Anti-Racism Across Cultures Speaker Series // Chinese Spaniards: Race, Migration, and Representation in Contemporary Spain

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Anti-Racism Across Cultures Speaker Series // Chinese Spaniards: Race, Migration, and Representation in Contemporary Spain

This event occurred in the past

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    Virtual Event

    5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

    Cost

    Free

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    The Coronavirus pandemic and the media’s focus on the strain’s origin in China has fueled anti-Chinese sentiment globally, including in Spain. This discourse perpetuates the “yellow peril” of the nineteenth century, which framed the Chinese as a threat to western civilization, and highlights the need a sustained critique of how Sinophobia continues to condition representations of contemporary Chinese communities. In Spain, the Chinese were once a relatively small migrant group, but the community’s size and its economic and cultural influence has grown significantly in recent decades and can no longer be considered peripheral to mainstream Spanish culture.  The work of young Chinese Spaniards, in particular, is challenging established notions of Spanish identity and developing new models for anti-racist activism in Spain. Cultural producers like musician Chenta Tsai and author/illustrator Quan Zhou Wu illustrate the productive intersection of art, activism, and have mobilized their social media platforms to highlight the productive possibilities of arti, activism and digital platforms. Both Tsai and Zhou Wu have used their social media presence to open conversations about race in Spain, suggesting that digital platforms can be productive spaces for intersectional activism and have the potential to make a significant impact on conversations about race in contemporary Spanish.

     

    About the Speaker:

    Mary Kate Donovan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Skidmore College, where her courses focus on contemporary Iberian cinema, literature and visual culture. Her research on race and migration in Spain have appeared in journals including Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. She is currently working on a book project that studies representations of the Chinese diaspora in contemporary Spain.

    This lecture is part of the Anti-racism Across Cultures Speaker Series presented by the Humanities Center and Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures. 
    Organized by the Spanish Program on behalf of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures and co-sponsored by the ESFI fund.
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