YCAR Asia Lecture: Vietnam, the Philippines, Guam and California: Connecting the Dots of US Military Empire

October 8, 2015 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower
Lorna R. Marsden Honour Court and Welcome Centre
4700 Keele St, North York, ON M3J 1P3

Please note that this lecture can count towards fulfilling the seminar attendance requirements for CRS Certificate and Diploma students.

2015 Asia Lecture, presented by the York Centre for Asian Research

Yen Le Espiritu, University of California, San Diego

In this presentation Yen Le Espiritu will interrogate the United States’ self-appointed role as rescuer and caretaker of Vietnamese people by exposing the militarized nature of US refugee resettlement efforts.  She views the 1975 refugee flight—from Vietnam to the Philippines to Guam and then to California, all through US military bases—as a critical lens through which to map the legacy of US military expansion into the Asia Pacific region and the military’s heavy hand in the purportedly benevolent resettlement process. Espiritu makes two related arguments: the first about military colonialism, which contends that it was (neo)colonial dependence on the United States that turned the Philippines and Guam into the receiving centers of the US rescue project; the second about militarized refuge, which emphasizes the mutually constitutive nature of the concepts “refugees” and “refuge” and shows how both emerge out of, and in turn bolster, US militarism.

Yen Le Espiritu is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  An award winning author, she has published widely on Asian American panethnicity, gender and migration, and US colonialism and wars in Asia.  Her books include Home Bound: Filipino Lives Across Countries, Communities and Cultures (UC Press, 2003) and Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws and Love (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). Her most recent book is Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es) (University of California Press, 2014).

All are welcome!

The annual Asia Lecture is the York Centre for Asian Research’s (YCAR) keynote public event celebrating critical scholarship on Asia and Asian Diasporas.

For more information: ycar@yorku.ca or www.yorku.ca/ycar