Drawing on faculty expertise in history, literary studies, visual culture, media studies, and sociology, Asian American Reckonings is a year-long series of curricular, co-curricular, and community initiatives that will raise awareness of Asian American experiences and stories.
It will demonstrate that Asian Americans have long faced exclusions and stereotypes yet also striven for self-representation and self-expression. Our large goal is to show that Asian America is essential to any truly inclusive vision of social justice in the United States.
Asian American Reckonings was organized in collaboration with faculty members from across several academic fields; Professor of History and Environmental Studies Connie Chiang, Bowdoin Professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies Shu-Chin Tsui, Professor of English and Asian Studies Belinda Kong, A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences Nancy E. Riley, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Shruti Devgan.
Lectures and Workshops
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
Lecture: Stephanie H. Shih
An Evening with Frank Chi '07, with a film screening of 38 at the Garden
Mass Hall Faculty Room
Lecture: Alexander Chee
Mass Hall Faculty Room
Lecture: Nghi Vo
Past Lectures and Workshops
February 16: Lecture - Ocean Vuong
Arts and Literature
December 14, 2023 – June 2, 2024
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Curated by Reckonings organizers, this exhibition will open December 14 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Works by artists such as Tomie Arai, Mel Chin, Hung Liu, Chiura Obata, Alfonso Ossorio, Patrick Nagatani, Stephanie H. Shih, Roger Shimomura, and Shahzia Sikander.
Display: Asian America and Asian Diasporas
This display, curated by Hannah Kim '24, aims to share the vibrancy of newly released literatures by Asian American and Asian diasporic authors. This display can be found on the ground floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. You can also view the online literature collection.
Asian American Film Series
Crazy Rich Asians
The Wedding Banquet
Always Be My Maybe
And Then They Came For Us
Everything Everywhere All At Once (at Eveningstar Cinema)
- Asian American Literature (Belinda Kong)
- Asian American Cinema (Shu-chin Tsui)
- Cultural Encounters With/in Hawai’i (Nancy Riley)
- Digital Stories of South Asian Americans (Shruti Devgan)
- Asian America & Empire (Connie Chiang, Belinda Kong, Nancy Riley)
- Imagined Asias (Belinda Kong)
- Japanese American Incarceration: Removal, Redress Remembrance (Connie Chiang)
- Hollywood Imagination of Asia (Shu-chin Tsui)
Michelle Zauner, leader of the alternative pop band Japanese Breakfast and this semester’s Santagata lecturer, spoke about her sudden rise to fame after publishing her book, Crying in H Mart, and her struggles with identity in the public eye. Zauner was one of the inaugural speakers for Bowdoin’s Asian American Reckonings initiative.