quite a day. class in the morning. spent an hour studying the theresa hak kyung cha papers at the berkeley art museum (there are 3 file cabinets full, but i only had time to read thru four binders, all relating to her film work). spent another hour in the sun talking with javier (he pointed to this interview he did, hilarious) (we are both students at berkeley, but he’s a few years ahead of me). an hour at the library to check out some books for a historiography paper i’m working on examining representations of ethnic experiences during world war II. and finally, a meeting as part of the pacific islander commission with the american indian graduate studies association as we have begun talks about an indigenous conference next year at cal. am dead tired. but here i am, digging for just a bit more energy for NaBlogWrMo.
speaking of javier, he has a great new post about citizenship. i have very different issues with citizenship, since i was born on guam i was born a u.s. citizen, even tho i didnt actually live in the u.s. until i was 15 years old. i always thot it was strange as a kid to have a u.s. passport having never been to the states. anyways, i wanted to add my own line to javier & leon’s collaboration. hey, maybe peeps here can add their own lines in the comments 😉
“Not being born or living in the U.S. doesn’t not make you a citizen.”
in the post below, nicholas doesnt tell us about his love-affairs. and gary says:
In other words, using collage–even if only playing around with it and never using it in finished art of some kind–can help illumate other aspects of making that an artist may not have focused on before.
i def agree. i’ve learned so much working with collage, particularly about stanzas and linebreaks…so much easier to experiment with form when i dont have to worry about the words.
gary also asks a question:
Craig, could you clarify what you mean by ethnic-avant? Do you mean avant-garde writers dealing with/foregrounding enthnicity in some way in their work?
tho i understand the limitations of this kind of classification, i do feel that labels such as ‘ethnic-avant’ help us conceptualize and articulate certain trends in literary history. by ‘ethnic-avant’ i mean ‘ethnic’ writers who racialize avant-garde techniques. i don’t mean ‘ethnic’ writers who employ avant-garde techniques. two very different trends in my opinion, each with their own values and limits.
i’ll be reading here tomorrow!