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Afro-Asian Lives and Cultures in Latin America (Public Virtual Workshop)

Organizer: Christina Lee, Spanish and Portuguese

September 24, 2021 · 10:00 am3:30 pm · Virtual (Zoom link to be sent to those who register)

Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Humanities Council
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Afro-Asian Lives and Cultures in Latin America challenges established notions of identity in former Spanish and Portuguese colonies. It expands on current notions of mestizaje (racial mixing) by focusing on the personal and communal bonds that were forged between subjects of African and Asian descent from the mid-sixteenth century onwards in Latin America, while not overlooking the tensions and conflicts that have also marked their histories.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Moderator: Javier Guerrero

Beyond Afro-Asian Encounters in the Americas
Debbie Lee-DiStefano (Southeast Missouri State University)
Luisa Ossa (La Salle University)

Searching for an Origin: Afro-Asian Convergences in the Early Modern Americas
Diego Luis (Davidson College)

Transpacific Relations and Chinese Labor in the Americas
Ana Paulina Lee (Columbia University)

Empowering the Chinese by denying Black accomplishments: An antecedent of the model minority myth in Latin American cultural production
Ignacio Lopez-Calvo (University of California at Merced)


1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Moderator: Rachel Price

Where There is a Will(iam) there is a Lei(Luis)
William Luis (Vanderbilt University)

Afro-Chinese Identities and Intimacies in Cuba and the Caribbean: A Study on Intersectionality
Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Brown University)

Claiming Space: Afro-Chinese in Cuban History and Collective Memory
Kathleen Lopez (Rutgers University)


Open to the public with prior registration:


Supported by the Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project

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