Published: April 17, 2023

The Spring 2023 Global Asias Cyber Chat focuses on the role of women in social movements across Asia and Asian America. 

This event was originally set to take place on March 7, 2023, and was rescheduled for April 17, 2023. This virtual panel will feature 3 scholars in conversation, roundtable style. Please note we are not recording this webinar.

Speakers and Topics

Professor Miliann Kang, PhD, teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts. Dr. Kang will discuss the role of mothers in social movements, especially Asian American activism, from Lily Chin, mother of Vincent Chin, who galvanized nationwide organizing after her son's murder, to Patsy Mink, first woman of color elected to Congress who is known as the "mother of Title IX," to contemporary maternal activism against anti-Asian racism. Dr. Kang studies Asian American feminisms, immigrant women’s work and labor issues, race and reproductive politics, and gender, work and family issues in transnational contexts. 

People often refer to 1990s Japan as the “lost decade” because of the economic malaise that set in after the bubble burst at the end of the 80s. Dr. Petrice Flowers, Associate Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, will focus on how this decade and the following were a renaissance of activism, often led by women. Her research focuses on Japan in an international context and investigates the global-local connections between Japan and the world. 

Dr. Deepti Misri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her areas of interest span South Asian literary and cultural production, transnational feminist studies, and feminist theory and criticism. Dr. Misri will consider women-led forms of activism and art in the context of Kashmir, also examining instrumentalist state mobilizations of “women’s rights” discourses, and reflecting on avenues for transnational solidarity with Kashmiri women.

ADA Accomodation

We will work with ADA Compliance to attempt to fulfill any disability requests for ASL interpreting for this event. Requests received less than 48 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. To make a request, please email the Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) at

Event Hosts

Co-Sponsored by CU Boulder's Center for Asian Studies and the Global Asias Initiative.

Event Panelists

Miliann Kang

Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Miliann Kang is Professor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and affiliated faculty in Sociology and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work and is completing her next book, Mother Other: Race and Reproductive Politics in Asia America (under contract with the University of California Press). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar with Ewha University, and a Korea Foundation Fellow with Seoul National University, researching work and family issues for Asian and Asian American women in transnational contexts. She served for four years as Director of Diversity Advancement for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as Graduate Program Director for multiple terms and as co-organizer for an National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to support women and non-binary faculty of color. 

Petrice Flowers

Petrice Flowers, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Dr. Petrice Flowers is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses on international norms and domestic politics in Japan. She published her first book, Refugees, Women and Weapons: International Norm Adoption and Compliance in Japan in 2009. Dr. Flowers has two monographs under contract: “Expanding Protection: Human Rights Networking in Japan and Korea” and “Refugee Policies in East Asia”. She writes widely on topics that focus on global-local connections between Japan and the world, including on issues related to civil society and transnational advocacy networks. She has received funding for research from the Fulbright US Scholars Program and the Social Science Research Council, among others. 

Deepti Misri

Deepti Misri, University of Colorado Boulder

Deepti Misri is a feminist cultural studies scholar and Associate Professor of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her first book Beyond Partition: Gender, Violence and Representation in Postcolonial India scrutinized, through an archive of literary and cultural texts, the violence of the postcolonial Indian nation-state, from its inception in Partition violence to its contemporary manifestations of Hindu majoritarianism. Most recently she is the co-editor (with Mona Bhan and Haley Duschinski) of the Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies (2022). Her recent publications have appeared in a range of venues, including Public CultureFeminist Formations and Cultural Studies. She is deeply committed to collaborative forms of feminist research, activism, thought and writing.

The Center for Humanities & the Arts and Center for Asian Studies is participating in the "Global Asians Cyber Chats" series. This event series was created by the Global Asias Initiative at Penn State University. We are excited to bring this series to the University of Colorado Boulder to bring together scholars of Asia and Asian America across a variety of national and cultural contexts for productive conversations. 

From the Penn State website:

"Verge: Studies in Global Asias organizes virtual conversations or “Cyber Chats” to continue developing the conceptual horizons and institutional possibilities of Global Asias scholarship. We aim to bring scholars working with Global Asias approaches, topics, and orientations into conversation to identify some of the opportunities and challenges inherent in this emerging multidisciplinary knowledge formation.

We would love to be in conversation with you and look forward to using these Cyber Chats to create collaborative spaces for people to think through these issues together."

You can watch the Fall 2022 Global Asias Cyber Chat: Asian Pop Culture on the CHA YouTube Channel: