- Introduction to the Forums
Contributors to these forums come from a wide range of positions and concerns, but all attempt to engage and reorient American studies through the intertwined vectors of the Chinese factor and the transpacific. Though the first forum is oriented toward the question of transpacific methodology and the second forum focuses more on the historical and contemporary US–China dynamics, they do intersect and complement each other to consider how to reframe the global in American studies: by linking sites seemingly detached and far away from each other, undoing the diplomatic discourses of friendship and partnership, deconstructing our ways of knowing and desiring, and building a transpacific perspective into the remaking of America and the world. As a whole, they articulate American studies into transpacific alliances of knowledge and politics, and urge us to carry on antiimperialist and anticapitalist work from spaces of solidarity. [End Page 469]
Chih-ming Wang Chihming Wang is visiting research fellow at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, and associate research fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He is the author of Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America (University of Hawai’i Press, 2013); coeditor of Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017); and guest editor of the “Asian American Studies in Asia” special issue for InterAsia Cultural Studies (June 2012). His research focuses on Asian American literature and cultural studies in transpacific and inter-Asian contexts. His articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Cultural Studies, positions, and Chinese America: History and Perspectives.
Yu-Fang Cho Yu-Fang Cho is associate professor of English and a core faculty member of the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University. She is the author of Uncoupling American Empire: Cultural Politics of Deviance and Unequal Difference, 1890–1910 (State University of New York Press, 2013) and articles in American Quarterly, Transnational American Studies, Amerasia Journal, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, among others. She has received fellowships from the Bancroft Library, the Huntington Library, the Pacific Rim Research Program at the University of California, the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California, and the National Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Taiwan. Her current book project investigates the relationship between race, reproductive justice, and nuclearism in America’s Asia Pacific.