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Queer/Asian Filipinos in Oregon: A Trans*Colonial Approach

Friday, November 6, 2015
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Student Union Rainbow Center Main Lounge

Kale B. Fajardo, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Friday, November 6 / 12PM

Rainbow Center at the Student Union / Main Lounge

Sponsored by Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, Rainbow Center and WGSS

“Filipino Goonies in Astoria, Oregon: Engaging Settler Colonialisms in Queer/Asian Diaspora Studies and Transnational Filipino/a Studies”

Kale B. Fajardo is Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and author of Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) which was reprinted by the University of the Philippines Press in 2013. He's working on a second book tentatively titled, "Following Filipinos: Sailors, Travelers, and Migrants – or A Pinoy History of the World," which continues the project of decolonizing, queering, and trans*ing Filipino/a masculinities.

Professor Fajardo’s talk/presentation focuses on the submerged and forgotten histories of Filipino cannery workers in Astoria, Oregon in the early 20th Century. Discussing his inter/trans disciplinary research in Astoria (and Oregon more broadly), he will engage the concept, reality and problem of settler colonialism in the context of Oregon and the Philippines. Dr. Fajardo will also address and dialogue with Queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous Studies critiques of Asian/Diaspora Studies and queer of color critique. Fajardo suggests a trans*colonial approach that addresses racialized and classed non-conforming genders across (colonial) geographies and temporalities, while also attending to the specificities of settler colonialism(s).


Ms. Fe Delos-Santos at

Asian American Studies Institute (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Geography Department, Rainbow Center, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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