Steven Yao, Edmund A. LeFevre, professor of literature, has delivered a paper as an invited participant at the conference, America & Asia, Asia & # 39; s America. Yao's paper, "The Shape of Water: Rethinking Territory and Influence for Asian American Studies in a Global Age," discussed the need to reconfigure the dimensions of "Asian American" as a category beyond the borders of the nation state. .
The conference was organized by the Asian Research Institute of the National University of Singapore and co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Singapore. The conference took place from 13 – 14 August and dealt with the relationship between a changing geopolitical landscape and the dynamics of culture in a global connectedness.