond. Engaging with the concepts of “serial migration” (Lok Siu) and “rhizomatic diaspora” (Kyeyoung Park), which refer, respectively, to the extended transnational crossings of Chinese and Korean migrants in the Americas, the work of these writers will be presented as postnational literature as well as one that invites us to rethink our approach to world literature.

Dr. Park’s research and teaching interests are Latin American literature/culture and Philippine literature in Spanish and English from the twentieth century. She focuses on exile writers, Orientalism, Asian diasporas, transpacific studies, sound studies, and diplomatic archives documenting the Pacific.

Assisted Listening Devices will be available.

This talk is co-organized by Latin American Studies and the Museum of Art with generous co-sponsorship from the Committee on the Arts, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, and Luso-Hispanic Studies. It is offered in conjunction with the exhibition No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean, 1945–Present, on view at the Middlebury College Museum of Art September 15–December 11, 2022.

Free and open to the public. Read about Middlebury College’s COVID-19 guidelines.