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CFP: "Folkloric Identity of Asian Americans"
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3/8/2016 at 5:17:08 PM GMT
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CFP: "Folkloric Identity of Asian Americans"

The Fall 2015 volume of the Journal of American Folklore grapples with the definition of Asian American folklore through "folkloric identity,” as defined by Juwen Zhang.  This innovative method analyzes folklore-in-practice occurring in diasporic, transnational contexts---wherever Asian Americans may live. The term provides a mode of analysis that moves away from racial/ethnic based studies of lore to focusing on the shared folklore practice occurring in a locale. Folkloric identity enables the study of Asian American cultural expressions focusing on the expressive practice itself, and not on ethnicity, race, religion or gender.   It is an approach that embraces the vitality and dynamism inherent in living folklore practices while it recognizes the fluidity of movement and technology’s impact on our lives in the 21st century.

Because Asian American folklore has become a crucial aspect to the dynamic making/remaking of the Asian American identity as well as the identities of all Americans, the organizers of this panel seek papers that engage with the term "folkloric identity” of Asian Americans.  If you are interested in presenting a paper and joining an organized panel at AFS related to this theme, please submit your abstracts to Fariha Khan at by March 20, 2016.  Papers may address, but are not limited to, definitions of Asian American folklore and shared practices in Asian American communities in the U.S. and beyond.  Such topics could include practices of migration, food, rituals, gender, and civic engagement.  Submissions will be considered for inclusion in a future edited volume on Asian American Folklore.

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