The Center for Asian Studies has developed this forum for recognizing and learning from the ways peoples in different parts of Asia have responded to traumatic events and crises. We are thinking, in particular, of events relating to racial and ethnic violence, discrimination, and prejudice within Asian societies. We are especially interested in learning more about how Asian societies heal, reconcile, and cultivate resilience as they move beyond such events. How are events remembered or memorialized in public? In private? In literature, poetry, music, song, and other cultural expressions? How are victims celebrated and mourned?
We are primarily interested in sharing examples of translations, images, recordings, or narrative accounts, rather than scholarly analyses of these things. We will continue to update this ongoing blog featuring these submissions as they come in and will eventually feature them in an upcoming e-newsletter. We are also interested in the possibility of holding an event that features readings, viewings, and/or reflections by faculty on these materials.
We view these posts as our particular contribution – as Asianists – to recognizing the trauma that our community has suffered and providing what we hope might be helpful perspectives from Asia.