Conference Info

Transnational Mixed Asians In-Between Spaces (TMABS) presents:
Dates: Friday, March 16th & Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Location: Friday at the International House (2299 Piedmont Ave) in the Robert & Ida Sproul Rooms and Saturday at Barrows Hall on the UC Berkeley campus

Link to online registration form:

**Registration is not required, but is highly encouraged so that we can plan ahead and be sure to have enough food for all those in attendance**


Preliminary Conference Schedule: 

Friday, March 16th

8:30-9am Registration
9-9:15am Welcome by TMABS Co-founder
9:15-10am Keynote address by Prof. Velina Hasu Houston (School of Theatre, USC)
10:15-11:45am Panel #1: Cultural Productions
12-1pm Lunch at the International House (free for all registered guests)
1:15-3pm Panel #2: Language and Cultural Representations of Multiracial People
3:15-4:45pm Panel #3: Genealogies of Post(War) Amerasian Legacies
5-6:30pm Dinner on your own
6:30-8pm Screening of “Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians” followed by Discussion and Q & A with the Co-Producer, Dr. Darby Li Lo Price
Saturday, Mary 17th 

9:30-10am Registration
10-11:45am Panel #4: History
12-1pm Lunch on your own
1:15-3pm Panel #5: Methodology
3:15-4:45pm Panel #6: Roundtable Discussion with TMABS
5-6pm Dinner (free for all registered guests)
6-8pm Performance (TBA)
8pm onwards Mixer (Drinks & Conversation)
Velina Hasu Houston 

Title of Address:
Transnational Mixed Race and Artistic Creation as Consciousness

Speaker Bio:

Velina Hasu Houston  is an award winning writer whose plays are produced internationally and who also is an essayist, poet, librettist, lyricist, and screenwriter. She has had many works internationally produced, presented, and published.  Her transnational voice focuses on the collisions and coalescence of culture, gender, and ethnicity and their impact on the shifting borders of identity and belonging, often from a US-Japan perspective, her cultures of origin.  Her cultural multiplicity (Japanese, African American, Native American Indian, and Cuban) compels her global and multidimensional outlook on life, discovery, and artistic expression.  Houston is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, Writers Guild of America-West, League of Professional Theatre Women, and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.  She serves on the US Department of State’s US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange.  At the USC School of Theatre, she is founder of the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing, Professor of Theatre, Associate Dean of Faculty, Director of Dramatic Writing, and Resident Playwright.  Her archives are at The Library of Congress, Washington DC, and The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Film Screening:

Film:  Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians (57mins.)
Summary: Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians, co-produced by Darby Li Po Price and Teja Arboleda, explores the perspectives of comedians of mixed racial descent as they express identities and humor that transcend monological categories and expectations. Crossing lines of racial, ethnic, and cultural acceptability by their very existence, multiracial comedians reveal that what it means to cross the line varies across intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, place, and time. Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians received a Telly Award for best independent television documentary, and aired on PBS nation-wide for three years.
Darby Li Po Price   completed a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies, with a dissertation titled Mixed Laughter: Mediating Multiracial Identities in American Ethnic Comedy. He has published in Amerasia Journal, Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism, The American Indian Culture and Research Journal and several edited  anthologies.  Price is an adjunct professor of Asian American and Native American Studies at Laney College, a producer-in-association with Entertaining Diversity, Inc., and a board director for the Native American Health Center.  Price is of Chinese, Scots, Welsh, and Cherokee descent.

Film Screening Moderator:

Wei Ming Dariotis

A San Franciscan born in Australia, Wei Ming Dariotis is an Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, with an emphasis on Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage and Asian American Literature, Arts, and Culture, at San Francisco State University. With Laura Kina and Camilla Fojas, she co-coordinated the Inaugural Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, at De Paul University, 2010.

Her selected recent academic publications include “‘My race, too, is queer’: queer mixed heritage Chinese Americans fight for marriage equality” in Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2007); “Crossing the Racial Frontier: Star Trek and Mixed Heritage Identities” in The Influence of Star Trek … (2007);  “To Be “Hapa” or Not to Be “Hapa”: What to Name Mixed Asian Americans?” At 40 Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State, 2009; “Teaching Edith Eaton,” in Asian American Literatures: Discourses and Pedagogies (Spring 2010); “Mixed Race Kin-Aesthetics in the Age of Obama” and “Obama and Hopes for a Post-Racial U.S.: The Voices of Mothers,” with Grace Yoo in Obama and the Biracial Factor… (2012).

Wei Ming Dariotis’ current project, with Laura Kina, is War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art, an art exhibit and a related book (University of Washington Press, forthcoming 2013).

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Generous funding provided by the Center for Race & Gender, Ethnic Studies Department, Chicana/o Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program Native American Studies Program, American Indian Graduate Program and UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly.