The Asian American Studies Research Collective (AASRC) is an interdisciplinary research group of graduate students with a wide variety of research interests and a common commitment in elevating Asian American Studies research and discussion at the University of Washington.
In 2012-2013, our main focus is on Shifting Asian American Identity by hosting reading groups, writing groups, and micro-seminars with UW faculty and visiting scholars whose research interests expand the discipline of Asian American Studies. Our goal is to distinguish how post-colonial theories and biopower correlate with performance theory in order to enhance our understanding of Asian American identity in present times.
For 2013-14, we are launching our year-long project, Biopower and Asian American Communities: Immigration, Child Adoption, and Demography. Recently, Asian American Studies has been becoming interdisciplinary considering new biotechnologies, global markets in human body parts, genetic information, human reproductive labor power, and demographic formation. We propose to delve into biopower and expect that the studies of biopower will allow us to understand how power operates in the contemporary society by employing racialized labor, medical knowledge, or demographic statistics. We will explore how biopower helps us to better understand the structuration, transformation, and politics of Asian American communities. We will also promote to integrate biopower to pedagogy on the UW campus.