Asian American Reckonings

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 

APR 12
Friday, April 12, 2024

Ocean Vuong

Time: 7:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Ocean Vuong


APR 18
Thursday, April 18, 2024

Vo headshot

4:30 p.m. 
Mass Hall Faculty Room

Lecture: Nghi Vo

APR 24
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

38 at the Garden film poster

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

An Evening with Frank Chi '07, with a film screening of 38 at the Garden


APR 25
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Chee headshot

4:30 p.m. 
Mass Hall Faculty Room

Lecture: Alexander Chee

Past Lectures and Workshops


March 26: Asian Americans and Affirmative Action: a panel discussion moderated by Nancy Riley
February 29: Lecture: Stephanie H. Shih


November 14: Lecture - Michelle Zauner
November 3: Lecture - Peter Feng 
October 18: Oral Workshop - Samip Mallick
October 11: Lecture - Renee Tajima-Peña 

Arts and Literature

December 14, 2023 – June 2, 2024
Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Exhibition: Without Apology: Asian American Selves, Memories, Futures

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.

Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

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

Promo for Past Lives

Past Lives (at Eveningstar Cinema)

Promo for who killed vincent chin
Who Killed Vincent Chin
Promo for film Crazy, Rich, Asians
Crazy Rich Asians
Promo for the film Always Be My Maybe
Always Be My Maybe
Promo for film And Then They Came for Us
And Then They Came For Us 
Promo for short film Family Gathering
Family Gathering 
Promo for Everything Everywhere All at Once
Everything Everywhere All At Once (at Eveningstar Cinema)


Fall 2023: 

  • 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)

Spring 2024:

  • 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)