2008 National Conference » Speakers

Karen Leong

Director, Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University

Dr. Karen J. Leong’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and nation, particularly in relation to Asian American history. The University of California published her book, The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism in 2005. She has been part of a team that has studied the resiliency of the Versailles Vietnamese and African American community in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is co-coordinator of the Japanese Americans in Arizona Oral History Project, a collaboration with the JACL Arizona chapter, and is co-editing a book based on the collected oral histories about the experiences of Japanese Americans in Arizona from settlement to World War II. Her current book project will explore the intersections of maternalist ideology and ethnic nationalist social movements. She is the former director of the Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University.

“Japanese Americans in Arizona: An Overview," an article co-written by this presenter, is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Enduring Communities: An Overview of Japanese Americans in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah
Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Karen Leong, Director, Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University
Daryl Maeda, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Andy Russell, History Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College
Nancy Taniguchi, Professor of History, California State University, Stanislaus
Thomas Walls, Chief of Staff, Oklahoma State Senate
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 2 & 3, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction