Body Counts: The Vietnam War, the Refugees, and the Writing of Ghost Stories

Body Counts: The Vietnam War, the Refugees, and the Writing of Ghost Stories

On Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 12-1 pm Yen Le Espiritu will speak about “Body Counts:  The Vietnam War, the Refugees, and the Writing of Ghost Stories” in the Seuss Room in the Geisel Library building.

lê thi diem thúy, the author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For, describes Vietnamese refugees as a “people larger than their life situation.”  Drawing on lê’s novel, Yen Le Espiritu explores how the oft-strained family relations among Vietnamese refugees are not simply a private family matter, but a social, historical, and transnational affair. In telling their own stories, Vietnamese in the United States have created alternative memories and epistemologies that unsettle and challenge the established public narratives of the Vietnam War and Vietnamese people.

lê thi diem thúy’s novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, was the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection.

Yen Le Espiritu received her Ph.D. from UC Los Angeles in 1990. She is a professor and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UCSD. Focusing on Asian America, her research has sought to challenge the homogeneous descriptions of communities of color and the narrowness of mutually exclusive binaries by attending to generational, ethnic, class, and gender variations within constructed racial categories. In particular, her work has called attention to the ways in which racialized ethnicity is relational rather than atomized and discrete and the ways in which group identities necessarily form through interaction with other groups “through complicated experiences of conflict and cooperation” and in structural contexts of power.

Refreshments will be served.  Open to the public.  No RSVP is necessary.

Parking: Parking officers DO CHECK weekdays until 11pm. Metered/hourly parking is available on Hopkins Lane, or in the Hopkins Parking Structure (on the corner of Hopkins & Voight Drive).  Campus  parking office: (858) 534-4223.

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