28 April 2008

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora (Deadline: 19 Dec 2008)

Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art

The literature of Southeast Asian women within the diaspora is marginalized in mainstream cultures. When visible, our writings are often misunderstood as stereotypical representations of purity, pathos, folklore, or matrilineal caricature. As activists, writers, and scholars, we are committed to bringing together a truly unique collection of voices by Southeast Asian women who trace their ancestry to Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei or East Timor, and whose stories have yet to be told or visualized.

We would also like to hear from women of minority groups, like the ethnic Chinese and Indians throughout Southeast Asia, and the Mien, Hmong, and Cham, who are located in many regions of the world. As the book’s subtitle suggests, we hope the collection will question the concept of national borders and the boundaries of literature and art. Because we envision this anthology will feature importantly in classroom curricula, we are looking for pieces that speak to broad themes and concerns relating but not limited to questions of youth, generational difference, nationality, identity, gender, sexuality, and class.

We are soliciting submissions of various genres: short stories, poems, personal essays, and artwork.

The deadline for submissions is December 19, 2008.

Mariam Beevi Lam (mariam.lam@ucr.edu)
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud (ipelaud@sfsu.edu)