Global Southeast Asian Diasporas: Memory, Movement, and Modernities across Hemispheres
Edited by Richard T. Chu, University of Massachusetts, Augusto F. Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mariam Lam, University of California, Riverside
For some time now, studies on Southeast Asians have often situated the experiences of these peoples within the territorial boundaries of their countries and within the regional framework of Southeast Asia. Geographically fixed to the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, East Timor, and Singapore, Southeast Asia emerges, as critical area studies underscore, as a site marked by multivalent politics, histories, and cultures. The processes of globalization, neoliberalism, and war have unmoored such fixities in the Eastern as much as in the Western Hemispheres, causing tectonic shifts in the constructions of memory, massive population movements and migrations, and ever new projects and worldings responding to various regimes of the “modern.” Whereas Southeast Asian studies may remain regionally focused, Southeast Asian American studies must increase its focus on the understudied complex, transnational flows and manifold expressions of the Southeast Asian diasporic experience.
Attendant to the rise of the Southeast Asian diasporas, Global Southeast Asian Diasporas (SEAD) provides a peer-reviewed forum for studies that specifically investigate the histories and experiences of Southeast Asian diasporic subjects across hemispheres. We especially invite studies that critically focus on the Southeast Asian experience from a transnational, comparative, and international perspective. SEAD welcomes submissions from a wide array of disciplinary fields (including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, literary studies, and anthropology, among others) that innovatively interrogate themes such as refugees, political asylum, gender/sexuality, colonialism, globalization, empire, nation/nationalism, ethnicity, and transnationalism.
Manuscripts should be at least 90,000 words in length (including end notes and works cited). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, and other visual material. The editors will consider proposals for original monographs, edited collections, translations, and critical primary source editions.
Richard T. Chu, University of Massachusetts
Augusto F. Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mariam Lam, University of California, Riverside
John D. Blanco, University of California, San Diego
Chris Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yen Le Espiritu, University of California, San Diego
Tamara Ho, University of California, Riverside
Allan Punzalan Isaac, Rutgers University
Charles F. Keyes, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Jonathan H.X. Lee, San Francisco State University
Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis
Louisa Schein, Rutgers University
Cathy Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut
Nancy Smith-Hefner, Boston University
Chia Youyee Vang, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee