Critical Refugee Studies and the Wars in Southeast Asia


The current Syrian crisis has alerted us once again to the plight of the tens of millions of displaced people who in recent times have been forced to seek refuge from political per­secution, wars, and violence. Yet too often mainstream representations of generic “ref­ugees” have figured them as merely objects of pity and benevolence, or in the worst cases into populations whose diasporic condition is in part a result of their own inability to survive in the modern and contemporary world. This symposium takes last year’s fortieth anniver­sary of the official end of the Vietnam War as an occasion to question mainstream memories and representations of the wars in Southeast Asia, while also calling attention to the resil­ience, alternative memories, and self­making of those who have relocated to the United States and Canada.

Location: The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Registration and Event Information:

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Dr. David Chu
Distinguished Visitor Lecture
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion

  • Vinh Nguyen, Assistant Professor, English and East Asian Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo
  • Ma Vang, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced
  • Bee Vang, Actor (including lead opposite Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino), activist, writer
  • Thy Phu, Associate Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University
  • Takashi Fujitani, Professor & Director of the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM